The RELEVANT Story
By Cameron Strang
June 23, 2010
Founder of RELEVANT, husband of Maya, dad of Cohen, follower of Jesus, podcaster, design nerd, fan of the Magic and Gators. But not in that order.
Since 2002, RELEVANT has been the leading platform for twenty- and thirtysomething Christians covering faith, culture and intentional living. The stories we tell are at the intersection of where a Christ-centered life is really lived. Our magazine is not about "being relevant" (whatever that means)—it's that a personal relationship with God is relevant to every aspect of our lives. (And yes, we cover the stuff that's relevant to our readers.) We reach about 800,000 readers a month, publishing every other month in print and iPad, as well as daily online, and weekly via our podcast.
Who are we?
We’re twenty- and thirtysomething Christians seeking God and striving to impact the world around us. We are people who want to live well—artfully, outwardly and intentionally. We are pro-Church and want to love our neighbors as ourselves. We love great art—whether that be redemptive music, movies, books or design. We are daily seeking to show how God is at work in the world and in our generation.
We try to publish ideas that break stereotypes, challenge the status quo and spur a generation to know God more—and change the world while they're at it. We want to engage our generation in a deeper conversation about faith, challenging worldviews and causing people to see God outside the box they’ve put Him in. Encountering God changes things.
We believe God is alive and speaking both inside and outside the four walls of the church. That’s why we cover life issues and culture next to social justice and spiritual growth—to look at the things relevant to our lives and world, and give voice to what God is doing in and through our generation. We believe a lot can be learned by looking more deeply at things that challenge you. But we also believe in the importance of the Church and want to be catalysts for change rather than part of the mass exodus of our generation leaving it.
Christians can’t be complacent living in a Christian bubble and never engaging the world they live in. We want to live the way Jesus did. Through relationship and love, the world was changed. We don’t think believers should be known primarily for legalism and bigotry. We believe in dialogue—about Truth, about faith, about freedom in Christ.
Cameron Strang founded RELEVANT Media Group on June 1, 2000, when he was 24. It's a self-contained, for-profit business not affiliated with any other companies, denominations or organizations. We published books from 2001-2006 (R.I.P., RELEVANT Books), launched RELEVANTmagazine.com in March 2002, and the print magazine in March 2003. In September 2011, we reimagined the magazine for an iPad edition now available in the iTunes App Store.
You can subscribe to RELEVANT for only $14.99 a year (six issues, plus a ton of extras)—68 percent off the newsstand rate. With each subscription, you'll also get four quarterly RELEVANT Collection albums featuring exclusive performances and top tracks from our favorite bands, six print magazines, and full access to all magazine content and premium downloads online. That's a lot.
OUR PURPOSERELEVANT Media Group is a multimedia company whose purpose is to impact culture and give voice to what God is doing in and through our generation. We believe encountering God changes lives, so the magazine looks at how we can live that out in tangible, intentional and thoughtful ways. We talk about culture and real-life issues that other faith-based magazines might shy away from, because we believe it's important to address the gritty stuff of life—even when it makes us uncomfortable. If it's relevant to our readers, you'll find it on our pages.
What we're currently working on:
RELEVANTmagazine.com is the daily updated, interactive counterpart of RELEVANT magazine. Together, they have become the leading platforms reaching a generation of culturally savvy world-changers hungry for God.
To get the full RELEVANT experience, be sure to subscribe to our magazine, which gives you unlimited access to magazine content and premium downloads on the website. If you have an iPad, check out the RELEVANT iPad Edition. Each issue is only $2.99 in the App Store, or you can subscribe for a great discount, and full website access as well.
Don't miss out on what 80,000+ other weekly listeners have discovered—be sure to download the always entertaining RELEVANT Podcast, featuring interviews, live studio performances and some fun, nonsensical discussions with our editors. A new one is posted every Friday.
Remember to visit the other members of the RELEVANT family—Next, our sub-site just for creative innovators, social entrepreneurs and emerging leaders; and Reject Apathy, our digital magazine and site about local, global, Christ-centered social justice. And an all-new RELEVANT.tv and The Drop are coming soon!
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WHAT WE BELIEVE
Whether 20 years into it or just starting out, if you’re at this website you’re probably on a spiritual journey. Christianity is not a destination. No one has it all figured out. And because of that you’ll find the articles in RELEVANT ask questions a lot of others won't, which is something we feel is vital to our spiritual growth. We need to never stop pursuing Truth and authenticity with passion.
But we do believe. We believe that eternal life and the only true freedom is found in Christ. We believe a relationship with Him changes things forever. You are not the person you used to be after you find Him. You may not be perfect—we’re all sinners, after all—but you don’t live the way you used to. Jesus told us to be in the world, yet not of it. We’re supposed to stand out and make a difference. We’re supposed to live for something bigger than ourselves.
That’s not something we can magically attain overnight. Following Christ and figuring out what it means to be like Him is a lifelong quest. It’s the hardest, longest and most rewarding thing we will ever undertake. It is what will define us—not only in this life, but the life to come.
For more information about Christianity, we recommend checking out the Bible (it is the source, after all) and finding a good local church where you can meet other people like you.
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