The Associated Church Press is dedicated to expanding the reach and influence of faith-based journalism. It strives to connect members to one another and larger audiences by collaborating with innovative and creative communicators, providing professional development opportunities to expand your skills, and awarding excellence in the annual independently judged “Best of the Christian Press” competition.
Members are invited to our annual convention where you will network with publishers, editors and other journalists at today’s leading Christian publications, lead or attend workshops, and advance the role religious communications has in contemporary media.
Membership Categories and Annual Dues
Print Publications: Open to publications that subscribe to the ACP’s purpose, that are recognized by churches or denominations as church publications, or that serve church constituents. Publication websites designed to promote and enhance the main publication(s) are included in membership dues, unless they meet the criteria for Digital / Web Publication membership (see below.)
Circulation-Based Dues for Print Publications
[twocol_one]5,000 – 24,999[/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last]$400.00[/twocol_one_last]
[twocol_one]Up to 4,999[/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last]$250.00[/twocol_one_last]
Print Newsletters, Digital / Web Publications*, News Services**: $250.00
* Open to websites or digital editions with independent content of at least 40 percent original material and produced by a separate staff and leadership than a partner/parent print publication. Websites or digital editions of member publications that meet these criteria must pay for a Digital Publication membership in addition to dues paid by the print publication.
** Open to print and digital news services providing original content for its own constituency and for distribution to other publications.
Individual Members: $100 regular; $50 for student and retired members
Open to freelance writers, bloggers, journalists, designers and photographers, as well as former ACP publication-member staff. This includes religion writers for secular media and church media officers. Students engaged in faith-based communications and retired members are invited to join at a discounted rate.
Affiliate Membership: $500
Open to non-print-publishing businesses or individuals whose work is related to religious communication, such as think tanks, research organizations, companies and individuals who provide printing, public relations and marketing, fundraising, consulting and Web development. Includes one-time use of ACP mail list and 20-percent discount on any ACP sponsorship (convention, web page, event, ACP project or publication.)
There are two ways to join the Associated Church Press or renew your membership
- Register at or log in to the Associated Church Press portal at Member Planet.
- Payment will be completed via PayPal/credit card checkout.
- Existing members can email and receive a link to verify their account and/or pay online.
- Print and complete the ACP membership form and mail it with your check to:
The Associated Church Press
1109 Owen Way
Sykesville, MD 21784
All dues must be paid in full to enter the annual ACP “Best of the Church Press” awards competition in early January. Additionally, renewing Publication Members that make use of the U.S. Postal Service are asked to pay a modest contribution to fund ACP’s extensive Postal Advocacy activities that are undertaken on their behalf.
Please call or email the ACP Office with any questions regarding your annual dues.
Phone: (503) 583-8655