Seeking Editor for The Lutheran Witness

I started two weeks before the 2010 convention.

Because there’s nothing like getting tossed into the deep end when you’re 25, still trying to figure out what it means to be an editor and discerning how best to write in a succinct but helpful way.

I had turned the job as editor of The Lutheran Witness down once, convinced I didn’t want to leave my happy little life at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind. But the Lord’s ways, it turns out, are rarely ours.

After the convention, the opportunities continued to grow: serving on restructuring committees, writing for Reporter, assisting with President Harrison’s testimony before Congress, delving into social media.

From there it was working as associate executive director for Strategic Communication, covering international theological conferences, assisting with Free to Be Faithful efforts, finding media trainers, starting up a new academic journal, ghost writing, speaking at events, managing convention newsrooms, and, all the while, trying to urge The Lutheran Witness forward as the teaching tool it was originally created to be–in print and online and everywhere in between.

And now it’s someone else’s turn.

It’s time to pass the editorial red pen–ok, FoxIt Reader’s PDF editing functions–on to a new editor.


Is it you?

People often think being an editor means finding misplaced commas or locating typos. And there is some of that.

But being an editor mostly means you know how to think broadly and yet also in focus. It means keeping your eye first and foremost on the well-being of the reader while finding and forming content that teaches and delights in a palatable way, in ways the audience will understand.

It means not talking above the reader or beneath him. It means keeping him engaged while not going so far over his head as to lose him. It means a bit of humor now and then. It means making sure that what’s written flows easily from A to B to C and ends back at A again. And it means having a thick skin when snarky letters to the editor flood your inbox.

Because they do flood.

For this role, it also means being Lutheran–the kind of Lutheran that desires to remind readers today of the historic things of the faith. It means believing that what the Church has taught and confessed is right and true and that it’s worth sharing and discussing regardless of what the world has to say. It means a bit of correcting when misconceptions arise and a lot of bringing people to the center when the culture and other denominations want them to veer to the left or the right.

Might that person be you?


Godly wife and mom

When my husband and I leave the hospital with our second baby next spring, after I’ve served as editor for seven years, I’m confident there will be a new editor at the helm. And I’m equally sure he or she will do a bang-up job.

As for me, I’ll be at home: taking care of my husband and my babies.

My parents taught my sisters and me that the most noble job a woman can have is to be a godly wife and mother. It’s what I’ve prayed to be since I was a little girl.

And while I’ve been able to edit from home for the past several years, it’s best for our family for me to turn my attention away from split infinitives and storyboards to my family and home . . . without meetings or distractions.

It’s time. I love my husband. I waited 29 years to meet him, after all, and I find no greater contentment than seeing to it that my children are well-catechized . . . and fed.

Because we do like to eat like farmers, after all.


Thank you

In the meantime, thank you.

Thank you for reading The Lutheran Witness. Thank you for writing letters. Thank you for reposting articles you find helpful on Facebook and Twitter. Thank you for finding me at conferences and symposias and conventions to tell me how much you appreciate the magazine.

Thank you for being Lutheran. Thank you for loving to learn. Thank you for desiring the holy things of God–primarily in the Divine Service and also in your prayers and devotions and denominational magazines.

And thank you for being patient with me.

Like the time I missed that there was no “l” in the word “public.”

{What was that about editors not just finding typos?}

I have failed often, learned much and been humbled in front of lots and lots of readers.

Lots and lots of readers.

As editor, I have made new friends across the world, attempted lamely to fill big shoes and experienced more than I would thought imaginable the first day I set foot in the International Center.

For all of that, for your kindness, for your love of life and Lutheranism,

thank you.


13 thoughts on “Seeking Editor for The Lutheran Witness

  1. Thanks for the great job you’ve been doing with The Lutheran Witness.

    And thanks as well for the amazing testimony in this column. Your husband and children are very fortunate people, and your parents obviously did well in raising you with God-honoring values.

    May our Lord continue to bless your pregnancy, and the birth of your new baby. And… keep writing!

  2. We’re so thankful for your editing and for the wonderful publication the Lutheran Witness has become. We’ll be praying that your replacement keeps the publication going in the same direction. Congratulations on your 2nd child, and THANK YOU for showing others how important the vocation of wife and mother is.

  3. Model for many…A Lutheran Christian…Discipleship to Jesus…in many diverse roles as wife, Mrs. Adriane Hines, as devoted mother to two maturing blessings…and in break out roles as Editor of the Lutheran Witness…where conscience, competence, and commitment characterized her seven year tenure as Editor. There was a wonderful partnership between matters of the heart and the mind and this connected with a wide ranging congregation of readers both locally and globally. She was blessed to make a difference and the major story in all of this was a woman a work with Jesus. Unforgettable.
    Dr. Albert Jabs
    Lexington, S.C.

    1. For your support both of me and the magazine over the years, thank you – thank you! – Dr. Jabs. The Lord is faithful.

  4. Thank you for doing a great job with LW during your watch. My opinion, you took a rag that was on life support and turned it into a decent publication again that does…teach stuff. (wow, what a concept) So congrats on Heins the sequel, blessings to you as you hammer down on the mom/wifey/assistant dairy farmer thing and I’m sure we’ll see you on a byline somewhere again.

    1. Thank you! And thanks for the Best Hockey Feature of the Year Award that LW won several years ago. It was one of my proudest moments. Sniffle.

  5. Hello,
    Does one need to live in Ft. Wayne for this position? I had lived in FW for 4 years while my husband studied to be a 2nd career Pastor. I had worked all 4 years when we lived in FW at Lutheran Miniatries Media, Inc.

    We, 4 children 17 and above, my husband, 2 dogs and myself, currently live outside of Chicago in The Village of Algonquin.

    My husband’s call sent us toImmanuel Lutheran Church and School, LCMS, Palatine, Illinois upon graduation in 2010.

    So, would my applying for this position require a move if chosen?

  6. I literally thought to self today: It’s been a coon’s age since I’ve seen Adriane around here. Wonder what she’s up to? The Witness will miss you; you have done an outstanding job!

    1. Thank you, Pastor! In good news, I won’t call you two seconds before an editorial deadline to ask you for an article anymore, so that’s something, right? 🙂

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