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Southern Ontario’s Christian Newspaper

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About Christian Herald

History & Mission • Statement of Faith

History & Mission

Every Sunday, hundreds of thousands of Christ-followers gather to worship in Southern Ontario congregations.
Evangelical Christianity connects just about every age, culture and income-group in the region.

For more than 20 years, Christian Herald has been serving Christians in Southern Ontario. As one of the largest-circulation Christian newspapers in Canada, Christian Herald is dedicated to providing solid reporting that local Christians can’t get anywhere else. We report on local and international news, upcoming events and reviews of Christian books, music and movies that rarely, if ever, get mentioned in mainstream media reporting.

Christian Herald was founded in 1994 out of concern that the lack of a local Christian print communications medium in the region was hampering the effectiveness of local churches, ministries and para-church groups in Southern Ontario.

No one envisioned the community support the new publication would generate: the paper tripled its circulation and more than quadrupled its distribution outlets in its first two years. And the paper is in such high demand that in many locations, copies are usually all gone within days of coming off the press.

Structure
The paper provides a monthly complilation of features of interest to Christians.
These features are divided into sections which include News, Events, Music, Columns, Reviews and more.

A very popular section of the paper is the Community Calendar, which lists upcoming events of interest to the community free of charge. In an unusual situation for a religious publication, this section has drawn a strong response from young people, who regularly use the paper to find out about upcoming concerts and other music-related events.

The paper is written in a simple, lively style since Southern Ontario's Christian community encompasses a wide variety of ages, races and occupations.

Circulation & Demographics
The Christian Herald is distributed free of charge through more than 600 churches, bookstores, colleges and businesses in the Greater Toronto/Southern Ontario region. The Christian Herald has a general print circulation of 27,000 copies per issue (January 2020.)

The paper serves the wider Evangelical Christian community, which encompasses over 70 denominations such as
Baptists, Pentecostals, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Salvation Army and many, many others.

The print edition is currently distributed throughout the City of Toronto, and the surrounding cities including St. Catharines, Grimsby, Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, Mississauga, Brampton, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Newmarket, Barrie, Markham, Ajax, Pickering and Oshawa.

In October 2020, Christian Herald launched its Digital Edition.

Statement of Faith

Christian Herald is an unapologetically Christian media organization and holds to certain principles on which our work, and well as our faith, is based.
We affirm our core beliefs in our Statement of Faith, adopted by the World Evangelical Alliance.

We believe in...

...the Holy Scriptures as originally given by God, divinely inspired, infallible, entirely trustworthy;
and the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct...

One God, eternally existent in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit...

Our Lord Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh, His virgin birth, His sinless human life, His divine miracles, His vicarious and atoning death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension, His mediatorial work, and His Personal return in power and glory...

The Salvation of lost and sinful man through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ by faith apart from works, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit...

The Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the believer is enabled to live a holy life, to witness and work for the Lord Jesus Christ...

The Unity of the Spirit of all true believers, the Church, the Body of Christ...

The Resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

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Another ancient creed of the Christian Church is The Apostles Creed:

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
the Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:

Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended into hell.

The third day He arose again from the dead.

He ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,
whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic* church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting.

Amen.

*The word "catholic" here historically refers not to the Roman Catholic Church, but to the universal church of the Lord Jesus Christ.