Seriously? - Who would do that?

Dave Firth - Editor, Authentic Magazine

Dave Firth - Editor, Authentic Magazine

Well, some people would think we're crazy but it was a simple step of faith and trusting in a limitless God!

It’s been a long road but we’re excited that it’s finally here.

It all started ten years ago when I (Dave) had the privilege of helping my good buddy, Steve Legg, launch ‘Sorted’ the UK’s only Christian men’s magazine. I moved to New Zealand the following year but Steve and I kept in touch about different things and we even talked about launching a men’s magazine out here. Well, since then I’ve been teaching a Bible-based Business Course at Capernwray Bible School and working as Communications Manager for Capernwray’s parent organisation, Torchbearers International so the idea just sat on the back burner, until about four years ago, when through a strange series of meetings with different people the idea suddenly started getting traction again. I’d mention the idea to prominent Christian leaders here in NZ and they’d say things like, “That’s a great idea - how can we help?” It finally got to the point where the 20+ people I’d had serious conversations about it with, started to ask me, “So, when’s the men’s magazine happening, Dave?”

One of those people was my buddy Lee Hanson. Lee had directed a design agency for the last 10 years and we had completed many projects together. We spent many hours thinking, praying, planning, laughing (at the thought of doing this) and crying (at the thought of doing this). We both had full plates with work and ministry responsibilities so it was hard to see how this was ever going to happen...

When you feel like there isn’t enough time in each hour - let alone day, week or month - you could argue that it’s a bad idea to even entertain the thought of launching a Christian men’s magazine, but that’s where the importance of ‘surrender’ comes in.

Christ, not busyness, is Life (John 14:6). So it was as simple as ‘surrendering’ it all to Him and that’s when it got exciting. Ideas, people, photographers, writers, funding, partnerships, advertising - all started flowing...

We have exclusive interviews with well known Christian Kiwis, brand new articles written from high profile Christian writers, authors and speakers, partnerships with the biggest NZ and international ministries and all of it just happened! We just sat back and watched. God is good - all the time. It’s just that sometimes we are so busy doing things FOR God we forget what He promised: ‘the one who calls you is faithful and HE will do it.’ (1 Thessalonians 5:24)

Everyone involved in this project is busy! But busy is a misused word. We always seem to have time for the things that are important, so when God calls you to do something He never does it without giving you all the time, resources and energy you need to do it. The problem is often we take on things that we shouldn’t so we feel like we don’t have capacity for the things of God!

Being Authentic is a calling - and we’re taking it seriously! Trusting in Christ no matter what. Not pretending, not conforming, not fearing, not running. Trusting Him to be who He says He is.

We also feel that Authentic Magazine is a calling too. A quarterly men’s magazine that is scheduled to run for just two years, so that’s 8 issues. Of course, if the Lord leads then it will continue beyond that point, but right now, the plan is just for the next two years. We recognise that everything belongs to Him (Psalm 24:1). We know that. We are simply stewards, but we’re thrilled to be part of what He is doing.