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Submission Policy for Articles

We appreciate your desire to submit an article to the Encounter: Journal for Pentecostal Ministry. As you prepare your submission, please follow the guidelines below:

General Comments

  • The editors of Encounter assume that all submitted work is legitimate to the author, that all citations are accurate, and that anything quoted or paraphrased is properly cited.
  • In no case should articles that appear elsewhere in the same or a different language be submitted.
  • Submissions should include a brief abstract summarizing the content of the article.
  • Word count guidelines:
    • Feature Article (3,400 words)
    • Ministerial Reflection (1,500 words)
    • Book Review (900 words) - include full bibliographic information (including page count) and a JPG of the book cover. (For tips on writing a good review, see a brief description below from, “What is a Good Academic Book Review?
  • Articles should be double-spaced and submitted as Microsoft Word documents via email to encounter@agts.edu (Attn: Dr. Paul Lewis, editor).
  • Along with your submission, include your full name (and degree, if applicable) as you would want it displayed in the byline; a brief description of your ministry context and title; and, if you were an AGTS grad, your degree and year received.
  • Attach a photo of yourself (JPG format) for posting with the article if the article is accepted.
  • Encounter accepts contributions in English only.


  • Please use the Turabian 8th Edition for general questions regarding style, punctuation and notation. (APA may be acceptable for submissions from the counseling field.)
  • Articles should be double-spaced.
  • The body of the article should be printed in size 12 font, preferably Times New Roman. Section headings may be size 14.
  • Sentences should only have one space between the period and the first letter of the next sentence. (Do a “find” and “replace” to take care of this problem quickly.)
  • We encourage submissions to include hyperlinks.
  • We encourage submissions to include visual images when appropriate (legal pictures, etc.).

Technical and Grammatical Details

  • Please avoid use of all caps anywhere in the article.
  • All non-English words and titles should be italicized. (If a non-English word is in parentheses, both the word and the parentheses should be italicized.)
  • All words that require non-latin fonts should be transliterated.
  • Block quotations should only be indented 4 spaces from left margin, and extend all the way to the right margin.
  • Block quotations should not be endnoted; rather the quote should be noted like this "(Bonhoeffer 1967, 47)" after the quote.
  • Use a computer generated “em dash” (—) instead of two hyphens (--). Obtain em dash by going to “insert” then “symbols.” Note: there should be no spaces before or after the em dash.
  • Use computer generated ellipses ( … ) rather than three periods (. . .). Obtain ellipses by going to “insert” and then “symbols.” Note: there should be one space immediately before and after the ellipsis.
  • When listing a series of three things, make sure to use two commas (red, white, and blue).
  • Do capitalize in reference to deity: He, Him, His (do not capitalize the reflexive “himself” in reference to deity).
  • Do capitalize: Bible, Scripture, the Early Church, the Church (lowercase for the local church).
  • Do not capitalize: biblical, scriptural, body of Christ, godly/godliness.

Writing Style

  • Try to avoid verbs of being (am, is, are, were, being) and choose active verbs instead.
  • Try to avoid the overuse of trite emphasis words such as really, very, tremendous, greatly.
  • Don’t confuse “than” and “then.”
  • Don’t confuse “which” and “that.”
  • Don’t confuse “lead” and “led” (the past tense of lead is not lead; this is a soft metal).
  • Don’t confuse “While” (which refers to time/during) with “Although”
  • Do not use Firstly, Secondly, Thirdly, etc. It is simply: First, Second, Third.
  • Use gender neutral or gender inclusive language: To avoid overuse of the male and female singular pronouns “he or she,” (1) use nouns wherever possible (e.g., participant, student, believer, congregant, etc.) or (2) use the plural pronouns “their,” “they,” or “them.” When you do use the male and female singular pronouns, use “his or her” (not his/her) and “his and her” (not his/her). Do not use s/he. Use humankind (not mankind). Rule of thumb: if noting gender is relevant to the sentence, do so with gender inclusive language. If not, use gender neutral language.
  • Try to avoid the overuse of the following words:




a person; a believer, a Christian, Christian leaders, etc.


state what “it” is referring to

  • Note, the proper form of the following words:

One word

Two Words

Hyphenated words

1st choice spelling


decision making




problem solving


adviser (academic)


team taught









Biblical References (See Turabian 7th edition: 256-257, 340-344 and Chicago 15.47-15.54.)

  • Make sure to follow book abbreviations as found in Chicago Manual of Style. Use the form that includes the period (Gen.) as opposed to the form that does not (Gn).
  • If quoting one verse and referencing others state: (John 3:16; cf. John 1:1).
  • After Scripture has been quoted in text, put Scripture reference(s) in parentheses (not in a footnote), using the abbreviations below. For example: (Gen. 3:12-13). Note that the period goes AFTER the closing parenthesis: “Jesus wept” (John 11:35).
  • The first time you quote Scripture, insert the following footnote: All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise noted, are from (name of version you use).
  • If you refer to a different version than your main source, put the abbreviation of that version in parentheses also: (Gen. 3:12, NIV).
  • The Bible paraphrase, The Message, is spelled out since it does not have a standard abbreviation yet.
  • Make sure multiple Scripture references are in proper sequence as found in the Bible (Gen. 1:1; Mark 1:1; Rev. 1:1).
  • Abbreviations: (See Turabian pp. 340-343); use traditional not shorter version listed:

    Old Test.:   New Test.:
    Gen. 2 Sam. Prov. Amos Matt. Eph. 1 Pet.
    Exod. 1 Kings Eccles. Obad. Mark Phil. 2 Pet.
    Lev. 2 Kings Song of Sol. Jon. Luke Col. 1 John
    Num. 1 Chron. Isa. Mic. John 1 Thess. 2 John
    Deut. 2 Chron. Jer. Nah. Acts 2 Thess. 3 John
    Josh. Ezra Lam. Hab. Rom. 1 Tim. Jude
    Judg. neh. Ezek. Zeph. 1 Cor. 2 Tim. Rev.
    Ruth Esther Dan. Hag. 2 Cor. Titus  
    1 Sam. Job Hosea Zech. Gal. Philem. Apoc.
      Ps. (pl. Pss.) Joel Mal.   Hem.  

  • Subsequent Citation from Bible Passages:
    • If you refer to verses from the same chapter as the previous citation, use the abbreviation v. or vv. for verse(s) (e.g., vv. 17-18).
    • Do not repeat a book abbreviation for a citation immediately following one from the same book.
    • Do repeat the book once you have begun a new paragraph. This helps to reorient the reader to the book of the Bible you are referring to, without having to look back in the previous paragraph to do so.
  • Do not abbreviate a biblical reference in running text of the paper: (“The opening chapters of Ephesians constitute a sermon on love.” OR “According to Genesis 1:27, God created man in His own image.” OR “Jeremiah, chapters 42-44, records the flight of the Jews to Egypt.
  • DO abbreviate a biblical reference when it appears in a footnote (Chicago, 15.47-49).
  • In biblical referencing, Turabian and the Chicago Manual discourage the use of “f” and “ff.” Use the specific page range of verses instead.
  • Use a hyphen between verses instead of a comma (72-73, not 72, 73)
  • When more than one Psalm is being referenced, use Pss. Instead of Ps.
  • Be sure to double-check EVERY Scripture reference for accuracy.
  • Use “cf.” sparingly. T.2.23 says cf. is preferable only in footnotes.
  • Use 1 or 2 instead of I or II for 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, and so on.

Endnotes and Bibliographies:

  • Please use endnotes rather than footnotes.
  • Make sure there are no spaces between the number and the note (1Author’s Name, Title…)
  • Use 2nd ed. (not 2d ed.) for the second edition of a book.
  • In endnotes, there should be no comma after title: Title (place: publisher, date), page.
  • Make sure to place a period and a comma after Ibid. (Ibid., 27.)
  • Book, journal, and magazine titles are to be italicized, not underlined.
  • Use two-letter abbreviations for states.
  • Make sure you are consistent in how you list publishing companies (not Zondervan in some places, and Zondervan Publishing House in others).
  • In Bibliography “Vol.” is capitalized. (In endnotes it is “vol.”)

"What is a Good Academic Book Review?"

A good academic book review summarizes a monograph’s thesis and evaluates its place in the … literature for scholars who have not yet read the work. … As you write a book review, identify the author’s thesis and then note the way in which the author supports his or her argument. What is the structure of the book? Is it a chronological narrative or a thematic treatment? What type of sources does the author use? Do the arguments seem persuasive? Tell your readers what the book does and does not do, and evaluate its effectiveness in meeting its stated goals. Summarize the narrative themes of the book, but do not lose sight of your main argument. A strongly focused book review that makes a coherent argument will probably be a much better essay than one that does not have a central theme. Good organization of your points and a strong writing style are important.

Updated: Monday, October 6, 2014 12:27 PM