Charisma (magazine)

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Editor-in-chief Marcus Yoars
Publisher Stephen Strang/Charisma Media
Total circulation
First issue 1975
Country United States
Language English
ISSN 0895-156X

Charisma (also known as Charisma + Christian Life) is a monthly Christian magazine based in Lake Mary, Florida, a suburb of Orlando. It is aimed at Pentecostals and charismatics. Its perspective is influenced by the Word-Faith movement, charismatic revivalism, and other contemporary streams of charismatic Christianity such as the Toronto Blessing, International House of Prayer, and the Apostolic-Prophetic movement.


The magazine was founded in 1975 as the members' magazine of Calvary Assembly of God in Winter Park, Florida, with Stephen Strang as publisher. In 1981, Strang bought the magazine for $25,000 and broadened its mission to serve the charismatic movement at large. The first year proved to be difficult, with a $100,000 loss, but the magazine later emerged as the "main magazine of the Christian charismatic movement".[2] Strang continues to run the magazine today through his company, Charisma Media (formerly Strang Communications).

In 1986, Charisma merged with Robert Walker's Christian Life magazine, which had been established in 1948, and Christian Life moved from Du Page County to Charisma's base in Altamonte Springs, Florida.[3][4] The merger, after which Walker served as a mentor to Strang, was described "a step towards bridging the gap between evangelical and charismatic Christians."[5] Charisma became Charisma + Christian Life, and served as the flagship for Strang's organization.[5] The magazine continued to grow over the subsequent years, and by 1997 it had a circulation of 250,000.[6] With the growth of the magazine and Strang Communications, Strang's influence grew as well, to the point where he was listed by TIME in 2005 as one of "The 25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America".[7]

Its current editor-in-chief is Marcus Yoars. The content of the magazine is a mixture of news, interviews, "Christian living" features, Bible teaching, and essays by columnists. Regular columnists include Joyce Meyer, and Dr. Don Colbert.[8] Jennifer LeClaire is the News Editor.

Political Activism[edit]

On May 14, 2013 Charisma sent out an email[9] to subscribers originating from the conservative Capital Hill Daily that stated, "By our estimates, Obamacare has already killed a million people by further straining an already weak healthcare system." With no data to back up this claim, this email was seen by critics of evangelical political activism as a new direction by Charisma Magazine to become more politically active and also for revealing Charisma Magazine's close ties to conservative media.


  1. ^ Charisma media kit, 2009
  2. ^ Davis, James D. (August 17, 2000). "25 Years Reporting 'What God is Doing'". Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Florida). p. 1.E. 
  3. ^ Buursma, Bruce (August 15, 1986). "Magazine gets new home, revitalized approach to youth". Chicago Tribune. p. 5. 
  4. ^ Kates, Joan Giangrasse (March 14, 2008). "Robert Walker: 1912 - 2008 - Trailblazing Christian journalist - Magazine founder guided by spirituality". Chicago Tribune. p. 11. 
  5. ^ a b Lawson-Young, Liz (17 March 2008). "Robert Walker: Beyond Paper and Ink". Christianity Today. Retrieved 7 January 2010. 
  6. ^ Warren, Mindy (April 12, 1997). "Spreading the gospel - Couple believe time is right for African-American Christian magazine". Arlington Morning News. p. 8A. 
  7. ^ "Stephen Strang". Time. 2005. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  8. ^ Retrieved 7 January 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  9. ^ "Obamacare Just Killed its Millionth Person...". 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 

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