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Church Law & Tax Report Celebrates 25 Years

Times and technology change, but the mission remains the same.

As hard as it is for me to believe, Church Law & Tax Report launched 25 years ago. I would like to share a few thoughts about the origin, early years, and continuing mission of this publication.

I was asked to teach a course on church law at a local seminary in Springfield, Missouri, back in 1979. I was a young attorney, with little experience in church legal matters, but I agreed to the assignment based entirely on my assumption that someone had written a "church law" text that I could use. I soon discovered that my assumption was incorrect. There were no such books in print!

Over the next few years, I made the commitment to write my own book. I spent countless hours in the legal library of a state appellate court pouring over every court ruling involving churches or clergy back to the 19th century. It became a familiar sight, me sitting at a table surrounded by piles of casebooks ...

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