IRS definitions, ministerial confusion, and the Supreme Court

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It seems that the LCMS is at the front and center of a legal struggle that will have a long lasting affect upon anything considered “church”.

When I first started learning about nomenclature in regards to churches I was confused by the minister of religion-ordained and minister of religion – commissioned categories.  I know the basic definitions now, and I understand that certain IRS benefits come from this, but it appears that the confusion has caused this case to come up and rise to the highest court in the land.

Has anyone been following this?  If so, what are the ramifications for our congregations?

Thanks to “Carl Vehse”, we previously discussed this on the April 2, 2011, BJS thread, “LCMS school in Supreme Court case.”

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