Evangelical Press Association

Evangelical Press Association

Evangelical Press Association

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The Evangelical Press Association is a professional association serving the Christian periodical publishing industry. Its members produce some 300 periodical titles with a combined circulation of over 20 million. EPA is a religious and educational non-profit corporation under the laws of the state of California. It is managed by an executive director, who is responsible to a board of six directors. The following statement of purpose was adopted at the founding meeting of the association in 1948:

The EPA seeks to promote the cause of evangelical Christianity and to enhance the influence of Christian journalism by:
* providing Christian fellowship among members of the Association;
* rendering practical assistance;
* stimulating mutual helpfulness among members;
* encouraging high ethical and technical standards in the field of Christian journalism;
* and suggesting concerted and timely emphasis on important issues.


Beginnings

In the fall of 1947, a handful of editors met at the convention of the National Sunday School Association and began to talk about an association of evangelical editors. Dr. James DeForest Murch, editor of United Evangelical Action, took the lead and called together a pro tem committee in Chicago on May 6, 1948. Thirty-five editors met at the Congress Hotel in Chicago. They officially organized the Evangelical Press Association, adopted the doctrinal statement of the National Association of Evangelicals and wrote the...
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