Practical legal help for churches
so you can freely live and preach the Gospel.

Join thousands of members from coast to coast who are preparing and protecting their churches

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Join thousands of members from coast to coast who are preparing and protecting their churches.

Is Your Church Prepared for Changing Laws?

Is Your Church Prepared for Changing Laws?

The culture is changing. The changes in culture are leading to changes in law.

The culture is changing. The changes in culture are leading to changes in law.

  • Are your church bylaws, policies, and other governing documents written to provide legal protection for your church?
  • Are you equipped to handle legal challenges related to sexual orientation and gender identity?
  • Is your church taking proactive measures to help affirm your religious freedom?
  • Do you have likeminded counsel who can help you navigate changing religious freedom legal trends?

ADF Church Alliance membership provides legal help to churches so they can be more effective in ministry.


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Lead Your Church – Without the Legal Burden

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Legal issues involving churches are increasing

Church Leaders have a Unique Role in Protecting Religious Freedom

We are a nation in spiritual transition. This means churches are sometimes no longer seen as a central component of the community, and much of the good churches do goes unnoticed.

In this time of transition, churches are often viewed with an eye of distrust. Sometimes, they are even treated with outright hostility. Those who oppose the role of the Church in society are increasingly using legal means to divert local churches from their mission.

Yet with transition comes great opportunity for America’s churches when church leaders take up their unique role as stewards of religious freedom. Right now, churches are facing unprecedented legal challenges in America…

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  • Cities are attempting to apply sexual orientation and gender identity laws to churches, such as forcing churches to allow biological men into women’s restrooms.
  • The ministerial housing allowance, which treats pastor housing as tax-exempt, is being challenged in federal court by the activist organization Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF).
  • FFRF is also challenging the exemption that churches have from filing a Form 990 with the IRS. Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is representing a Washington, D.C. church in this case. This challenge – if successful – would force churches to provide sensitive information to the government and to the public. It would also pave the way for further tax exemption challenges.
  • Local governments are denying churches the use of public facilities, even when offering to pay the same rates as everyone else. Imagine the implications for church plants and other small churches who cannot otherwise afford to build or rent larger private facilities.
  • Some states are requiring that churches cover elective abortion in the health insurance coverage they provide their employees.
  • Government officials regularly intimidate churches with letters and formal-sounding warnings about what pastors can say concerning elections. The intended effect is obvious: limiting church leaders’ speech.
  • Local governments are using zoning laws to keep churches out of certain areas of town – a clearly unconstitutional treatment of churches.

We at ADF are assisting nearly 50 churches at any given time with legal issues affecting their ability to freely live and preach the Gospel. We advocate all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States to help secure freedom for your church through precedent-setting cases.

By stewarding religious freedom, we’ve seen churches turn opposition to the gospel into opportunities to spread the gospel even further.

Serving as an advisor and an advocate to churches on legal issues that impact your religious freedom, we help you steward this freedom so you can be more effective in ministry.

Join the legal membership that is dedicated to seeing the Church flourish by helping local churches secure the right to freely preach and operate consistent with biblical principles.

“With the seemingly sudden and bold attack on religious liberty in recent years, our church has sought out a trusted partner to position and equip us legally for ministry in the coming years. We chose ADF and partnered with them through their Church Alliance program. I would strongly encourage other churches to partner with them as well.”

Pastor Nathan Lino
Northeast Houston Baptist Church

“The team at Alliance Defending Freedom have consistently proven themselves to be the kind of convictional and talented advocates that Christians and churches are in need of today. I have no doubt that Church Alliance will benefit ministries across the country by establishing such a partnership between local churches and attorneys committed to safeguarding our most fundamental liberties.”

Russell Moore
President - Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention

“I would encourage every church become a member of Church Alliance and gain a friend in the legal arena.”

Pastor Mark Claudson
Le Grande First Baptist

“We are encouraged that our membership and partnership with ADF is making a difference.”

Pastor Danny de Armas
First Baptist Orlando

“Our investment with ADF Church Alliance brings security, peace of mind, and a pro-active preparedness for present and future battles with cultural and political overreach.”

Pastor Derald Skinner
Calvary Chapel Pearl Harbor

“This relationship gives me great confidence - knowing that there is someone on ourside and looking out for our best interest!”

Pastor J.C. Worley
GO Church

““This is an opportunity you cannot afford to miss.”

Dr. J. Robert White
Georgia Baptist Mission Board

“It’s going to help most pastors sleep well at night.”

Pastor Chris Lewis
Foothill Church

“Alliance Defending Freedom is the best legal friend a congregation can have.”

Pastor David Dykes
Green Acres Baptist Church

“What a comfort it is to know we have a partner like the ADF Church Alliance to stand beside us, offering sound legal counsel, helping us with our core documents and providing representation to defend our religious freedoms!”

Rev. Kirby Williams
New Hope Community Church

“We are thankful to partner with ADF to protect religious liberty here in America through the ADF Church Alliance.”

Kent Keller
Faith Bible Church

“I highly recommend using Church Alliance, as they focus on helping protect religious liberty across our nation and in churches, both large and small.”

Dale Whittle
Mountain View Christian Assembly

adf church alliance benefits

adf church alliance benefits

We help churches with religious liberty and church autonomy legal issues.

  • We review your church documents – constitution, bylaws, policies, and more (even if they are incomplete) – and help you make changes to increase your religious freedom protections.

  • We are available to you as advisors, so you can reach out to ADF attorneys whenever you have legal questions.

  • We keep you informed, so you know the trending legal issues churches are facing across the country and so you are prepared.

  • If necessary, we can represent your church – free of additional charge – in a case involving your church’s religious freedom.

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what adf church alliance members experience

  • Church documents that can serve as positive evidence in the courtroom
  • Increased understanding of challenges the Church faces
  • Peace of mind when confronting legal issues or changes
  • A strong, stable ally in their corner
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your church's investment

What's My Church's Investment in Religious Freedom?

Today’s legal culture makes going to court costly. Advocating all the way to the Supreme Court – as Alliance Defending Freedom has done successfully nine times since 2011 – can cost over $1 million per case.

Legal challenges can also have a cost that impacts future generations. If churches don’t protect and support religious freedom, who will?

Don’t wait for a lawsuit before you consider how to prepare and protect your church. Lead your church without carrying its legal burden – join today.

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