ADF Church Alliance is a legal membership for churches, launched by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). Alliance Defending Freedom is the largest religious freedom legal organization in the world. In addition to advocating for religious freedom, we advocate for the sanctity of life, free speech, and marriage and family.
We desire each expression of the Church to be all it is called to be. Our team is comprised of Christians, and ADF is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization.
We provide practical help to churches across the country through our legal membership. ADF Church Alliance acts as a hub for churches to gain access to experienced First Amendment lawyers. Our lawyers are available to answer religious liberty questions, conduct document reviews and provide advice, and even represent your church in court if necessary and appropriate.
ADF Church Alliance offers virtually all-inclusive legal help for religious freedom issues.
The Church is the tool by which God desires the Gospel to go to the ends of the earth. We work so that the rights of churches – to freely operate, preach, and minister – are not infringed.
Quite simply, ADF Church Alliance exists to keep the doors open for the Gospel.
Since our founding in 1994, ADF has been a steady advocate for religious freedom. We represent individuals, churches, and organizations that seek to freely live out their faith.
After serving the Church for more than two decades, ADF saw a trend emerging. Churches faced increasing legal concerns, but did not have access to attorneys who could help with the wide range of religious freedom questions and issues they had. Churches rarely had the resources – both legally and financially – to adequately protect their religious freedom.
We launched the ADF Church Alliance to create a sustainable way to help every church with its religious freedom legal needs. This membership initiative makes it possible for churches of all sizes and denominations to access affordable legal help.
Alliance Defending Freedom was founded by 30 Christian leaders who recognized the need for a legal response to religious freedom threats. In today’s culture, the need to protect religious freedom is greater than ever before. We are so grateful that, through ADF Church Alliance, churches are standing together to protect the Church for this and future generations. When we stand together, freedom is protected, churches are empowered, and more people hear the Good News.
We are passionate about protecting churches and serving church leaders as they face today's cultural and legal challenges. We care deeply about the Church and are committed to keeping the legal doors open for the Gospel.
Alliance Defending Freedom Statement of Faith
ADF Church Alliance members should be in general agreement and be able to certify that their church’s statement of faith (or similar document) does not materially conflict with the following statement of faith and the Alliance Defending Freedom Doctrinal Distinctives.
Based on our adherence to the inspired, infallible, inerrant, and authoritative Word of God in Scripture, we profess with the Christian Church throughout time and around the world the faith expressed in the Apostles’ Creed:
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic* Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
*"catholic" in this context, refers to the
body of Christ. This usage simply means
"universal, general, or concerning the
whole." In this statement, the term could
generally be substituted with "Christian."
Alliance Defending Freedom Doctrinal Distinctives
Also, based on this confession, we are committed to honoring God by obeying the two Greatest Commandments, loving God and loving neighbor, and based on that commitment and derived from the inspired, infallible, inerrant, and authoritative Word of God in Scripture, we profess the following as necessary for living the gospel: