ADF Church Alliance Member Benefits

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Practical legal help for your church
Churches need legal help so they can freely minister in a changing culture. But few have legal staff or access to attorneys who are familiar with legal issues unique to churches – legal issues that can impact church operations, and, ultimately, the spread of the Gospel.

ADF Church Alliance membership provides practical legal help to churches so they can freely preach and live the Gospel.
We help you with your church documents – constitution, bylaws, employment documents, policies and more.
Send your documents and policies to our team.
ADF attorneys review your
documents and provide feedback.
Implement revised policies and documents to help protect your church.
We even provide you with sample documents if your current documents are incomplete. Don’t wait until your documents are “perfect” to send them – we’ll help you regardless of your documents’ current state.

Reach out to ADF attorneys whenever you have legal questions.
You ask our attorneys church-related legal questions.
ADF attorneys consult with you and/or your leadership team.
You lead your church, knowing your legal options.
Know the trending legal issues churches are facing across the country, so you are prepared.
  • You receive email updates on new legal issues affecting churches.
  • Monthly e-newsletters deliver reliable news to your inbox.
  • You can access a members-only site with legal resources and guides for you and your congregation.
Make sure churches have the legal representation they need.
  • If necessary, we can represent your church – free of additional charge – in a case involving your church’s religious freedom.
  • Give churches confidence to freely live and preach the Gospel.
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 legal ally in their corner

“I am grateful for the ADF Church Alliance. They have been working alongside us to protect our church and its ministries by updating our church documents. They have been quick to respond and easy to work with. ADF Church Alliance respectfully caught our vision and made suggestions that accentuated and protected our core values.” 

Pastor Derald Skinner
Calvary Chapel Pearl Harbor

“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.” 

Nathan Lino
Pastor, Northeast Houston Baptist Church

“Being a part of this movement for religious freedom is exciting. This is a great benefit for our church now and in the future, and we also consider this a mission that helps our brothers and sisters at churches all over the country who need the immediate legal support. We are encouraged that our membership and partnership with ADF is making a difference. ” 

Danny de Armas
Senior Associate Pastor, First Baptist Orlando

“...we have been working with ADF Church Alliance in auditing and discussing our church governing documents. The process has been encouraging and thorough and the recommendations have been very helpful in providing practical, Christ-centered legal advice. 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
Deacon at Mountain View Christian Assembly in Sandy, Utah

“I found myself having a legal conversation within one week of my initial inquiry. I feel I have a new friend who is an experienced lawyer. And his entire legal team stands ready and waiting to help our church and me whenever the need arises. I would encourage every church to become a member of Church Alliance and gain a friend in the legal arena."

Pastor Mark Claudson
Le Grande First Baptist

peace of mind in 3 steps

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Submit Your Easy Application

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Get Access to Legal Resources, Advice, and More

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Lead Your Church – Without the Legal Burden

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Focus Areas of Church Law

• Facility
• Government Mandates
• Unconstitutional Regulation
• Equal Access To Government Property or Benefits
• Volunteer Requirements
• Employment
• Land Use
• Tax Exemptions

Not all legal matters relating to a church are within the scope of services provided in ADF Church Alliance membership.

For those matters that are not part of your membership, we can help by referring you to our network of over 3,400 Allied Attorneys.

See our detailed benefits of membership and scope of services below.

Benefits of Membership and Scope of Services

As an ADF Church Alliance member, you will receive:

• Legal review of church bylaws and policies that relate to protecting your church’s religious liberty
• Direct access to attorneys to answer your questions about protecting your church’s religious liberty
• Consultation for legal issues involving your church’s religious liberty (prior to litigation)
• Legal representation in cases involving the church’s religious liberty (e.g., employment, land use, tax exemption, church member discipline/removal, requests to use church facilities, government mandates or unconstitutional regulation, volunteer requirements, equal access to government property or benefits and clergy confidentiality)
• Specialized resources such as webinars and newsletters tailored to protecting the religious liberty of the Church

ADF Church Alliance is not an insurance program, and Alliance Defending Freedom is not an insurance company. ADF typically will represent ADF Church Alliance members in all litigation related to protecting the religious liberty of the Church. However, ADF cannot guarantee legal representation in every situation and does not provide casualty payments for a lawsuit. Any legal representation undertaken by ADF is without cost to ADF Church Alliance members.

Some church legal matters involve administrative tribunals such as zoning boards and tax agencies. ADF normally does not appear as legal counsel before administrative agencies or administrative tribunals. ADF will assist in finding local counsel for administrative phases of legal matters that fall within the ADF Church Alliance scope of services, but it cannot guarantee that local counsel representation will be free of charge.

Matters ADF does not provide legal representation for include, but are not limited to: 

• Intra-ministry, inter-ministry or denominational disputes or negotiations
• Allegations of child abuse or criminal prosecutions unrelated to religious liberty
• Tax advice, tax audits or investigations that do not relate to religious liberty
• Start-up and filing requirements (e.g., 501(c)(3) applications, sales tax exemption applications, corporate filings)
• Advice regarding corporate structure or general liability issues not related to religious liberty
• General advice regarding government contracts or grant agreements
• Drafting business contracts such as rental agreements or vendor contracts
• International legal matters or compliance with international law
• Land use cases will generally only be approved if discrimination or unequal treatment is present

ADF has the sole authority to determine whether a request for advice or representation falls within the scope of services offered.

Alliance Defending Freedom reserves the right to terminate any membership agreements and/or add, change, or remove rules, conditions of membership, scope of services, and all services offered by and through ADF Church Alliance at any time and in its sole discretion. In the event of membership termination, Alliance Defending Freedom shall only be obligated to return to a former member any prepaid but unused membership dues, without penalty or interest.