You can lead your church
without carrying its legal burden. 



Our culture is changing


The world is becoming increasingly hostile to churches, but we must continue to be salt and light. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus tells Peter that “the gates of hell shall not prevail against” the Church.

— Matthew 16:19 —
But He did not say that the Church would not face daunting cultural and legal challenges. Instead, we find ourselves in a culture that increasingly rejects Christianity.


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Is your church prepared?

Churches face legal issues all the time, so they need to be prepared. And when an issue arises, churches need trusted counsel.  

With over 24 years of service, at all court levels, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) has seen the cultural and legal trends clearly shift against the Church.

We can help your church prepare itself for these changes.

Your legal burden, shared by attorneys.

The ADF Church Alliance provides practical legal help so that churches can preach and live the Gospel, without government entanglement or hindrance. You don’t have to face legal issues alone. We bear the legal burden so you can boldly lead your church.

Religious Liberty Audit

You can receive a religious liberty review of your church’s governing documents, including your statement of faith, facility use policy, church membership policy, employment documents, and more.


Access to an Attorney

You can access attorneys whenever you have questions. These attorneys help you navigate legal issues that may impact your church.

Attorney Consultation

You can consult with an attorney who will guide your church through religious freedom legal issues when they arise.


Legal Representation

Your church can receive legal resources and representation if it becomes involved in litigation threatening your religious liberty.

Specialized Resources

You can access on-demand religious liberty legal resources for your church and its attendees.


Trending Legal Updates

You will receive trending legal updates on religious liberty issues that affect churches.

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Be the ChurcH

The Church Alliance was launched with the Apostle Paul’s words to the church in Corinth in mind: If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.

Similarly, when one church is sued, the rights of churches across the country are on the line. If it loses… we all suffer as a result. When we stand together, freedom is protected, churches are empowered, and more people hear God’s word. That’s why we help your church with so many areas of the law:

FOCUS AREAS FOR YOUR CHURCH

Protect your church. Live the Gospel.

You are in ministry for the long haul, and we are providing you with unprecedented legal help to support your lasting, Gospel mission.  

America needs churches that are free to preach and live the Gospel, from Wall Street to Main Street. The people that walk its streets need the salvation of Jesus Christ.

Becoming a Church Alliance member will not only serve the legal needs of your church, but you will also be helping other churches who are encountering legal issues in their communities.  

CHURCHES FOR THE CHURCH

REED V. TOWN OF GILBERT
A SIGN FOR CHURCHES BIG AND SMALL
Alliance Defending Freedom took Good News Community Church’s signage issue to the U.S. Supreme Court after the church was prohibited from putting up signs advertising its church services.  In 2015, the U.S. Supreme court ruled in favor of the church in a landmark victory for a church’s free speech rights. What seemed impossible for Good News Community Church turned out to be a larger impact than they could have imagined.

FORT DES MOINES CHURCH OF CHRIST V. JACKSON
FREELY PROCLAIMING THE GOSPEL
The Iowa Civil Rights Act banned churches from expressing their views on human sexuality if they “directly or indirectly” made “persons of any particular … gender identity” feel “unwelcome.” This ban could have been used to silence churches—even extending to a pastor’s sermon on biblical sexuality.  Alliance Defending Freedom successfully defended this church’s right to proclaim the gospel freely.

HORIZON CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP V. WILLIAMSON
The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination interpreted the commonwealth’s public accommodations law to apply to churches. The commission decided that churches should be forced to open their changing rooms, restrooms, and other private areas to anyone based on their perceived gender identity. This church won its case with the help of Alliance Defending Freedom and can now use its facilities consistently with its religious beliefs.

TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH OF COLUMBIA, INC. V. COMER
FAIR PLAY FOR CHURCHES
In a 7-2 victory, Alliance Defending Freedom defended Trinity Lutheran Church at the United States Supreme Court after it was denied access to a playground resurfacing grant available to all non-profits.  The case established the legal principle that churches should not be excluded from general public benefits solely because of their religious status. This win ensures that churches will have equal access to participate in public programs and benefits.

CENTRO FAMILIAR CRISTIANO BEUNAS NEUVAS CHRISTIAN CHURCH V. CITY OF YUMA
THIS LAND IS FOR CHURCHES
Centro Familiar Christian Church had been looking for a new worship center because the movie theater space it was renting was not adequate for the growing congregation. After purchasing a vacant building in the center of the City of Yuma, the city denied the church a permit to begin using the facilities. After years of legal advocacy, Alliance Defending Freedom secured a win for the church at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

BRONX HOUSEHOLD OF FAITH V. BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK
BRINGING THE GOSPEL TO THE CITY
Bronx Household of Faith outgrew its meeting place in homes and needed a bigger, yet affordable, place to gather for worship. The only viable option for this church was to meet in one of New York City’s public schools. School officials turned down the church’s application, even though they allowed other groups to meet. ADF filed a lawsuit and now churches in New York City are allowed to hold church services in the schools.

Experience from Church Alliance members

“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

Right-sized pricing, equal level of service

Church Alliance Membership is an annual commitment. We offer affordable pricing that allows your church – no matter its size – to become a member. We are only able offer this reduced membership rate because of generous gifts to Alliance Defending Freedom.

Pricing is based on average attendance and whether payment is made monthly or up front at a discounted rate.
Pay In Advance or Monthly Installments

up to 150
$25 
(PER month)

151 - 500
$50 
(per month)

501 - 1,000
$100 
(per month)

1,001 - 2,000
$200 
(per month)

2,000+
$400 
(per month)

up to 150
$250 
(PER YEAR)

151 - 500
$500 
(per year)

501 - 1,000
$1,000 
(per year)

1,001 - 2,000
$2,000 
(per year)

2,000+
$4,000 
(per year)

Join the Church Alliance today

Will you stand with us in this alliance of churches? Suffering when we suffer? Rejoicing when we rejoice?

Do you want to ensure that you are on firm legal footing, in case your church is sued? Do you need a trusted ally that you can go to when an issue arises?

Your church can be engaged, empowered, and protected as you live out its mission.

Let us help you with your legal burdens.
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