Legal Guidance for Churches & Ministries

Use the Council on Educational Standards and Accountability partnership code CESA20 for 20% off membership

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

Use the Council on Educational Standards and Accountability partnership code CESA20 for 20% off membership

Without the work of ADF, our schools would be at a greater risk of not being able to exercise our missions. We encourage all CESA schools to join ADF Ministry Alliance and take advantage of the benefits provided through this excellent and timely program.

Dr. Katie Wiens,
Executive Director of CESA

Without the work of ADF, our schools would be at a greater risk of not being able to exercise our missions. We encourage all CESA schools to join ADF Ministry Alliance and take advantage of the benefits provided through this excellent and timely program.

Dr. Katie Wiens,
Executive Director of CESA

What would it mean for your ministry to lose its freedom to operate according to its faith?

We believe churches and ministries are essential in illuminating truth and eternal hope in our society. This light—the Gospel—is one that culture and many of our laws seek to dim.

That’s why Alliance Defending Freedom established the Church & Ministry Alliance.  

We exist to safeguard your religious freedom from cultural pressures and an overreaching government. We want to equip your ministry with legal support and education so you can freely pursue your calling.

Our team is comprised of Christian attorneys and advocates who share your commitment to and excitement for the Gospel. By joining the ADF Church & Ministry Alliance, you can confidently know that your ministry stands on a firm legal foundation.

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Benefits of ADF Church & Ministry Alliance Membership

Legal Support

ADF attorneys can provide a review of your governing documents, help you understand the significance of the language used to describe your ministry, and provide sample statements for job descriptions, facility use policies, and other critical employment documents.

Resources & Education

Quarterly webinars with ADF attorneys and guests, legals guides, ministry-specific legal resources, on-demand videos of ADF attorneys answering commonly asked questions, and Christian worldview resources.

News & Insights

A monthly newsletter, breaking news emails, and Facebook updates to keep you informed of the legal, legislative, and cultural landscape.

Community Building

Attend in-person events to meet with like-minded leaders passionate about shaping culture, access our community website meant to connect you with other members and engage in meaningful discussion, and an opportunity to attend our annual Ministry Leader’s Summit.

Constituent Support

Connect congregants and community to ADF training and job opportunities, provide your members with legal and worldview resources, and gain access to our pre-recorded or live media training to prepare for media opportunities.

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4,100+

Members

Part of the ADF Church & Ministry Alliance
1,572

Legal matters

ADF attorneys reviewed or assisted CMA members in 2023
15

Supreme Court Wins

ADF has served as legal counsel or co-counsel
90%

Win Rate

Nearly 90% win rate over the last 10 years

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Is your church legally prepared?

Does your school desire to handle cultural changes in a tactful, biblical, and lawful way?

Do your governing documents and policies provide legal protections for your school?

Are you confident that your school is prepared for changing local, state, and federal laws?

Are you concerned about how sexual orientation and gender identity laws may impact the
biblical foundations of your school?

Is your school ready to navigate changing nondiscrimination laws – in admissions and employment?

Christian schools are vital for passing on the faith to the next generation. The future leaders of our faith are in classrooms across the country, and they receive critical biblical foundations within these institutions. But our schools are often under close scrutiny, and leading a school in this changing time is becoming an increasingly daunting task.

Local, state, and federal laws are intruding on the way Christian schools operate. For example, the admissions and employment functions of your school are core to your religious identity, but they are being questioned, and in some cases challenged, by governments.

Without proper advice and safeguards in place, schools have mounting legal burdens relating to many aspects of the law: government grants, facility use, government regulations, volunteer requirements, tax exemption, and more. These legal burdens often distract from the core mission of the school and hinder your ministry.

Principals, headmasters, and superintendents shouldn’t have to carry the new legal burden that comes with the changing culture. But few schools have the resources for regular legal consultations or to respond if a legal challenge presents itself. The preparation and protection that schools need is often too costly to afford.

The risks of not being prepared are even higher. Critical governance documentation may be incomplete or need to be updated. Schools may be unsure how to handle issues that they should have the freedom to address. And if a religious freedom lawsuit comes their way, they often don’t know where to turn. Without legal help, schools may, even unknowingly, surrender many of their First Amendment rights that are central to maintaining their heritage and teaching the next generation of Christian leaders.

Alliance Defending Freedom has been on the forefront of legal issues impacting the religious freedom of businesses, churches, schools, and nonprofits for 25 years. We have seen the changes in our culture lead to legal challenges that threaten the ability of Christians to freely live and share the Gospel.

That is why Alliance Defending Freedom launched ADF Ministry Alliance – to provide schools and other ministries with the legal help that they need to freely minister. We hope your school will join us in ADF Ministry Alliance membership, so that you can have the preparation and protection you need without the traditionally high cost of robust legal support.

As a member, your school can help to keep the legal doors open for the Gospel.

Alliance Defending Freedom

The largest religious liberty legal organization in the world, Alliance Defending Freedom, has been advocating for religious freedom, sanctity of life, and marriage and family since 1994. Alliance Defending Freedom recognized the increasing legal issues facing churches, and launched ADF Church Alliance to serve the Church and keep the legal doors open for the spread of the Gospel.

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WIN PERCENTAGE
ADF has won nearly 80% of our cases
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At the U.S. Supreme Court since 2011

Member Benefits

All-inclusive religious freedom help for churches - whenever they need it - for a flat annual fee.

We review your church's 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 religious liberty legal questions.

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

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

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