Legal Guidance for Churches & Ministries

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

Use promo code HEART20 for 20% off your membership fee.

Game-changers! Alliance Defending Freedom are game-changers in their gracious defense of life and of those, like Heartbeat, who are actively working to ensure alternatives to abortion are readily available to those at-risk for abortion. Beyond their extensive expertise and practical professionalism, they have infused the pro-life community with the boldness to be proactive and not just reactive. ADF consistently serves Heartbeat International and our network of pregnancy help organizations with top-notch talent who are top-notch individuals. It is both a pleasure and a privilege to commend Alliance Defending Freedom for their work in championing life and religious liberty."

Jor-El Godsey,
President of Heartbeat International

Game-changers! Alliance Defending Freedom are game-changers in their gracious defense of life and of those, like Heartbeat, who are actively working to ensure alternatives to abortion are readily available to those at-risk for abortion. Beyond their extensive expertise and practical professionalism, they have infused the pro-life community with the boldness to be proactive and not just reactive. ADF consistently serves Heartbeat International and our network of pregnancy help organizations with top-notch talent who are top-notch individuals. It is both a pleasure and a privilege to commend Alliance Defending Freedom for their work in championing life and religious liberty."

Jor-El Godsey,
President of Heartbeat International

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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Nearly 90% win rate over the last 10 years

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Is your church legally prepared?

In today’s culture, it is not a question of if ministries will be threatened or sued for standing true to God’s Word – the question is when and where such cases will arise. The law is changing and ministries across the country are facing threats to their religious freedom. Your ministry needs to be as prepared as possible.

How is your ministry preparing for sexual orientation and gender identity issues, which may arise from the people you serve, your employees, and more?

Are you prepared to respond when a male who identifies as a female wants to use the women’s showers, restrooms, or overnight facilities? Laws about sexual orientation and gender identity have been changing, and they can differ between states, counties, and even cities. Your awareness and understanding of how these laws can threaten your ministry’s religious freedom, as well as your plan to respond, are crucial to ensuring your ministry is availing itself of the greatest religious liberty legal protections possible.

Does your ministry have governing documents and policies in place? Are they written in a way that helps protect your ministry’s religious freedom?

Poorly written policies and documents can affect your ministry’s ability to defend itself and may even put your ministry at risk. Consistent application of well-written policies related to employment, volunteers, use of your facility, and more, is necessary to help protect your ministry.

Do you have a trusted legal partner who can help guide you in the midst of today's religious freedom threats?

Denying ministries equal access to government grants or property and forcing them to comply with unconstitutional regulations that violate their religious beliefs are just two of the many ways opponents have treated ministries unfairly. Your ministry needs to know its rights and have a legal advocate who can help when needed.

Heartbeat International has partnered with ADF Ministry Alliance to better prepare and protect your ministry – for these issues and other religious liberty challenges.

ADF Ministry Alliance is a membership program that provides practical and affordable legal help. As a member, you receive access to legal advice, document review, and even legal representation if necessary and appropriate – it’s virtually all-inclusive for religious freedom issues.  

Through this membership program, you can better protect the religious freedom of your ministry. You shouldn’t have to carry this legal burden alone.

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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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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