When you first felt called to go into ministry, your future church’s legal protections were probably not on your mind. But in today’s culture, churches are facing increasing religious freedom threats. And these threats can result in legal challenges.
We’ve seen government officials attempt to limit churches’ rights to freely minister. But religious freedom threats can also come from other – possibly less expected – areas. Churches have encountered legal challenges from members, volunteers, employees, and even candidates for employment.
Now, more than ever, your church needs to have religious liberty legal protections in place.
In ADF’s free legal guide, they details proactive steps for churches to build a foundation of religious freedom protections:
- Statement of Faith
- Statement on Marriage
- Statement on the Sanctity of Human Life
- Statement of Final Authority for Matters of Faith and Conduct
- Religious Employment Criteria
- Signed Statement of Faith
- Religious Job Description
- Facility Use Policy
- Marriage & Wedding Policy
- Formal Membership Policy
A great place to start is this free legal guide: 10 ways to protect your church.
Our partner, ADF Church Alliance, created this resource, and it can help your church today. We highly encourage you to visit the ADF website and download the guide. Read it, share it with your leadership team, and take the first step to better protecting your church!