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Frequently Asked Questions

A.  The Alliance Defending Freedom Church Alliance is an alliance of churches dedicated to preserving religious freedom for the Church. This alliance is made up of churches of all sizes and Christian denominations. The Church Alliance engages, empowers, and protects the Church to keep the legal doors open for the Gospel. We provide expert legal advice on religious liberty matters, advocate for the religious liberty of churches in the culture and at all levels of the courts, provide resources to churches to ensure proper religious liberty protections are in place, and when necessary, litigate on behalf of churches to preserve and defend religious liberty.
A.   Apply online by following this link. Or, download and print an application here for mailing. You can also request an application by calling 1-833-233-2559.
A.   The legal help that Alliance Defending Freedom provides to Church Alliance members ranges from legal advice to full representation in court. ADF will typically represent 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.

  • Alliance Defending Freedom will perform a religious liberty audit, upon request, for all member churches. This audit includes a legal review of church bylaws and policies that relate to protecting the church’s religious liberty.
  • We answer and advise Church Alliance members regarding legal questions related to religious liberty. Whether your church needs help navigating laws relating to employment, land use, tax exemption, church member discipline/removal, requests to use church facilities, and more, we are here to help.
  • We correspond on your behalf with government officials - or others who are challenging your constitutional rights - on matters relating to your religious liberty.
  • We offer direct access to attorneys to answer your questions about protecting the church’s religious liberty.
  • Alliance Defending Freedom responds with advice and correspondence that prevents many situations from becoming cases that end up in court. Churches may consider it unlikely that they will end up in court, but recent cultural developments have displayed a need for the increase in vigilance related to religious liberty legal matters. When a church goes to court for a religious liberty issue, what happens to that church affects all churches.
Any legal representation undertaken by ADF is without cost to Church Alliance members.
A.   Any legal representation undertaken by ADF is without cost to 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 Church Alliance scope of services, but cannot guarantee that local counsel representation will be free of charge.
A.   The Alliance Defending Freedom Church Alliance advocates for churches in ways well beyond just legal work.

  • Members-only website with the most up-to-date sample church governing documents and policies that have an impact on your church’s religious liberty.
  • Webinars sharing the importance of religious liberty to your church and how the congregation might consider its role in protecting religious freedom.
  • Newsletters tailored to protecting the religious liberty of the Church.
  • Subscription to Faith & Justice, the Alliance Defending Freedom magazine featuring religious freedom news and encouragement.
A.   Alliance Defending Freedom is supported by the generous gifts of ministry friends and ministry partners as well as Church Alliance members. Without these contributions, we would be unable to carry out our mission of keeping the doors open for the Gospel by advocating for religious liberty, the sanctity of life, and marriage and the family.

While we offer much of our resources and advice to our members, we also consider it a privilege to represent many non-members. We hold to the fact that when one member of the Body of Christ suffers, all members suffer. We thus offer many benefits to non-Church Alliance members as well.

  • Freedom Matters podcast
  • Through our grant program, $47+ million grants have been awarded to allies to engage on various legal matters.
  • The general public and the entire Church benefits from individual churches being engaged, empowered, and protected.
  • ADFlegal.org is a wealth of information on religious freedom available to the general public.
A.   Membership to the Church Alliance is an annual commitment. We offer pricing that is affordable and allows your church – no matter its size – to become a member of this religious freedom alliance. Pricing is based on average attendance and whether payment is made monthly or up front at a discounted rate. The cost for each church is as follows.
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A.   The membership application gathers a small amount of information about you and your church that ensures you receive the benefits of membership. The member agreement also helps us verify that your church subscribes to the ADF statement of faith and is the first step toward obtaining access to the Church Alliance members-only website containing the most up-to-date expert religious liberty resources.
A.   Church Alliance staff review each membership application. Your application is either accepted or referred to the legal department for a more thorough review. We may request additional information from you and your church as a result of this process.

If, after careful review, the Church Alliance is not able to accept your application, we will promptly notify you with an email of explanation. We will also refund any paid membership dues.

Rejection of membership does not prevent you from reapplying in the future.
A.   Call 1-833-ADF-ALLY (1-833-233-2559). If you are calling after hours, follow the emergency instructions given in the voice mail greeting.
A.   Please call us at 1-800-835-5233 during business hours (7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. MST). We will be happy to direct your call to the appropriate team. You may also contact the Church Alliance Team by email at ChurchAlliance@ADFlegal.org.
A.   Church Alliance membership is important to us. If cost makes membership impossible for your church, please contact us. We will review your request and may be able to connect you to a sponsorship through above and beyond contributions from generous member churches.
A.   ADF does not provide legal representation for the following:

  • Intra-ministry or inter-ministry disputes;
  • Child abuse;
  • Tax audits that do not relate to religious liberty or church autonomy;
  • Tax advice; or
  • Drafting business contracts such as rental agreements or vendor contracts.
  • ADF reserves the right to carefully review any charges of sexual harassment, defamation, slander, libel, or the like against a church before undertaking representation.
A.   Unless your membership fees are refunded as a result of a denied application, membership fees will not be refunded.
A.   No. The Church Alliance is not an insurance program and Alliance Defending Freedom is not an insurance company. ADF will typically represent 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 Church Alliance members.
A.   Please click here for the Alliance Defending Freedom W-9, Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification.
A.   Gifts given to Alliance Defending Freedom to pay for a specific church’s membership are not tax-deductible. However, gifts given to a church may be tax-deductible. The church may, in turn, use these gifts for Church Alliance membership. Gifts given to Alliance Defending Freedom to generally support the Church Alliance mission are tax-deductible.

This statement is general in nature and does not constitute tax advice. You should consult a tax professional regarding the deductibility of any contributions.