Our partner Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) Church Alliance often hears from our network of church leaders about how they feel burdened by issues at the intersection of faith, politics, and citizenship. If you are interested in knowing what your church’s rights are when it comes to the 2020 election, we’d recommend this new, free resource.
Five Things to Know: A Legal Guide for Churches is an easy read that will help your church leadership as it navigates decisions related to election season.
This legal guide gives an overview of five of the broadest areas of interest during election season: sermons and speech, voter education, use of church facilities, lobbying, and gifts and money. After reviewing the guide, you will have more insight into how your church, and your church’s pastor, can and cannot engage.
This guide will help you navigate the laws surrounding tax-exempt status for congregations. It will equip you to identify what pastors and congregations should be aware of before speaking about political issues, supporting a candidate or legislation, engaging in voter education and more.
Do You Know Your Rights?
In this legal guide, you’ll find an overview of what can and cannot be done by a church and its pastors when it comes to current issues, legislation, campaigns, and elections.
Here’s how this guide can help:
Checklist: an example-based overview of the ways pastors and churches may and may not engage in the political process.
Legal guidelines: simple, clear explanations that all churches and pastors should know before speaking about political issues, lobbying, educating voters, using church facilities, or giving money to political causes.
Encouragement: a discussion of the freedoms churches and pastors have to participate in the political process.
As a partner of ADF Church Alliance, the BRN helped enable the production of this guide. We hope this is a blessing to you and your church in the coming months. Download the free download here or click the button below.