Member Benefits

Document Review

We review your ministry’s governing documents to ensure you benefit as much as possible from the use of the religious freedom protections afforded by the law. This includes reviewing bylaws, policies, employment documents, and many others which may have religious freedom implications.


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policies to our team


ADF attorneys review your documents and provide customized feedback with a strategy session.


Your ministry uses the strategy session to implement revised documents and policies to help provide greater protections.

Access to Attorneys

Your ministry can receive practical and personalized religious freedom legal advice whenever you have concerns or when issues arise. This enables you to move forward with your mission, with clarity about your rights and options.


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ADF Attorneys consult with you and/or your leadership team


You lead your ministry with peace of mind, knowing your options

Legal Representation

If necessary and appropriate, we will represent your ministry in a religious freedom legal issue. This representation comes at no additional charge to our members (pro-bono), so that your ministry can stand and defend itself if ever that day comes.

We even help our members with media response – using our in-house legal communications team – in the midst of a religious freedom issue.

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Pro-bono help

Beyond the annual membership fee, religious freedom legal help from ADF is pro-bono

Legal representation

Writing letters, providing consultations, filing lawsuits, arguing before the court and more

Communications support

We help with media because telling your story makes a difference in the court of public opinion

How Does ADF Ministry Alliance Work?

ADF Ministry Alliance is a membership initiative that partners with like-minded ministries to help prepare and protect them in religious freedom legal matters.

Because ministries of all kinds may need help at one time or another, we use membership to keep your costs low. And, since religious freedom requires protection whether or not you have a current legal issue, your investment helps support those legal fights that are occurring right now. Helping these other ministries also defends your rights.

Membership also allows us to help prepare your ministry before a legal challenge happens, and, in some cases, even prevent legal issues for your ministry.

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Scope of Services

As an ADF Ministry Alliance member, you will receive:

  • Legal review of bylaws and policies that relate to protecting your ministry’s religious liberty
  • Direct access to attorneys to answer your questions about protecting your ministry’s religious liberty
  • Consultation for legal issues involving your ministry’s religious liberty (prior to litigation)
  • Legal representation in cases involving the ministry’s religious liberty, and that meet our guidelines: employment, land use, tax exemption, clergy confidentiality, requests to use ministry facilities, government mandates or unconstitutional regulation, volunteer requirements, equal access to government property or benefits, ministry member discipline/removal
  • Specialized resources such as webinars and newsletters tailored to protecting the religious liberty of the ministry

ADF Ministry Alliance is not an insurance program and Alliance Defending Freedom is not an insurance company. ADF will typically represent ADF Ministry Alliance members in all litigation related to protecting the religious liberty of the ministry. 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 ADF Ministry Alliance members.

Some ministry 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 do its best to assist in finding local counsel for administrative phases of legal matters that fall within the ADF Ministry Alliance scope of services, but cannot guarantee that local counsel representation will be obtained or will be free of charge.

Matters ADF does not provide legal representation for include, but are not limited to:

  • Intra-ministry, inter-ministry, or denominational disputes or negotiations
  • Allegations of child abuse or criminal prosecutions unrelated to religious liberty
  • Tax advice, tax audits or investigations that do not relate to religious liberty
  • Start-up and filing requirements (e.g., 501(c)(3) applications, sales tax exemption applications, corporate filings)
  • Advice regarding corporate structure or general liability issues not related to religious liberty
  • General advice regarding government contracts or grant agreements
  • Drafting business contracts such as rental agreements or vendor contracts
  • International legal matters or compliance with international law
  • Land use cases wherein discrimination or unequal treatment is not present
  • Child protection policies
  • Church/Ministry security policies
  • Issues related to government overreach generally that do not pertain to religious liberty
  • Matters where the requested representation is prohibited under applicable rules of professional conduct, including situations that could present a conflict interest with current or former ADF clients
  • Other matters not specifically covered in the scope of services

ADF has the sole authority to determine whether a request for advice or representation falls within the scope of services offered, or can otherwise be accepted, by ADF Ministry Alliance.

Membership in ADF Ministry Alliance provides each member access to ADF attorneys who will provide legal guidance as relative to each situation and as determined on a case by case basis by the attorneys. ADF reserves the authority to direct the specific course of representation including, but not limited to, whether to litigate any particular legal matter. By joining, and per Arizona Rule of Professional Conduct 1.2(c), which ADF operates under, ADF Ministry Alliance members hereby provide informed consent to this limited representation. 

Alliance Defending Freedom reserves the right to terminate any membership agreements and/or add, change, or remove rules, conditions of membership, scope of services, and all services offered by and through ADF Ministry Alliance at any time and in its sole discretion. In the event of membership termination, Alliance Defending Freedom shall only be obligated to return to a former member any prepaid but unused membership dues, without penalty or interest.

As licensed professionals, ADF attorneys have ethical duties and obligations that can occasionally limit their ability to provide representation. For example, an ADF attorney may be unable to represent a client if the requested legal representation would create a conflict of interest with one or more of ADF’s current or former clients, including other Ministry Alliance members. So, for instance, if a ministry asks ADF to provide legal advice about a situation involving a ministry that is also a member of ADF Ministry Alliance, ADF attorneys may be prohibited from accepting representation. However, in those situations when the conflict of interest is unavoidable, ADF will do its best to provide a referral to an outside attorney, though it cannot guarantee the referred attorney will offer his or her services pro bono.

Looking for Additional Legal Help?

If your ministry has unique religious freedom needs relating to reviewing the ways in which you operate, or you would like us to consider providing additional legal help to your ministry – other than what is stated above – please call our offices at 833-233-2559 before submitting your application.

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