Are you a pastor or ministry leader? Are you unwilling to compromise your beliefs about marriage, gender, and sexuality but concerned about the legal liabilities that might result?
If that’s you, we want to help.
The Supreme Court’s recent decision to redefine marriage for the entire country has many pastors and ministries leaders worried about how this will impact their ministry. And for good reason. During arguments before the Supreme Court, U.S. Solicitor General said that maintaining tax exempt status is “going to be an issue” for non-profits that hold to the natural and historical understanding of marriage.
While there is risk in a changing world, there are also steps you can take to protect the ministry you care about from lawsuits.
Alliance Defending Freedom published a small booklet titled Protecting Your Ministry From Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Lawsuits with the sole purpose of equipping pastors, ministry leaders and Christian school faculty with the necessary tools to better protect their churches, ministries, or schools.
The Family Policy Institute of Washington (FPIW) is taking this booklet one step further. FPIW is setting up meetings all over Washington State to help pastors and ministry leaders better protect their ministry from future sexual orientation and gender identity lawsuits. These meetings will be based on ADF’s Protecting Your Ministry booklet, but will also discuss how to be more proactive in the legislative process in Washington State.
- Statement of Faith
- Religious Employment Criteria
- Formal Membership Policy
- Marriage Policy
- Facility Use Policies
- Religious Mission Statement
- Code of Christian Conduct
- And Much More
These meetings are free! All we ask is that you let us know if you are planning on attending (register here).
Several meetings are scheduled, but more dates and times will be announced in the following cities in the near future. Click here to see if any meeting will be in an area near you.
If you are interested in hosting a Protect Your Ministry meeting in your community, let us know. We’d love to work with you!