“I don’t think in my wildest dreams I thought the day would
come in my ministry where I would have to fight the state.”
But that’s exactly where Chris Lewis, a pastor at Foothill
Church in Glendora, California, has found himself. Alliance Defending Freedom
(ADF) is representing
Foothill Church, a member of the ADF
Church Alliance program, in a lawsuit against a California agency.
In 2014, the California Department of Managed Health Care
(DMHC) announced that it would be requiring all insurance providers in
California to provide coverage for elective abortions in their health plans –
including churches. No new regulation had been passed, and the state department
certainly hadn’t opened the question to public comment.
That left churches in California with two impossible
options: paying for abortions against their beliefs or dropping health care
coverage for their employees.
Churches across the country are facing legal threats more
frequently. That’s why ADF created the Church Alliance, an affordable
membership program that prepares, advises, and even litigates on behalf of
churches so that they can feel free to preach the truth of the Gospel without
fear of government punishment.
As Chris puts it: “It’s going to let most pastors sleep well
Here’s what members of the ADF Church Alliance receive:
review of church bylaws and policies that relate to protecting the
church’s religious liberty;
access to attorneys to answer your questions about protecting the church’s
for legal issues involving the church’s religious liberty (prior to
representation in cases involving the churches’ religious liberty (e.g.,
employment, land use, tax exemption, church member discipline/ removal,
requests to use church facilities, government mandates or unconstitutional
regulation, volunteer requirements, equal access to government property or
benefits, and clergy confidentiality); and
resources such as webinars and newsletters tailored to protecting the
religious liberty of the Church.
Visit the Church Alliance website to learn more about how
your church can become a member.