More

    Yes, Alaska churches can speak out on politics – here’s how

    AlaskaWatchman.com

    What can a pastor legally say from the pulpit regarding politics, candidates and ballot initiatives? Can clergy educate their congregation on key political and social issues? When do religious leaders cross the line and put their churches in jeopardy of losing tax exempt status?

    All these questions and more are answered by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) in a detailed legal guide provided for pastors and churches. ADF is a national group of nearly 3,400 allied attorneys who partner with more than 1,000 organizations to defend religious liberty, freedom of speech, unborn life and marriage and family in the United States.

    Many church leaders are uncertain of what they can or cannot do on behalf of the church when it comes to engaging in the ‘political arena.’

    ADF’s 2020 legal guide, “Five Things to Know,” takes pastors through a step-by-step process regarding what their religious organization’s can and cannot do when it comes to local, state and national elections. The 20-page booklet is free to download online.

    While there are some limits, many pastors may be surprised to learn that they have considerable liberty to weigh in on current hot-button issues, ballot measures and legislation. They can also hold candidate forums and get-out-the-vote drives, while distributing voter guides to their congregations.

    “We often hear from our network of pastors, clergy, and church leaders about how they feel burdened by issues at the intersection of faith, politics and citizenship,” the guide states. “The leaders we serve are passionate about advancing justice and edifying God’s people. But given the nuances of the law, many church leaders are uncertain of what they can or cannot do on behalf of the church when it comes to engaging in the ‘political arena.’ This guide will help you navigate the laws surrounding tax-exempt status for churches.”

    Click here to download a free copy of the “Five Things to Know.”

    Click here to support the Alaska Watchman.

    Joel Davidson
    Joel Davidson
    Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 20 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.

    Share this article

    Related articles

    Leave a reply

    Please enter your comment!
    Please enter your name here

    Donate

    Alaska Watchman relies on the generous support of our readers. All donations go directly to supporting and expanding our news coverage. Please consider becoming a regular supporter.

    Select a Donation Option (USD)

    Enter Donation Amount (USD)

    Donate

    $
    Personal Info

    Donation Total: $100.00

    Stay Informed

    Receive breaking stories and analysis from the Alaska Watchman directly to your inbox for free.

    No spam ever. Guaranteed.

    Latest articles

    Debunking ‘white privilege theory’ with facts

    Progressive activists claim that "white privilege theory" it is a social construct and social movement for justice, equal rights and opportunities for...

    Former Lt. Gov. Loren Leman reveals how he’s voting

    Although I’m a believer in the secret ballot, I will make an exception and share how I am voting.

    Public safety officers: Justice Carney is ‘tone deaf’ to Alaska’s domestic violence crisis

    Editor’s note: The following op-ed was written by two long-time Alaska State Troopers, a former U.S. marshal and head of the State...

    Pastors call out Justice Susan Carney for trampling Alaska’s constitution

    Editor’s note: The following op-ed was written by Pastor Ron Hoffman of Anchorage Baptist Temple, Pastor Mark Zweifel of True North Church...

    News tips