Sample Church Policy Bylaws and Other Resources
Sample Church Bylaw Regarding Marriage from IBSA
Church Membership Bylaws from IBSA
Suggested language for church bylaws from the Alliance Defending Freedom
“Seven things all churches should have in their bylaws” by the Alliance Defending Freedom
Sample Facilities Use Agreement by Brotherhood Mutual
Suggested steps for avoiding litigation by Brotherhood Mutual
Guidestone: Helping religious employers prepare for confrontation after Obergefell v Hodges
A Checklist for Your Church
Baptist Faith and Message 2000: Article XVIII The Family
Gay weddings: who must perform them?
Recent IBSA Resolutions on Marriage
2013 IBSA Annual Meeting Resolution on the Preservation of Biblical Marriage and Affirmation of Religious Liberty of Illinois Churches and Faith-Based Organizations as approved by messengers
2011 IBSA Meeting Resolution on Reaffirmation of Defense of Marriage Act as approved by messengers
Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission
ERLC Conference: A gospel approach to homosexuality, singleness, and marriage – Videos, Photos, and Recaps
Free book: Protecting your ministry
The Illinois Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act
Text of SB10, “The Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act,” as passed by the Illinois General Assembly Nov. 5, 2013
Video from IBSA’s Elevate Marriage Event
Creating Role Models in Church from Jill Finley, Bethel Baptist Church, Troy, IL
Conference speakers’ suggested resources
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When same-sex attraction hits home: How families can help
It’s a moment many Christians have had to face: a family member’s announcement that he or she is gay.
Amid feelings of sorrow, guilt, fear and anger that families may experience surrounding such an announcement, biblical counseling experts say believers must have hope and realize that Jesus always changes those who come to Him in repentance and faith. Read more
Should we let him join the ladies’ class?
Two women recently visited Mindy Cobb’s Sunday school class at Uptown Baptist Church in Chicago. They told Cobb they were in a lesbian relationship and asked if they would be accepted by the class. “I told them we would welcome them and love them, but not affirm their relationship,” she recounted. They didn’t come back. Read more