Ministries other than churches that operate as an independent religious group may still be protected by the law, much like a church is.
Some of the factors a court may use to determine whether a group is “religious” are listed below. If you are uncertain as to whether your group is protected as a Christian ministry, please contact us, and an Alliance Defending Freedom attorney will respond to your questions.
Courts have looked at the following factors in determining whether an organization is religious or secular:
Courts will weigh these factors (and perhaps others) in determining if an organization is protected as a religious group, so it is important that you have your situation reviewed by attorneys if you have any doubt about the status of your ministry.
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