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Churches and Elections - What is the Law?

Pastors should be supported in their goal of helping their church members be good stewards in representing Christ in all areas of our society and in their civic duties. This is especially important considering the fact that only one out of every four Christians in America is voting today.

Unfortunately, many churches and pastors have been given false information in an attempt to scare them from impacting their culture for Christ. The law is actually very supportive of pastors and churches in fulfilling their mission to equip their congregations. Even as a non-profit entity, there is very little a church may not do.

Churches May Not:

  1. Endorse or oppose a particular candidate
  2. Contribute to or use church resources for one candidate over another (including free use of church list)
  3. Permit the distribution of material on church premises that favors any one candidate or political party

Churches May (among other activities):

  1. Register their members as voters.
  2. Pass out non-partisan Voter’s Guides that do not favor a particular candidate or party and that cover a wide range of issues.
  3. Invite all candidates in a race to speak (It’s okay if only one shows up).
  4. Speak directly about specific issues and legislation (abortion, marriage, etc.).

Individually, a pastor can do whatever he feels led to do—endorse, support a member’s campaign, etc., as long as it is not done with church resources. There are no limitations on the pastor individually. The few limitations above that exist are only for the Church entity and only if the Church is a non-profit corporation.

Pastors should not be intimidated from acting as pastors, calling their people to vote and giving them information so they can best represent Christ in the voting booth.

The Goal of Our Church Votes

We want to see 100 percent voter registration and voter turnout at every Bible-believing church across the USA. It starts by equipping pastors and church leaders with easy-to-use non-partisan voting resources. At Our Church Votes, we are asking pastors and church leaders to encourage their members to vote their values. We invite you to join us and stand for righteousness in America.

If every church will encourage attendees to register and if every Christian will vote their values, we can change the future of our nation and see America truly be “one nation under God.”

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