The Supreme Court's landmark decision in June has done much more than simply redefine marriage in America. It has also raised a great deal of questions for pastors and ministers of God's Word, questions that eventually could present legal ramifications.
So, how can pastors, church bodies and Christian schools shield themselves from any repercussions for refusing to compromise their faith and beliefs? The Florida Family Policy Council has put together a 14-city seminar tour in Florida titled the Protect My Ministry Tour to inform church and school officials on how to legally protect themselves from such action, including gender-identity lawsuits.
Questions that will be addressed in the seminars include:
- What changes need to be made to your church bylaws?
- Should pastors still sign marriage certificates?
- Are you at risk if a same-sex couple asks you to perform their wedding ceremony?
- Are church mercy ministries that receive public funding at risk?
- How do you properly call a meeting to officially and legally amend official church documents?
- Do you have to rent out your church building to any couple who wants to get married?
Attorney John Stemberger, president and general counsel of the Florida Family Policy Council, will preside over the seminars along with Rick Scarborough, a Christian political advocate and former Southern Baptist pastor who heads Vision America.
The tour will begin in Pensacola and in Panama City on Wednesday, September 30 and will conclude Wednesday, October 21 in The Villages.
Here is the rest of the tour schedule:
Thursday, Oct. 1—Tallahassee
Monday, Oct. 5—Jacksonville
Monday, Oct. 5—Orlando
Tuesday, Oct. 6—Tampa
Tuesday, Oct. 6—Clearwater
Tuesday, Oct. 6—Bradenton
Wednesday, Oct. 7—Fort Myers
Wednesday, Oct. 7—Naples
Thursday, Oct. 8—Palm Beach
Thursday, Oct. 8—Fort Lauderdale
Friday, Oct. 9—Miami
To register for one of the 14 seminars, please click here. Due to limited space and enormous demand for this material and resources, only one pastor per church or one school representative will be allowed to register for this event.
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