The following statement that churches can consider as an addition to their bylaws was developed by the Missouri Baptist Convention’s (MBC) chief legal advisor, Whitehead Law Firm LLC in Kansas City.

Our statement of faith, the Baptist Faith and Message (2000), expresses our fundamental biblical conviction that Christian marriage is, by definition, the spiritual and physical uniting of one man and one woman in an exclusive covenant commitment for their joint lifetime. Christian marriage is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His Church. As such, this local church believes that wedding ceremonies on church property are spiritual observances of worship of God who created this divine institution. As worship services, weddings on church property shall be officiated by one or more ordained ministers of the gospel. The church may decline to make its facilities or ministers available for any wedding if it is determined that one or both of the parties are not biblically and/or legally qualified to marry. Such determinations may be made by the [pastor, church council, or wedding committee, etc.], subject to the direction of the church.

No minister [or employee] of the church shall officiate at any marriage ceremony unless such marriage is consistent with this policy.

ERLC Resource – The SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission has produced a new FREE resource, “Protecting Your Ministry: A Legal Guide for Southern Baptist and Evangelical Churches, Schools, and Ministries.” This is meant to help churches and ministries prepare for the legal intrusions some fellow believers and Christian leaders around the country have already faced, and for other threats on the near horizon. Pages 2, 4-7, 14, 16-18 are specifically tailored to churches, with sample bylaws.


LEGAL Q&A FROM TEXAS SOUTHERN BAPTISTS—What does the Supreme Court’s decision mean for Southern Baptist churches? Will pastors be forced to perform same-sex weddings? Will churches be forced to open their facilities to same-sex wedding ceremonies? Information and Q&A written by SBTC Legal Counsel Jim Guenther. Click here to download



BGCO Conference – On March 9-10, the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma hosted a conference titled “The Gospel, Sexuality & The Church: Equipping the church to respond to sexual issues with convictional kindness.” Click here for videos from that event, which addressed marriage and the culture.




Gay weddings? Who must perform them? by David Roach

Why the Church Should Neither Cave nor Panic about the Decision on Gay Marriage by Russell D. Moore

Explainer: What You Should Know About the Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Ruling by Joe Carter

Pastors and the SCOTUS Decision on Same-Sex Marriage by David E. Prince

Same-Sex Marriage and Christian Higher Education by R. Albert Mohler, Jr.


The Great Divide: Same-Sex Marriage and the Evangelical Christian by Erwin W. Lutzer

Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel by Russell D. Moore

Same-Sex Attraction: A Biblical Primer for the Local Church by Rob Phillips

Same-Sex Marriage and the Future by Russell D. Moore

Sexual Brokenness and the Hope of the Gospel by Russell D. Moore


Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son’s Journey to God by Christopher Yuan

Jernigan’s Journey featuring Dennis Jernigan

Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosario Butterfield


Talking to Your Children About Sex, Marriage and Same-Sex Marriage by Jani Ortlund, Stephanie Goeke, Krissie Inserra, Trillia Newbell and Jena Starke

The New Marriage Opportunity by Ryan Smith

How to Care for Your Gay Neighbor by ERLC

‘Love Wins!’: Addressing this & 7 other popular phrases about same-sex marriage in conversations with students by Brian Hobbs

SBC panel: Value love, Gospel with LGBT community by Tom Strode

The New Marriage Opportunity | Ryan Smith

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