DALLAS — GuideStone is aware of and is monitoring the lawsuit filed by the Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, which has once again challenged the constitutionality of the ministers' housing allowance. GuideStone, as a member of a long-standing coalition of ministerial benefit boards, previously participated in the filing of an amicus brief opposed to this organization's attempt to have the ministers' housing allowance declared unconstitutional. GuideStone will monitor the case to determine whether to file another friend-of-the-court arguing that the ministers' housing allowance is constitutional.
GuideStone, along with our allies in both the Southern Baptist Convention and our coalition of benefit boards, continues to actively advocate for the ministers and ministries it serves to protect this important allowance in the tax code.
"We expect these challenges will grow with frequency and perhaps intensity, but we remain committed to our values of advocacy on behalf of our more than 220,000 participants," GuideStone President O.S. Hawkins said. "We count it a privilege to go to work each and every day, serving those who serve the Lord, 'with the integrity of our hearts and skillfulness of our hands.' (Psalm 78:72)"
This most recent federal litigation was filed in the Western District of Wisconsin.