InterVarsity Christian Fellowship says it may have to pull out of some college campuses this fall because of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
Earlier this year, in the case of the Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, the high court said the University of California can deny recognition to a Christian group if it forbids non-Christians from becoming leaders.
"InterVarsity does not have a strict membership policy, but we do require our leaders to affirm our doctrinal statement," InterVarsity spokesman Gordon Govier said in a statement on the group's website.
The college ministry says if any of its chapters elect a non-Christian leader, it would have to suspend affiliation with that group.
InterVarsity President Alec Hill said the June 28 ruling "was disappointing and will likely change the way we operate on some campuses." "However," he added, "whether our chapters are recognized as official student groups or not, we are confident that God will continue to be at work transforming the lives of students and faculty across the country."
"We plan to continue to minister at both public and private schools," Hill said. "As we have for the past seven decades, we will be responsible campus citizens and pursue Truth prayerfully. We will do so with civility, humility and biblical integrity."