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The Texas Supreme Court allows local Churches to leave a denomination and keep their property, destroying the arguments of the UMC and RCA that trust claims are enforceable

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Local Churches Prevail over Denominational Trust Clause Claims

  • May 25, 2020
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

For those following the issues of enforceability of the Methodist and Reformed Church claims of trust over property, the Texas Supreme Court issued and opinion on May 22,2020 striking a blow to denominations and freeing local congregations who wish to retain their property and leave […]

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An Update on Hobbs Chapel: The local church sues the annual conference for a Temporary Restraining Order and Remains Open

  • April 19, 2020
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Hobbs Chapel United Methodist Church (“Hobbs Chapel”) began worshiping on its property in 1891. Its members have been the sole owner of land, the sole developer of buildings, the sole resource for financing all the real and personal property located at 3024 State Highway 177, […]

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Financial relief is available for nonprofits and the Church through the CARES Act

  • March 30, 2020
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

COVID 19 has brought many of us to our knees. It has closed ministries, non-profits and has hurt their ability to function at a time when they are most needed. Yet at the same time, we believe that as a nation, we may be on […]

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The 10 things to know about the Separation Protocol of the United Methodist Church

  • March 1, 2020
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

On February 27, 2020, the UMC African Initiative issued a press release indicating that the clergy and lay leadership of the three Central Conferences of the United Methodist Church met in South Africa and voted to support the Separation Protocol legislation with three relatively minor […]

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The Cost of Staying in the United Methodist Church after the General Conference in May 2020

  • February 16, 2020
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

The cost of remaining a part of the United Methodist Church is another factor a local church must consider when evaluating its options after the General Conference in May 2020.  The proposed Separation Protocol provides that a local church leaving the denomination for another new […]

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Dalton & Tomich releases eBook and video on United Methodist Church separation protocol for church leaders

  • February 11, 2020
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Reference guide, available on firm’s website, presents step-by-step actions to help answer questions and address RLUIPA, pension, and ministry needs before the General Conference in May  Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus   Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Detroit—February 11, 2020—Daniel P. Dalton, a religious property attorney who represents […]

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The Proposed Methodist Separation Protocol and the Independent Church

  • February 9, 2020
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

The draft Separation Protocol legislation has been introduced confirming the Separation Protocol introduced by the sixteen leaders of the United Methodist Church representing the five affinity groups within the denomination. As noted previously, the goal of the Separation Protocol was finding a way for an […]

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The Accurate Primer on Methodist Church Property Law

  • February 7, 2020
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

A local congregation is free to walk away from the United Methodist Church at any time. Just like any congregant who decides to leave a congregation, a local church can vote to leave the denomination. That is a rule without exceptions The critical question is […]

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Comparing the Separation Proposals of the United Methodist Church

  • February 2, 2020
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

While the detail still need to be drafted, and the plans vetted by the Judicial Council, the UMC News Service published a chart setting forth the various proposals to be discussed and voted on at the May 2020 General Conference. At this moment in time, the […]

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How to evaluate the proposed separation plan of the United Methodist Church as applied to your local church.

  • January 4, 2020
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

On Friday January 3, 2020, the leaders of separate movements within the United Methodist Church published an agreement which provided the broad concepts of what a proposed separation of the Methodist denomination will look like if a proposed plan of separation is approved at the […]

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