fbpx

Attorneys Specializing in
Land Use and Business Law

Partners to Religious Organizations, Property Owners and Businesses

Author Archive

The Congregational Nature of the United Methodist Church

  • June 30, 2020
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

  The United Methodist Church itself was formed when the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church merged in 1968.[i] The new denomination created a structure whereby The United Methodist Church itself is not a legal entity, the denomination has no leader, and self-describes […]

Read More

How did we get to the point that separation is the only way forward for the United Methodist Church?

  • June 30, 2020
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

How is it that the second largest protestant denomination has gotten to the point that nearly all agree that separation is the only path?[i]  How has the United Methodist Church lost nearly half of its 12 million members it had in the United States since […]

Read More

The Reality of Racism and Zoning

  • June 5, 2020
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

The news of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor is now part of the collective conscious of America.  The senseless deaths has brought the reality of racism into our lives and shaken us to a core. Racism is not new in zoning. Studies have confirmed […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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, […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More
About Us

logo

The attorneys of Dalton & Tomich, PLC have the experience and the knowledge to work with you to develop a legal solution that helps accomplish your goals. Our collaborative approach has helped leaders like you grow businesses and banks, develop and expand churches, and build nonprofit organizations nationwide.