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Pensions and the Methodist Pastor

  • April 18, 2018
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Moving to a Pension Plan In 2004, the United Methodist Church made a financial decision relative to the retirement benefits of Methodist clergy contrary to most other religious and private entities: it moved from a 401k retirement plan to a traditional pension plan. The New […]

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The Fourth Option: Leaving the United Methodist Church

  • August 31, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

  It seems like the annual conference of the United Methodist Church in St. Louis, Missouri just ended and yet the  time is drawing near for petitions to be submitted to be considered at the next General Conference in May 2020. To date, the petitions […]

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Silence is not the appropriate response to the crisis within the United Methodist Church

  • August 15, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

  Sunday is coming. Soon, many of the faithful will find themselves in United Methodist churches that dot nearly every corner of this country; disparate buildings where they’ll gather under the guise of religion, of faith, of goodness. Whether set in trappings that are ancient or […]

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Methodist Bishops Invalidate the Exit Plan

  • August 11, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

  There is an old adage in business that is equally applicable to the leaders within the current United Methodist Church: The institution will preserve the institution at the cost of driving out the members who it seeks to serve.  In other words, institutions preserve […]

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Moving Forward after the Methodist Annual Conferences

  • July 4, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Most of the United Methodist Church annual conferences are over and the delegates are selected for the next General Conference in Minneapolis in 2020.  The question is what does the result of the annual conferences mean for the local church. Is it time to consider […]

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More details on the Methodist Disaffiliation Plan

  • April 26, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

The Judicial Council, the Supreme Court of The United Methodist Church, held that the legislation adopted by the General Conference in February 2019 providing a path for churches to leave the denomination is constitutional. There is now a path out of the denomination for local […]

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An interesting perspective on splitting the United Methodist Church

  • March 31, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Much has been written since the St. Louis General Conference on the reasons for the United Methodist Church to remain together or to separate.  I commend to you this article outlining the reasons why the denomination should split. If you wish to read more about […]

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The UMC Exit Plan is on hold: Judicial Council to review April 23-26, 2019

  • March 13, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Another delay. Rather than following the will of the voters of the recent General Council, the Council of Bishops has asked the Judicial Council to rule on the constitutionality of the Exit Plan that was approved for local churches. Therefore, the exit ramp for local […]

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The Exit Plan from the Methodist Church

  • February 27, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

It has been a few hours since the General Council voted on approving the Traditional Plan and an Exit Plan for local churches who wish to leave the United Methodist denomination. The question for the local church now is whether it should consider leaving the […]

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The United Methodist Church General Conference 2019 (Day 4) –Exit Plans and the Traditional Plan Passes

  • February 26, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Observations from the Day Today, the Methodist Church did the one thing it typically does not do: it made a hard decision with respect to the future of the denomination.  The General Conference adopted the Traditional Plan and approved Exit Plans. This was a painful […]

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The United Methodist Church General Conference 2019 (Day 3) – The Debate over the Plans

  • February 25, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Observations from the Day Today was a long day of many, many mini-sermons. Depending on what you believe, the voters who approve the Traditional Plan are “evil, unbiblical and prudent,” while those who support the One Church Plan are, “immoral, selfish and self-righteous.” In other […]

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