The history of religious growth in the United States can be traced in no small part to the frequency of schism within religious organizations, which is to be expected where the First Amendment absolutely protects the right to believe whatever one chooses. One result is […]Read More
Punta Gorda, Fla. — June 8, 2022 — 1st United Methodist Church of Punta Gorda, located at 507 W. Marion Avenuein Punta Gorda, announced its plans t0 leave the United Methodist Church and form a new church, New Life in Christ, at its present location. […]Read More
In complicated situations involving a religious property dispute, you may wish to avoid the risk of losing your property and ministry by relying on an illusory promise of help “someday” for some entity. The same is true for those seeking to use “free” legal services […]Read More
The factual basis for the statements of this video are below: The pension plans are fully funded: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TV4hkxV-rMM Bishop Scott Jones video to the Texas Annual Conference, minute 1:01-1:03 Explanation that exit payments will not necessarily be used by Conferences to pay pensions: https://www.wespath.org/assets/1/7/5641.pdf page […]Read More
It is official. The United Methodist Church canceled the 2022 General Conference. The now third cancelation of a General Conference addressing the separation protocol affirms the desire of the UMC institutionalist to keep the denomination intact and deny local churches the ability to leave to a […]Read More
On Wednesday, January 26, 2022, the Commission on the General Conference met to discuss if there would be a General Conference in 2022. While no official announcement has been made, one can easily surmise what will the message will be when an announcement is released […]Read More
Despite all of these issues with The United Methodist Church in 2021, there have been several bright spots. Dalton & Tomich PLC has helped fifty four (54) former local Methodist churches disaffiliated from their annual conferences in 2021 and all have grown. We are honored […]Read More
The United Methodist Church has seemed, for a few years now, to be competing against itself to see how monumentally it can mess up any attempt to stay united, resolve disputes and maintain some semblance of integrity in the process. The Methodist Church’s ongoing problems […]Read More
The Missouri Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church reached a financial and property settlement with the former Hobbs Chapel United Methodist Church, now known as Hobbs Community Church, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Under the terms of the settlement, the Missouri Conference will relinquish its […]Read More
The Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church and the former Christ United Methodist Church of Fairview Heights, Illinois Inc. announced that they have reached an amicable financial and property settlement whereby Christ Church has retained its property in its four campuses […]Read More
This is the seventh blog in a series of discussions of informing local Methodist Churches how other churches have been able to leave The United Methodist Church denomination and retain their property. In the first blog of this series, I outlined the Supreme Court guidelines […]Read More
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