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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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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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The United Methodist Church General Conference 2019 (Day 2) – Predicting the Vote

  • February 24, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Day Two:  Establishing the Process of Discussion and Voting My initial observations from the first full day as an observer of a United Methodist General Conference:  Theology. It is very clear that the United Methodist Church is united in name, only. The congregational nature of […]

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United Methodist Church General Conference 2019 – Perception vs. Reality (Day 1)

  • February 23, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Perception and reality are two very different things. Today, Saturday February 23, 2019, was set to be a day of discernment, prayer and worship for the attenders of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church.  While there was plenty of worship, the day truly […]

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Methodist Clergy and Staff Pensions are Safe Regardless of What Happens at the General Conference in February 2019

  • February 4, 2019
  • by Admin

Other than “Who owns the property of a local church under the United Methodist Trust Clause?” the question looming largest in the minds of most Methodist clergy members is “What happens to my pension after the General Conference in February 2019?” The short answer is […]

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The United Methodist Church at a Crossroad

  • January 17, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Since its creation in 1968, the United Methodist Church has struggled to define itself. The adaption of cultural norms and the failure to define its basic theology has resulted in a dramatic decline in membership in the denomination. In the United States, for example, membership has […]

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