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Church Property Disputes/Denominational Splits

Its time to make the move out of the Methodist denomination

  • August 9, 2020
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

The Annual Conferences are now in the process of trying to figure out which local Churches are likely to stay, which ones wish to leave and which ones they can close and take their assets to build up their financials. The donations to the denomination […]

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Planning separation from the Methodist Church? We offer this good book

  • September 30, 2020
  • by Emily

Author and attorney Daniel Dalton cautions that waiting to act until after 2021 UMC Annual Conference may lead to legal complications Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Daniel Dalton; ddalton@daltontomich.com; 248.229.2329 Detroit—September 30, 2020—Even though the United Methodist General Conference is not scheduled […]

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Leadership is the key component to leave the Methodist Church

  • September 30, 2020
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

It has been suggested that the reason why local Methodist Churches are waiting on the September 2021 General Conference before leaving is financial. That is, there is a belief that it is “too expensive” to litigate or negotiate a way out of the denomination now. […]

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Methodist Separation: We offer this good book

  • September 26, 2020
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

We have exciting news to announce.  Our free guide to local churches who are evaluating what to do while waiting on the General Conference of the United Methodist Church in September 2021 is now available. We know this issue can be confusing. That’s why we […]

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Land use webinar: learn the lay of the land

  • September 15, 2020
  • by Emily

Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Daniel Dalton; ddalton@daltontomich.com; 248.229.2329 Detroit—September 15, 2020—Detroit-based land use, business, and denominational trust law firm Dalton & Tomichwill present a live, interactive webinar on Zoning and Land Laws for Civil Engineers and Professional Surveyorson Thursday, September 24.  […]

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The Methodist financial crisis

  • September 1, 2020
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

According to the UM news, the General Council for Financial Accounting reports that apportionments are down $10,000,000 year to date.  The astonishing drop in giving to the denomination should be cause for concern and one would think that action would be taken to address the […]

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The governance of the 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 itself […]

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Why separation is the only option for the 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 […]

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Local Churches defeat trust clause claim

  • June 23, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

All across the country, local congregations are deciding to leave their denominations and take the necessary steps to keep their properties. There is an increasing number of congregations seeking to leave the United Methodist Church, Episcopal Church, and Reformed Church of America. And while some […]

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The pending schism of the Reformed Church in America

  • June 18, 2020
  • by Emily

Religious property attorney outlines key legal areas of contention in separations Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Daniel Dalton; ddalton@daltontomich.com; 248.229.2329 Detroit—June 18, 2020—Daniel P. Dalton, a religious property attorney, co-founder of Detroit-based Dalton + Tomich,and author of an eBook about protocols for […]

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