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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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Beyond the collection basket: religious property attorney looks at financial implications of staying with – or separating from – the United Methodist Church

  • February 21, 2020
  • by Emily

Plus, commercial real estate considerations of prime church properties Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus   Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Daniel Dalton; ddalton@daltontomich.com; 248.229.2329 Detroit—February 20, 2020—Daniel P. Dalton, a religious property attorney, co-founder of Detroit-based Dalton + Tomich,and author of a new eBook about protocols for the […]

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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 […]

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Options for Your Church Under the UMC Separation Protocol

  • February 14, 2020
  • by Admin

The announcement of the United Methodist Church’s Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace through Separation has left many local church leaders wondering “What does the separation plan mean my church?” Regardless of whether the local church desires to remain with the UMC, leave the denomination or […]

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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 […]

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Quick RLUIPA Win in New York: Consent Decree Frees Mount Zion Ministries Church to Locate in Whitestown

  • February 10, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

The only thing better than a win is a quick win. Case in point, just over a week after we filed suit on behalf of Mount Zion Ministries Church (also operating as Redeemer Church), we were able to obtain an order protecting the church’s right […]

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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 […]

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The Accurate Primer on Methodist Church Property Law

  • February 7, 2020
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

A local congregation is free to walk away from the United Methodist Church at any time. Just like any congregant who decides to leave a congregation, a local church can vote to leave the denomination. That is a rule without exceptions The critical question is […]

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Comparing the Separation Proposals of the United Methodist Church

  • February 2, 2020
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

While the detail still need to be drafted, and the plans vetted by the Judicial Council, the UMC News Service published a chart setting forth the various proposals to be discussed and voted on at the May 2020 General Conference. At this moment in time, the […]

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Dalton + Tomich attorney applies Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (RLUIPA) to obtain dismissal in Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church v. The City of Lenexa lawsuit

  • January 10, 2020
  • by Emily

Church allowed to operate a temporary homeless shelter as part of its rightful property use; resolution prompts update to city code Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Daniel Dalton; ddalton@daltontomich.com; 248.229.2329 Detroit—January 9, 2020—The recent settlementbetween the Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church and […]

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United Methodist Church’s proposed plan for denominational splits should spur all local Methodist churches to action

  • January 9, 2020
  • by Emily

United Methodist Church’s proposed plan for denominational splits should spur all local Methodist churches to action, says attorney who wrote the book on religious land use Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Daniel Dalton; ddalton@daltontomich.com; 248.229.2329 Detroit—January 6, 2020–Daniel P. Dalton, a religious […]

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