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Top Five Tactics Bishops use to delay a local Methodist Church from voting on disaffiliation

  • September 23, 2021
  • by Emily

When churches try to vote to leave the United Methodist Church many Bishops will try to postpone the church vote. In this video, Dan Dalton, discusses the top five tactics Bishops use to delay a local Methodist Church from voting on disaffiliation. We hope you […]

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Frequently Asked Questions from churches looking to leave the United Methodist Denomination

  • March 24, 2021
  • by Emily

When we talk to churches that want to leave the denomination, many of them have the same questions. To help you determine the best course for your church, we answer these commonly asked questions in our latest video. Watch to learn more.     We hope you […]

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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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Options for Your Church Under the UMC Separation Protocol

  • February 14, 2020
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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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How Can I Win Planning Commission Approval?

  • January 7, 2020
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

Winning a recommendation of approval from a local planning commission comes down to a few key areas, as planning commission veteran and land use and zoning attorney Larry Opalewski explains in this video. Tips to help you win planning commission approval: Prepare a thorough and […]

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When Should We Get a Religious Land Use Lawyer Involved?

  • December 11, 2019
  • by Noel Sterett

Churches, mosques, temples, synagogues and other religious institutions can often resolve religious land use and zoning matters without having to file a lawsuit or set foot in a courtroom. This is especially true when a religious land use and zoning attorney is involved early on. […]

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What Types of Religious Organizations Does RLUIPA Protect?

  • December 9, 2019
  • by Noel Sterett

Attorney Noel Sterett has had the privilege of helping all types of religious organizations across the country with their zoning and land use matters. In that time, he has discovered that many houses of worship and other religious entities are not aware of the rights […]

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How Do We Handle Public Relations in the Case of a Lawsuit?

  • December 6, 2019
  • by Noel Sterett

Attorney Noel Sterett believes it is important for parties involved in a lawsuit to understand and consider how to handle public relations during the case. In this video, Noel shares some of the recommendations he often relays to his own clients, many of which have […]

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Four Things to Know About Illinois Zoning

  • December 5, 2019
  • by Noel Sterett

In Illinois, zoning has become one of the most important considerations for any business or organization with plans to relocate, expand or develop a property. In this video, Illinois land use and zoning attorney Noel Sterett shares four things that everyone needs to know about […]

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Does Your Family Business Have a Succession Plan? It Should

  • November 13, 2019
  • by Zana Tomich

Every family business needs a succession plan. Why? As Detroit-based business attorney Zana Tomich explains in this video, the succession plan is crucial to a family business’ ability to succeed in the future and thrive beyond the current generation. Overlooking the succession plan is one […]

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