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Church can continue its ministry despite dropping “United Methodist” from name

Written by Emily on September 28, 2020 Category: Firm News

Former Northside United Methodist Church in Jackson reaches financial, property settlement with United Methodist Church following denominational split

Media Contact: Dan Dalton: Dalton + Tomich; ddalton@daltontomich.com; 248.229.2329; Barbara Fornasiero; EAFocus Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466

Jackson, TN —September 28, 2020 —Northside Church, formerly known as the Northside United Methodist Church, reached a settlement with the United Methodist Church on Saturday, September 26, following its January 2020 decision to disaffiliate with the denomination.

Under the terms of the settlement, Northside Church, which for decades was the second largest church in the Memphis Conference of the United Methodist Church, will retain its property at 2571 North Highland Road in Jackson so that it can continue its ministry to the 1,800 members of the Church and the greater community of Jackson.

Northside Church was represented by Daniel Dalton, a nationally sought-after attorney with Detroit-based Dalton & Tomich, who focuses on helping local churches leave denominations and keep their property. Dalton also represents religious institutions of all faiths in Federal Court on matters related to land use and zoning disputes through the Religious Land Use & Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA).

“Denominational splits can be extremely emotional and complex from a business and property perspective. Speaking on behalf of Northside Church, we are grateful for the speedy and favorable outcome of this process, which will now allow Northside Church to move forward solely focused on its spiritual mission,” Dalton said.

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Established in 2010, Dalton + Tomich PLC is comprised of religious liberty, land use, denominational trust law, and business law attorneys. Learn more about our services at https://www.daltontomich.com/.

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