Is your local church looking to separate from the United Methodist denomination, but fearing a lawsuit over the trust clause? Do you have other legal questions about how to position your new congregation for success? The attorneys of Dalton & Tomich, PLC specialize in helping local churches become independent, free to lead in their communities.
We developed a guide to answer many of your questions about leaving the United Methodist Church. Download it using the form on this page.
Our practice is led by attorney Daniel P. Dalton, a nationally recognized expert on legal issues facing churches and other religious institutions. Dan helped local congregations leave the Presbyterian Church USA and the Episcopal Church when those denominations changed their theologies, just like the United Methodist Church is doing today. He is currently working with hundreds of local Methodist churches that are reconsidering their relationship with the denomination
We know these issues. We have decades of experience collaborating with churches across the country to resolve them, including providing guidance on the internal concerns that accompany such an important and complex decision.
Our free guide to leaving the United Methodist church answers the most common questions that arise for local churches entering this complex, but navigable, process. The step-by-step guide summarizes the actionable insights that have proven most helpful to our clients.
While the guide will not answer all of your questions and should not be interpreted as providing legal advice, we hope you find it helpful as your local church embarks on a new journey.
Please do not hesitate to email Daniel P. Dalton directly or call 313.859.6000 to get answers to your specific questions.