Northside Church of Jackson, Tennessee, formerly known as the Northside United Methodist Church, reached a settlement with the Memphis Conference of the United Methodist Church following its 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.
We work with local counsel across the United States and lead local Methodist Churches out of the denomination. If you wish to have a call, or a zoom meeting with your leadership team, to discuss your local church – or if you have general questions regarding your state law on religious property disputes, please reach out to Daniel Dalton at Dalton & Tomich PLC to discuss your case.
You can read more about this topic in Daniel Dalton’s book, Religious Property Disputes, House of God, Laws of Man available at theAmerican Bar Association Book store or Amazon.