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Leaving the United Methodist Church

Lead your congregation to a new beginning.

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?

Free Information Guide – Leaving the United Methodist Church

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. This step-by-step guide summarizes the actionable insights that have proven most helpful to our clients.

The attorneys of Dalton & Tomich specialize in helping local churches become independent and free to lead in their communities. We developed this free e-book as a guide to answer many of your questions about leaving the United Methodist Church. 

Experience to help you navigate.

Our practice is a nationally recognized authority on legal issues facing churches and other religious institutions. We have 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. 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.

While this 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.

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