Churches and their denominations sometimes have conflicts. Sometimes they reconcile and stay together. Sometimes they do not. When an individual church decides to leave a denomination, members choose one side or the other, and act accordingly. However, what happens to the building, bank accounts and other assets? Well, unlike other denominations, the Methodist denomination has a law in Maryland that gives the Methodist denomination legal control over the breakaway local church’s properties. In other words, the Methodist denomination has the benefit of a statutory “asset trust clause.”
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