Legal Services

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Disciplinary Responsibilities:

  • To take all necessary legal steps to safeguard and protect the interests and rights of the denomination; 
  • To maintain a file of legal briefs related to cases involving the denominational interests of The United Methodist Church;
  • To make provision for legal counsel where necessary to protect the interests and rights of the denomination;
  • To recommend uniform procedures for clergy housing allowances;
  • To preserve the tax-exempt status of the denomination's constituent organizations;
  • To supervise the use of the official United Methodist insignia, the Cross & Flame;  and
  • To supervise the use and maintain registrations of the name “United Methodist”.

 

Additional Responsibilities:

  • To serve as legal counsel to GCFA;
  • To provide general legal guidance to GCFA’s council members, executive committee, general secretary, and staff to assist them in carrying out the mission and operation of GCFA;
  • To initiate and defend litigation in the civil courts, when and where necessary to protect the interests of the United Methodist denomination;
  • To identify and monitor litigation of interest to the United Methodist denomination;
  • To prepare “friend of the court” briefs in litigation matters and appeals in cases of interest to the United Methodist denomination;
  • To serve as a resource to annual conference chancellors (the locally-licensed attorneys for the annual conference) and treasurers; and
  • To provide training for bishops, annual conference officers, chancellors, treasurers, district superintendents, general church agencies, and other groups on matters of church and civil law.