Associates in Advocacy now has two sites on the internet. Our primary help site is at http://www.aiateam.org/. There AIA seeks to offer aid to troubled pastors, mainly those who face complaints and whose careers are on the line.

Help is also available to their advocates, their caregivers, Cabinets, and others trying to work in that context.

This site will be a blog. On it we will address issues and events that come up.

We have a point of view about ministry, personnel work, and authority. We intend to take the following very seriously:


Some of our denomination's personnel practices have real merit. Some are deeply flawed. To tell the difference, we go to these criteria to help us know the difference.

We also have a vision of what constitutes healthy leadership and authority. We believe it is in line with Scripture, up-to-date managerial practice, and law.

To our great sadness, some pastors who become part of the hierarchy of the church, particularly the Cabinet, have a vision based on their being in control as "kings of the hill," not accountable to anyone and not responsible to follow the Discipline or our faith and practice. They do not see that THE GOLDEN RULE applies to what they do.

If you are reading this, the chances are you are not that way. We hope what we say and do exemplify our own best vision and will help you fulfill yours. But we cannot just leave arrogance, incompetence, and ignorance to flourish. All of us have the responsibility to minimize those in our system.

We join you in fulfilling our individual vow of expecting to be perfect in love in this life and applying that vow to our corporate life in the United Methodist Church.

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If you have any questions or suggestions, direct them to Rev. Jerry Eckert. His e-mail address is aj_eckert@hotmail.com. His phone number is 941 743 0518. His address is 20487 Albury Drive, Port Charlotte, FL 33952.

Thank you.


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Summary remarks for JCDs 1142-1150.

It is sometimes breath-taking how careful the Council is to not only urge the following of the Discipline but to take the time to analyze and explain their reasons. A conference council on finance and administration may not be passed over on a major financial action a conference wants to take. A restructuring must follow the rules to take into account mandated inclusion of conference agencies. All churches are subject to sharing in a conference-wide property insurance program. No plan by a conference should establish a way to fail to pay apportionments. On subjects like these, its work is of a high quality.

The Council even makes accommodation when its rules of practice and procedure have not quite been met and, in order to deal with administrative and property issues, it makes accommodation even when ordinarily its understanding of what makes questions addressed to them moot.

I wish that same expertise and concern could be applied consistently to personnel matters like church trials and questionable handling of pastors in the “administrative” track.

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