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.


Sunday, November 10, 2013

JCM 1242



The practice of the Council is to not explain themselves outside of their sessions and their rulings.  That sometimes leaves appellants and other interested parties at a disadvantage because they are given no guidance as to how they should have approached the Council or what their options are outside of the Council.

Associates in Advocacy tries to provide some of that kind of information through these posts on our blog and in our website at  HYPERLINK "http://www.aiateam.org/" http://www.aiateam.org/.  It happens that we are having a workshop on advocacy which will include a couple hours of discussion around dealing with the Judicial Council and its rules and procedures.  There are others, including former Council members, who could also be worthwhile consultants for those trying to get their concerns before the Council.

Linkages may need to be established with participants in the African activist group in order to help them work through the system.  With the electronic revolution which now crosses the globe and facilitates linking up, it is only a matter of time before such consulting will begin.

In the meantime, such denials for reconsideration offer no help to the appellants, especially those overseas.

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