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.


Wednesday, April 30, 2008


I mentioned in an earlier blog that I was driving to a nearby rail station to ride a train into downtown Fort Worth. I've left my rental car there while I was attending GC.

Because of the medical problems I had early this week, I drove the car downtown as often as I could. Parking on the street and in the lots was free Saturday and Sunday and after 6 pm other times. Yesterday, I tried to park on the street during the day to have the flexibility to leave if the pain got out of hand.

I found a space on the street which I could have up to four hours without having to come back and feed the meter. But no matter how many quarters I put in, the meter would not give me more than an hour.

So I came back an hour later and moved to another meter. It ate two quarters and two dimes before I realized it would only take nickels. After using the eight I had, I only got a half hour!

Today, I ride the train.

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