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, May 22, 2012


I hope you have read it all. I have had a passion to write it and enjoyed that very much. Reliving many moments I experienced in Tampa has been a treat for me. I hope I have gotten that across through this blog.

More important, I hope that I have gotten you to thinking, either in disagreement or, better, sending your thoughts off into new directions that will advance one or another of the ideas expressed here. The best ones came from so many different people from so many different parts of the world.

This globalization thing is so much more than a vague concept. I hope I have drawn you into it.

This General Conference will not go down in history as having voted for anything positive or helpful to a world that needs transforming.

It was more like a baby church taking feeble steps into an international world and falling on its rump. It is still way out of balance with its big “head” (Council of Bishops?). And its right arm not really caring whether or not we can keep our balance. And its left not always grasping much beyond a small agenda.

There is a core of saints upon whom the future really depends, more so than the dollars of the church being manipulated. I pray that they will be strong and will be respected more by the body of the Church than head or arms. That is my hope for the future.

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