Associates in Advocacy
Reconciliation and Restoration Where Possible
To bring an end to the onerous workplace of our clergy and bring back morale, I think several things must be developed soon.
One: remove the Cabinet from handling complaints. Set up an independent judiciary within the Annual Conference separate from the Cabinet and Board of Ordained Ministry.
Two: allow that judiciary to handle complaints against Cabinet members so that accountability can help the harmed parties.
Three: have Cabinets have as their highest priority helping pastors and the churches to which they are appointed be successful together.
Four: learn the difference between opinions and facts so that in supervising, Cabinet members are not manipulated into siding with the complainers but approach conflicts in a fair and open minded manner. That may mean setting aside other tasks in order to have time to be helpful in difficult situations.
Five: the most wise and experienced pastors with no further ambitions than to help pastors succeed should be chosen for the Cabinet and episcopacy.
Six: candidates for Cabinets should have one to two years to attend training programs on administration, personnel management, and alternative dispute resolution systems before they are made bishops and superintendents.
Seven: the Council of Bishops needs to pay attention to whichever of its episcopal members or retirees are most like Pope Francis and St. Martin of Tours.
Will these happen? The consequences of something like them not happening are too dire to comprehend. There is a God so all things are possible.
In the covenant of the clergy,
Rev Jerry Eckert, AIA contact person
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.