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.


Thursday, August 13, 2015

JCD 1274

Two pastors of the North Alabama Annual Conference questioned the right of the Commission on General Conference to limit the number of delegates from thre United States as it had.  I’m sure they were seeing their own influence being diminished by having fewer delegates than in the past.
The Council pointed out that three parameters are all that bind the Commission on the General Conference on calculating the numbers of delegates for each annual conference: one relates to the total numbers of pastors and church members in each conference, making sure the numbers of delegates are proportional to those numbers, and that the total of delegates for General Conference has to come out between 600 and 1,000.  These were set by the General Conference itself.  Beyond that, the Judicial Council had no authority to modify what the commission decided.
I figure the politicians of the southern U. S. jurisdictions will come up with some way to enhance their numbers of delegates for future General Conferences.  They are much better at working General Conference than the northern and western jurisdiction delegates.

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