An Ecclesiastical Association
As an ecclesiastical association, the PMA operates similar to a governmental agency in order to meet the self-governing responsibility that ecclesiastical entities have. We take the responsibility to assure the peace, health, safety and dignity of our PMA licensees, Health Network members and the public very seriously.
To these ends, the PMA is directed by an ecclesiastical overseer and, to maintain good order, we operate through three separate divisions.
Our Administrative Division. This is the operational footing of the PMA, and the first line of contact with our PMA healthcare practitioner licensees, Health Network lay members and the public. The Administrative Division is responsible for our healthcare practitioner and counselor licensing program, and manages the day-to-day operations of the Association.
Our PMA Health Network. This is the gathering place where health-conscious families and individuals come together with our PMA licensed healthcare practitioners and counselors for the benefit of sharing knowledge and natural practices, products and services that promote achieving and maintaining vital physical, mental and spiritual health and well-being.
Our Ecclesiastical Forum. Because ecclesiastical organizations are constitutionally autonomous from secular government and responsible for self-regulation, such organizations must have an internal mechanism for resolving organizational issues.
The Pastoral Medical Association’s ecclesiastical administrative process is designed to evaluate whether a PMA licensee is in compliance with PMA license rules and to ensure that PMA licensed practitioners maintain the highest of ministerial standards. Matters are brought to the attention of PMA’s Ecclesiastical Forum by the filing of an administrative complaint. The process is initiated at this page of PMA’s website.
The PMA Ecclesiastical Forum and legal advocacy team are directed by PMA’s General Counsel, Angeli Benjamin, Esq. Our in-house team is assisted by the outside legal professionals affiliated with the National Center for Life and Liberty, led by attorney David Gibbs.
As an ecclesiastical association, the PMA has a distinctly Christian base and our Ecclesiastical Forum is Christian based. However, the PMA believes that it is not our right to decide whom God calls to help others and, therefore, PMA practitioner licensing and our Health Network are open to individuals of all faiths and beliefs. In support of this policy, in the event issues come before our Ecclesiastical Forum involving individuals of other faiths, where possible, a respected member of that faith will be appointed in an advisory capacity to the Forum to assure fair and impartial due process for all.
See also our Constitution for more information about PMA’s Organizational Structure.
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