RECONSIDERATION OF JCD 1238
This memorandum deals with the decision made last spring (JCD 1238) where the Council ruled on three items, accountability for use of funds contributed by Western Pennsylvania Conference; accountability for passing along a specific payment to a particular pastor; and accountability for handling of a complaint.
The Council ruled that there was no way they could determine who was telling the truth about a breakdown in communications between the African bishop and the American group in Western Pennsylvania, something they might have been able to handle had the funds gone through either the Board of Global Ministries or General Council on Finance and Administration where accounting is more tightly handled.
The Council ruled that the pastor should be paid and would follow up on that.
The Council felt it was in no position to deal with the complaint issue because it had no way to determine the truth where the two parties differed about what happened to the process.
See the posting on this blog about JCD 1238 of last spring.
This memorandum states the Council will not go beyond its previous decision. The concurring opinion, signed by a minority of the Council, states the Council will continue to take responsibility for the second and third issues which supports the call for payment to the pastor and adds a little more assurance that the complaint will be dealt with.