Reconsideration of JCD 1314
The Council turned down this request without a rationale. The case relates to JCD 1276, the one where the advocate tried imaginative ways to get an appeal before the Council for a pastor involuntarily retired. I have two observations:
1. Advocates need to persist. It is rare for the Council to actually respond to a request for reconsideration but once in awhile, like facing the nagging old woman in Jesus’ parable, some kind of breakthrough might occur. Besides, the involuntarily retired pastor has exhausted all of his in-church options and can see if a civil court can accept jurisdiction. Civil courts hate to take a case from a denomination with a judicial system unless the pastor has tried everything legally involved in a Church case like this one.
2. Council groups tend not to challenge their predecessor Council groups’ decisions. That’s one of the dynamics that allows for precedent to develop. Besides, the previous court applied its best thinking. The grounds for reconsideration would have to be compelling to get a new Council to do it.