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Sandy Cove Declaration and Covenant

On December 5, 2004 we were given a commission by Pastor Carl H. Stevens, Jr. to convene this meeting at Sandy Cove, Maryland for the purposes hereinafter stated; and

This document will ensure the reflection of his commission under the leading of the Holy Spirit; and

We express our gratitude to Pastor Stevens for the vision, ministry, and work in imparting the glorious Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ to us for its further propagation in response to the Great Commission; and

We are grateful to our Pastor for almost fifty years of selfless service to Jesus Christ and His Body including his personal investment in each of our lives, we entered into this labor of love to honor him, his life, and that portion of the Body of Christ entrusted to his pastoral care; and

It is our desire to acknowledge the challenges and problems we have all experienced; and

We desire to reflect the unity of the Spirit in Eph. 4:3; and

Christ is our life and we have a vested interest in the future of this ministry; and

We pledge to confront those who would cause division within the Body of Christ through gossip, rumor, and casting suspicion; and

It is our desire to protect every individual’s spiritual growth and liberty in discipleship unto Christ that has been entrusted to us and that none would be marked in a manner that is unbiblical, and contrary to what we have been taught by our Pastor; and

It has come to our attention that many people regrettably have been unbiblically and unjustifiably marked and shunned, including but not limited to the following:

Pastor Bill Reed, Pastor Rick LeClair, Pastor Mark Morin, Pastor Tim Kelley, Pastor Brian Williams, Pastor Philip Mawaka, Pastor Rob Prokop; and

The ministry’s integrity and reputation has been questioned; and

We want to publish these truths and make them evident for ourselves and the posterity of the ministry; and

We believe that this meeting at Sandy Cove in North East, Maryland is in the providential will of God.


We followed the biblical process and mandates in resolving issues and problems and established this meeting to address relational and doctrinal issues; and

We have gathered together to stand against the wiles of the devil designed to destroy this ministry as well as this meeting; and

We made a covenant to protect one another in Biblical integrity and uphold godly character; and

We restored and reconciled with one another as we communicated openly and honestly; and

We have unanimously agreed to honor the Biblical process of discipline; and

We reaffirm the unity, one heart, one spirit, and one message that we have been given by God; and

We have experienced the manifestation of the Holy Spirit and His leading in the work of this meeting and thank Him for the love and unity we witnessed; and

As undersigned, we, the affiliate pastors and the elders of Greater Grace World Outreach in Baltimore stand united; and

We have reviewed doctrines and their proper application relevant to the issues at hand; and

We have affirmed and validated our affiliation.

AS A SACRED COVENANT, THEREFORE, in the spirit of I Corinthians 13, we agree to pledge and affirm our loyalties to the above-stated purposes and to each other; and

We further reaffirm our commitment to Greater Grace World Outreach, to stand together, and to protect the purpose and plan of this meeting for the future; and

We unanimously agreed to pursue a process of reconciliation with Pastor Paul Stevens; and

Finally, we unanimously recognize that there are a number of existing problems that are yet to be resolved and we commit to continue to openly discuss and work on them and to develop solutions together as they affect Greater Grace World Outreach.

Signatures of sixty-six elders and affiliate pastors follow the text: