THE SANFORD DECLARATION
A Covenant of Racial Reconciliation, Relationship, and Christian Cultural Reformation

The Sanford Declaration

In the aftermath of the George Zimmerman verdict, and the need to address racism as a spiritual problem, a diverse group of Christian ministers and leaders drafted the following declaration in Sanford, Florida:

Today this group of ministers and leaders stands as representatives of the gospel of Jesus Christ and His church. We see racism as a threat to the Body of Christ and our mission to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19). The focus of our collective activities the next few years is to form relationships in order to end expressed racism within the church and society. By doing so, we will lead the way for the rest of our nation to rise above the crippling specter of racism in our culture. Our scriptural guideline for these activities comes from the Apostle Paul's words in Ephesians 4:15 read as follows: "Speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Him who is the Head, that is, Christ."

We believe that God has gifted us and millions yet to be called to minister for Him in this regard. We believe that God works in the lives of chosen men and women. Further, we believe that the Lord uses His appointed leaders to transform history. We believe that the key to ending racism in the United States and in other nations lies in Christians developing and promoting genuine relationships among each other - just as it is being done in Sanford, Florida since the spring of 2012. As a result, Sanford did not experience the rioting, looting, and violence that other regions did after the July 2013 George Zimmerman not guilty verdict. Additionally, Christians should develop intentional relationships that will result from "living life together," thereby manifesting in some of the following:

  1. Pulpit exchanges between Church families
  2. Joint leadership and family retreats.
  3. Cross-cultural evangelism of other races.
  4. Multi-racial church planting and development.
  5. Cross-cultural home mission projects in the local metropolitan areas to assist in
    • Lifting families out of generational poverty.
    • Motivating at risk black, white, Asian, and Hispanic youths (especially males) in developing a sense of personal respect, destiny and worthwhile goals.
    • Developing minority, university scholarship programs and entrepreneurial opportunities
  6. Other creative local programs that will be developed locally.
  7. Lay a foundation for change with prayer and intercession. Leaders in Attendance Next Steps

We call on Christians around the country to meet and develop a statement for your own communities. We also encourage both clergy and individual Christians to sign The Sanford Declaration: A Covenant of Racial Reconciliation, Relationship, and Christian Cultural Reformation.



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