January 15, 2013 by
Please be aware of the following press release.
Statement by Tommy Hill
Sovereign Grace Ministries Director of Administration
Re: The Amended Civil Lawsuit Filed Against Sovereign Grace Ministries
Jan. 11 in Maryland’s Montgomery County Circuit Court
On Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, Sovereign Grace Ministries’ (SGM) leadership was served with an amended complaint in the civil lawsuit originally filed Oct. 17, 2012, in Maryland’s Montgomery County Circuit Court.
SGM has been carefully reviewing each allegation since the initial claims first surfaced last October. We consider any allegation of harm to a child extremely serious and we have been working diligently in an effort to learn the truth. We ask for patience as we continue to investigate these new allegations. Please continue to pray with us for all those affected by this lawsuit.
As we initially stated and continue to reiterate, SGM considers the mistreatment of any child reprehensible and evil. We grieve deeply for any individual who has been a victim of abuse. We want to minister the love, grace, and healing of God to every child we encounter who has suffered such horror.
SGM remains committed to integrity and faithfulness in pastoral care. We adhere to the biblical commands to pursue the protection and well being of all people – especially children, who are precious gifts given by the Lord and the most vulnerable among us. These biblical commands include fully respecting civil authority to help restrain evil and promote righteousness as Romans 13 instructs us. SGM also encourages the establishment of robust child protection policies and procedures based on best practices.
Sovereign Grace Ministries is an association of over 80 churches, primarily in the United States, with the goal of proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ both locally and globally. They voluntarily partner together for certain aspects of their broader common mission: to plant churches, develop resources, train pastors and serve international ministries in order to proclaim the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.