The Ferguson Declaration

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart – Jeremiah 29:11-12 (NKJV)

WE, THE PASTORS OF FERGUSON AND THE GREATER ST LOUIS REGION, UNITED IN ONE VOICE do join together to humble ourselves before Almighty God, and one another, and do hereby Affirm and Declare the following:

WHEREAS, For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. (John 3:16-17)

WHEREAS, We are responsible for Shepherding our communities and fulfilling the Great Commission of Jesus to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all the things Jesus has commanded. (Matthew 28:19-20)

WHEREAS, The answers to our problems are spiritual, for our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12)

WHEREAS, The Lord Jesus Christ declared that every kingdom divided against itself would be brought to desolation, and He prayed that we would be One, as He and the Father are One, in order that others may believe God sent Him into the world. (Luke 11:17; John 17:21)

WHEREAS, Jesus’ Great Commandment is, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” And the second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39)

NOW, THEREFORE, Be it resolved, we, the Pastors of our Communities, humbly repent of failing to establish and maintain Christ-honoring relationships with one another, particularly those who are our nearest neighboring pastors.

NOW, THEREFORE, Be it further resolved that we commit to intentionally reconcile and live in accordance with 2 Chronicles 7:14, humbly coming together before God, seeking His face, turning from our wicked ways, crying out to the Lord to forgive our sins … and to heal our land.

NOW, THEREFORE, Be it further resolved that we, the Pastors of our Communities, recognize that faith without works is dead, and we dedicate ourselves to pray together that we may discover God’s plans for us to equip and engage His people in practical and united ways of serving our communities. We will boldly accomplish the Great Commission in the spirit of the Great Commandment. (James 2:26)

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