Sovereign Grace Churches can refer generally to churches that hold to the electing Sovereign Grace of God in salvation often denoted by the acronym T. It has its roots in a charismatic prayer meeting in Silver Spring, Maryland, then Washington, DC called Take and Give (TAG), which grew into Covenant Life Church, the former flagship of Sovereign Grace.
Alternatively, Sovereign Grace Churches, can refer to an organisation, previously known as Sovereign Grace Ministries (SGM) and People of Destiny International (PDI)) which is a group of Reformed, The organization of over 70 member churches grew out of the charismatic renewal of the 1970s under the leadership of Catholic Charismatic Larry Tomczak.
P which is a summary of the theological principles adopted at the Synod of Dortrecht in the Netherlands (1618-1619) as over and against the teachings of Arminianism.
In 1981, Brent Detweiler, pastor of Indiana Christian Fellowship in Indiana, Pennsylvania; asked Mahaney and Tomczak to provide oversight and accountability for his church.
Additionally, the Sovereign Grace churches in Indiana and Altoona, PA, Sarasota and Daytona Beach, FL and Charlottesville, VA cut ties with the movement during this period.
Daytona Beach's pastor Jesse Jarvis noted a “leadership culture characterized by excessive authority and insufficient accountability” as rationale for the church's departure.
SGM adoption of an existing church begins with the development of a relationship with leadership and continues with dialogue to evaluate the doctrinal and practical compatibility of Sovereign Grace with the church desiring adoption.
Larry Tomczak, a co-founder of SGM, who left the organization in the late 1990s, was alleged to have abused and assaulted a victim over a period of twenty-five years.During the hearing, Judge Burrell referred to an affidavit filed by Brent Detwiler supporting the claims of the plaintiffs as "vague and irrelevant".The court also found that the "Covenant Life School" sued by the plaintiffs did not exist during the time frame of the alleged abuse.Therefore, all of the claims by the Maryland plaintiffs were dismissed in May 2013 because the statute of limitations had expired, 3 years after each turned 18; the claims by two Virginia plaintiffs were still within the statute of limitations.An appeal of the lower court's decision was heard by the Maryland appellate court in May 2014, and the lawsuit was again dismissed when the court found that the Plaintiff's attorney had filed the appeal too early.Larry Tomczak reported that Mahaney had gone out of his way to rebuild their relationship after 13 years of estrangement.