Christians began meeting as the local church in Salt Lake City in 1986

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is this Mormon?

  2. Who is Watchman Nee?

  3. Who is Witness Lee?

  4. What is the relationship between Witness Lee and Watchman Nee?

  5. What is Living Stream Ministry?

  6. What is the relationship between Living Stream Ministry and the church in Salt Lake City?

  7. What is the relationship between Witness Lee and the church in Salt Lake City?

  8. What denomination is the church in Salt Lake City?

  9. Why do you call yourself "the church" instead of having a name like everyone else?

  10. Isn't the "Local Church" a denomination?

  11. Where is your headquarters?

  12. What is your relationship to other local churches?

  13. What is meant by the term "recovery" or "the Lord's recovery"?


Is this Mormon? No. The Mormon organization officially refers to itself as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Quite often Mormon followers refer to it simply as "The Church". Therefore, when they refer to their headquarters organization which is located in Salt Lake City they frequently use the term "The Church in Salt Lake City". This should not be confused with the Christians in Salt Lake City who are meeting as the church locally which includes all of the genuine Christian believers. The Mormon teaching is not consistent with the common Christian faith. It introduces false teachings which are heretical. The Common Faith; and What of the Mormons?) -back-

Who is Witness Lee? Witness Lee (1905 - 1997), a faithful lover and servant of Jesus Christ, labored selflessly and poured out his being for the interest of his Lord. Witness Lee became a co-worker with Watchman Nee in 1933 and labored with him in mainland China until the communist takeover prompted Watchman Nee to send Witness Lee to Taiwan in 1949 to prevent their ministry from being lost under communism. Witness Lee ministered primarily in Asia until 1962 when he moved to Los Angeles and began a significant work in the United States. Through the years, his ministry has helped many believers to love the Lord and grow in His life. It has produced over 3,000 churches over the whole earth like the church in Salt Lake City. -back-

Who is Watchman Nee? Watchman Nee is a Christian minister of God's word who was born, saved and regenerated by the Lord in the first half of the twentieth century in mainland China. Watchman Nee’s living produced a ministry which has become a well-known source of spiritual revelation and supply to Christians all over the earth. The Collected Works of Watchman Nee, a sixty-two volume set, is available through the Living Stream Ministry, a publisher established by Witness Lee and dedicated to disseminating the writings of Watchman Nee and Witness Lee. His life and ministry also produced hundreds of local churches which have multiplied to thousands worldwide through the rich and faithful ministries of Watchman Nee and Witness Lee. Watchman Nee was martyred after twenty years in a communist prison in 1972. -back-

What is the relationship between Witness Lee and Watchman Nee? Witness Lee was the closest co-worker of Watchman Nee. Regarding the oneness of Witness Lee with Watchman Nee, at a certain point Watchman Nee remarked that if you see him, you see me. Witness Lee labored closely with Watchman Nee in the work of ministering Christ for the building up of the Body of Christ. When Watchman Nee was no longer able to carry on the work, Witness Lee continued to labor according to the vision and pattern that he had observed in Watchman Nee’s life and work. Certainly Witness Lee continued to develop the ministry entrusted to both of them, but this development was simply an enlargement upon the basic vision of the enjoyment of Christ as life for the building up of His Body through the local churches. -back-

What is Living Stream Ministry? The Living Stream Ministry (LSM) publishes the works of Watchman Nee and Witness Lee, providing the authoritative and definitive collections of treasures from these two servants of the Lord Jesus Christ. The writings of Watchman Nee and Witness Lee focus on the enjoyment of the divine life, which all the believers possess, and on the building up of the church, the goal of God's work with man in this age. LSM was Witness Lee's ministry office, particularly during his later years while based in the United States. In addition to the publication of books, audio and video tapes, radio programming, etc. LSM sponsors trainings and conferences for the building up and constituting of the believers in the churches with the Lord's word. -back-

What is the relationship between Living Stream Ministry and the church in Salt Lake City? In short, Living Stream Ministry (LSM) provides spiritual resources which the church in Salt Lake City often enjoys for the spiritual benefit of it's members. There is no direct formal relationship between the two but informally and in the fellowship of the Lord's life in His Body they are closely associated or affiliated with one another. The Christian brothers operating Living Stream Ministry have at their heart the desire to dispense the riches of Christ in His word to the believers (Colossians 3:16) in the churches that they may know Christ and have Him making home in their hearts (Ephesians 3:17) that the believers may grow with the growth of God (Colossians 2:19) and be built up together as His house, the Body of Christ (Ephesians 4:16). The members of the church in Salt Lake City are happy to receive the spiritual supply from Living Stream Ministry and frequently participate in the activities sponsored by Living Stream Ministry.  -back-

What is the relationship between Witness Lee and the church in Salt Lake City? Witness Lee was a minister of the Lord's word, serving faithfully for over 60 years before he went to be with the Lord in 1997. There has never been any kind of formal relationship with the church in Salt Lake City but we do consider the church here to have been raised up as a result of his ministry. From the time that the believers began meeting as the church in Salt Lake City in 1986 we received a continual supply of the riches of Christ through his ministering. Witness Lee never held a conference in Salt Lake City, never visited the church here, never gave any instructions, directions, or tried to influence the practical affairs in Salt Lake City. But we were invited in a loving way to attend conferences and trainings sponsored by Living Stream Ministry, we acquired their publications, and we have been helped to love the Lord, to know Him subjectively, and to pursue Him with all that we are and have. Even though our brother is "sleeping" we continue to be helped in this way by his ministry.

What denomination is the church in Salt Lake City? The real church in Salt Lake City is comprised with all of the genuine believers, all of the genuine Christians, in this place. Many of these believers choose to meet under the banner of a denomination such as Lutheran, Methodist, Baptist, etc. Denominations separate, denominate, themselves from the church which includes all of the genuine believers. The principle in the New Testament is that all of the believers in a place are the church in that place and they are referred to by the name of that place. Hence the church in Corinth, the church in Ephesus, the church in Philadelphia, etc. The church in Salt Lake City desires to meet according to the principles established by the New Testament keeping the oneness of the Body by receiving all believers (because God receives them) and not taking any name (denomination) other than that of our Lord Jesus Christ. There are hundreds of churches in the United States and thousands over the whole earth who meet in this same way with this same principle. We consider ourselves to be in the fellowship of all of these churches but we have no formal or organizational relationship with them. Our relationship is that we are all members of the Body of Christ so you can say our relationship is one in life, His life. -back-

Why do you call yourself "the church" instead of having a name like everyone else? The Bible uses this term to describe all of the believers universally such as in Matthew 16:18 and Ephesians 5:25. This term is also used in the Bible to refer to the believers in a particular place such as in Matthew 18:17 and Acts 11:26. The church in a particular place may be called by the name of that city such as the seven churches in Revelation 2-3, Acts 11:22, Romans 16:1. Rather than being an exclusive term (e.g. we're the church and you are not) it is an inclusive term referring to the real fact that all of the believers in any place and in every place are the constituents of the church. Furthermore, the Bible does not use any name other than that of God, the Lord, and the locality to refer to the church or the churches. Taking another name would simply tend to divide (denominate) us from other believers and it is not scriptural. -back-

Isn't the "Local Church" a denomination? "Local church" is not a name, not a title, it is a description of the kind of assembly that is practiced. The term is found in Acts 13:1 referring to the church in Antioch. The term emphasizes the fact that all of the believers in a particular place are the church in that place.  The church is comprised with all of the believers everywhere but practically this universal church in any particular place is expressed through the believers in that particular place, through the local church. Rather than creating yet another denomination or division, local churches only take the name of the city where they live and receive/include all of the members of the Lord's Body in that place. -back-

Where is your headquarters? The question implies an organization of local churches with a central administration of the organization. There is no formal, organizational relationship between the local churches. Each local church is administered locally by the leading ones in that city. While the local churches often receive spiritual help and encouragement from Living Stream Ministry, it is by no stretch of the imagination any kind of headquarters or central administrating authority. Nevertheless, informally and based on the oneness of the believers because of our being begotten by the same one Father, various churches fellowship together and take care of some practical matters together. But, there is no headquarters. -back-

What is your relationship to other local churches? The relationship between the various local churches is one in the Lord's life. All of the genuine believers, all of the Christians, are members of the one universal church which is the Body of Christ. All of the churches are "independent" having their own local leadership administrating the practical matters in a particular locality. But, since there is just one Body of Christ regardless where the members are living, we practice to try to get together often with other churches for conferences and times when we can be together to allow the Lord to "temper" or "blend" us together (1 Corinthians 12:24). In the blending, everything needs to be done in fellowship, through the cross, by the Spirit, for the dispensing of Christ into the members for the building up of the Body of Christ. There are also practical matters which come up from time to time which require the coordination between the churches. Again, not in a formal organizational or legal way but in an informal way of fellowship according to the Lord's leading.

What is meant by the term "recovery" or "the Lord's recovery"? The term recovery, in general, means to regain or restore something which had been lost. The term "recovery" here does not refer to a program of being restored from alcoholism or other substance dependence. In this context the recovery or the Lord's recovery refers to what the Lord is doing to regain what has been lost particularly of the experience and enjoyment of Christ and the practice of the church life. A good discussion of the meaning of the term is found at www.thelordsrecovery.org. -back-

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