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Church Check: Gospel Grace Church in Salt Lake City, Utah

Updated: Aug 2, 2020

Basic Church Information

Church Name: Gospel Grace Church

Senior/Lead Pastor: Lukus Counterman

Address: 662 E 1300 S. Salt Lake City, UT 84105

Phone: 801-508-4610




Denomination: Baptist

Preaching Style: Expository/Verse by Verse

Membership Requirements: Yes

Tithes/Compelled Giving: Yes

Financial Transparency: Partial

Answered Questionnaire: No

Affiliations: Right Now Media

The Questionnaire

1. What is your church's official position on tithing?

On their Mission & Values Page, they are a few statements regarding “Evident Faith” and “Eternally Minded Stewardship” that suggest that they preach tithing and/or have either required giving standards or strongly pressured ones (emphasis mine):

“As people who have received everything by the grace of God, we commit both personally and corporately to wise and generous stewardship of all that God has entrusted to us. We will not hoard people or resources but will joyfully give to bless the body of Christ. In a world that values what is passing away, we will invest in eternity by valuing people over programs and facilities.”

“At Gospel Grace Church, we want to obey God regardless of the cost and even if we don’t know all the details. We refuse to dig our roots into that which is passing away. We willingly invest our families, our finances and future because we bank everything on the promises of God. We communicate and exercise this faith through our emphasis on corporate and individual prayer.”

Additionally, the church Covenant and its Core values mandates that members must give financially to the church.

2. Does your church have a particular set of rules or requirements that members must follow or abide by in order to retain their membership status with the church?

They do. You can go to the Partner in Membership page under the Connect drop-down menu on their website and read those requirements in the documents they provide on that page:

3. Is your church financially transparent or accountable to either the local church, a third party (such as the ECFA), or the universal church/public? 

According to their Church Covenant, it sounds like they are accountable to and transparent with members of the church. The transparency does not extend beyond church membership, however. (see: Article XI Finances)

4. Which denomination does your church align with, if any at all? 

Baptist, according to their Beliefs Page:

5. Is the church's pastor available for questions or comments regarding the church's doctrines or policies? 

Since this church stonewalled our attempts to ask questions, we don't know the answer to this question. They are apparently not available or open to ours.

6. Is your church tolerant and accepting of differing non-essential doctrinal views, such as differences in eschatology or ecclesiology?

On their Our Beliefs page, they preface their Statement of Faith by saying (emphasis mine):

"...We pray that this Statement of Faith will summarize essential Christian beliefs for you, display our unity in Christ, and guard our church from error."

This statement suggests that any deviation from what is expressed in their Statement of Faith will not be tolerated or accepted since their view is that what they've expressed is essential to Christianity.

7. Does your church require its members to be baptized? 

Yes, they do. See their Church Covenant:(

8. Please describe what a typical service and/or meeting looks like at your church.

We can read about this on their website on the About > Gather in Worship Page:


Read more about their services on their website here:

9. How many people do you have on staff at your church, both paid and volunteer?

They list everyone on their staff on their Leadership page here: