Church Check: Antioch Community Church in Salt Lake City
Updated: Sep 6, 2020
Basic Church Information
Church Name: Antioch SLC
Lead/Senior Pastor: Codi & Kate Wasion
Address: 669 S. WEST TEMPLE, SLC UTAH 84101
Email: Church Contact Page (https://www.antiochslc.com/contact)
Phone: (801) 913-8147
Church Website: https://www.antiochslc.com/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/AntiochSLC/
Financially Transparent: No
Membership Requirements: Yes
Denomination: Charismatic-Baptist / Non-Denominational / Possible Lordship Salvation Teachings
Answered Questionnaire: No
Pressured Giving/Tithes: Yes
Preaching Style: Topical
Red Flags: This church has encouraged members to attend the controversial YWAM (Youth With a Mission) School, which has hundreds of reports of abuse to its name, both on social media and in the courtroom.
There are also multiple online resources detailing some troubling and abusive situations:
Nothing new or special here. When we tried contacting Antioch SLC, we were completely stonewalled, as expected. We emailed them, contacted them through their website Contact page, and even tried PM-ing them on Facebook. Nothing but a big stone wall.
So let’s see what we can find out on our own.
1. What is your church's official position on tithing?
The answer to this is clear on their Give page. They believe giving to the church is a biblical command.
Also, they do have a membership agreement according to one of the staff at the Waco location, and the fact that every other membership agreement I’ve ever read for any other church has always included giving money to the church, I would be very surprised if it wasn’t included in Antioch’s membership agreement as well.
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?
The main Antioch location in Waco used to have a copy of their sin discipline policy on their website, but they appear to have taken it down now. Luckily, we were still able to snag a copy thanks to Michael Lake and his IT skills.
Here is a copy of the document if you're curious.
I also emailed someone at the Waco location and asked if every Antioch Community Church has the same membership agreement, and the staff member I spoke to confirmed that they do.
I’m working on trying to get a copy of the membership agreement to share with churchgoers, but in the meantime, the sin discipline policy alone is more than enough to show churchgoers that this church does in fact have some real requirements for its members. Also, the main Antioch location in Texas says this about membership:
"People typically think of the word member when considering joining a church. At Antioch, people who join the church are called Owners. Membership often implies becoming a part of an organization and receiving certain benefits while ownership implies taking responsibility for the organization.
"The Antioch Ownership Course explains the five keys to being an owner and how you can embrace these commitments. If you would like to take the next step as an owner of the Antioch vision, we encourage you to join us for our Ownership Course."
3. Are you transparent with your church's financial information? How much does your church bring in through donations and tithing, and how is that money distributed?
This question might be answered at their This is Antioch class, but since our attempts to question them were completely stonewalled, we have to assume the answer to this is ‘no” for now.
4. Which denomination does your church align with the most, if any?
They appear to be non-denominational at first glance, and that's what we had them listed as for a while, since both their Google listing and Facebook Page don't list any kind of denomination. According to several reports I've read from former members, however, they are in fact rooted in the Baptist-Charismatic Movement, and I also see signs that they teach Lordship Salvation here.
Here are some sources claiming the church is Charismatic: