Church Check: Living Faith Discipleship Community in Ogden, Utah

Updated: Sep 6



Basic Church Information


Church Website: https://www.ogdenlfdc.org/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/www.livingfaithut1ogdenutah

Address: 985 N. 1200 W. Ogden, UT 84404

Phone: 385-238-7000

Email: livingfaithut@yahoo.com

Online Services: See the church's Facebook page, linked above

Denomination: Non-denominational / Charismatic-Spirit-Filled

Tithe Preaching: Yes

Memberships: No

Financial Transparency: Partial

Preaching Style: Topical Sermons

Doctrinal Particulars: This church believes in modern-day healing (https://www.ogdenlfdc.org/beliefs)


Questionnaire


Did the church choose to answer the Questionnaire?


Yes.


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


We believe tithing is a representation of a Christian’s heart. We do not reprimand

anyone who doesn’t tithe – we believe, that the Old Covenant Law of 10% (first-fruits) is

a minimum. The Early Church of Acts gave 100% and shared everything in common –

so for us to say, “Do not give,” seems counter-intuitive. Rather, we encourage giving and

let our members know that 10% was an Old Covenant minimum and we, as New

Covenant believers ought to give out of the sincerity of our hearts and listening to God

for His will in our giving. Christ rebukes the pharisees, not because they tithe, but

because they tithe and do not practice justice, mercy, and faithfulness. “You should have

practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.”


Scriptures to reference: Malachi 3:8-11, Luke, 11:42, Matthew 23:23, 2 Corinthians 9:7,

2 Corinthians 8:12, Acts 2-4, Mark 12:42-44, 2 Corinthians 8:1-15”


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?


“No. We’re not really fond of the idea of membership. We are a church family and do not

necessarily consider people members. Those who are part of the church family are

those who are a consistent, regular part of the ministry. Membership cards are available

for those who feel a need to fill one out. However, the pastor does not look to those for

membership but rather considers those who have made a home in this church, a part of

the church.”


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? What do your profit on average?


“Yes, we are transparent. All information is readily accessible and available for those who consistently attend the church. Profit? That’s funny. We are not a business. We use all resources for the furthering of the kingdom and pour into God’s people and His house. God’s church is not a place for profit but a place to sow into the kingdom.”


4. Which denomination does your church align with the most, if any?


“None necessarily - We are inter-denominational. If we had to choose a group, it would

be Full-Gospel, Spirit-Filled denominations.”


"Spirit-Filled" is another term for Charismatic. (See Wikipedia's description)


5. Is your church’s pastor available for other questions or comments regarding the church, its doctrines, etc.?


“Yes, but we would ask that a phone call and appointment is made.”


6. If a member has a disagreement with the pastor or leadership on a certain doctrine, how is it handled? Does the church change its position on doctrines fairly often, if at all?


“If it is not related to salvation or core doctrinal beliefs, we do not address it, unless it is

something that would lead others astray and the person is intentionally doing so. If we

believe it will affect their salvation, we would have a personalized, individual 1-to-1 with

that particular person. We do not change doctrines. The Bible does not change.”


7. Does your church require that its members be baptized? What is your church’s official

position on baptism?


“No. We believe when you come to know Christ, the first (natural) step is to become

baptized to identify with the body as a public declaration of one’s faith. We encourage

baptism and provide opportunities for the church to be baptized. However, it is

completely up to the congregation when and if they want to be baptized. Mt. 28:18-19.”

Another excellent response: “Completely up to the congregation when and if they want to be baptized.”


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


“Our slogan is “Hear & Do,” (James 1:22-25) which represents how we believe each

gathering of saints should look like. We aim to hear God’s will and do it. Every time we

meet. On average, a majority of our members come to an hour prayer service (this is

before service, technically) and then we have worship, opportunities for prophetic words, main word/teaching/preaching, and altar time where we make leaders available to pray for the attendees. Time, duration, and order are led by the Spirit entirely.”


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


“Our body is small, we have no one on staff that is paid. Everyone in leadership is a

volunteer.”


10. What is the pastor’s educational history?


“Our Pastor has a Master’s Degree in Theology from Liberty University.”


11. How does the church discipline its members with their sin?


“Is this a stronghold or abiding sin? Is this affecting the body? Is the person parading their sin? Is the person repentant and struggling to overcome? Is the person in leadership? Has the person been told or understand the Biblical view on their sin? These questions need to be answered first. We do not believe in condemning people but helping them find freedom in Christ Jesus. We are all in the process of maturing and transforming from glory to glory. It is an individual process. Our desire is to see every person in our church walking in victory and overcoming sin in their lives. We will do our best to help them every step of the way.”


12. How is the pastor compensated (income, benefits, bonuses, etc.)?


“This varies based upon the needs of the church. If the church is in a place to

compensate the pastor, then a housing allowance is given. In lean financial season the

compensation is cut or reduced. 1 Tim. 5:18”


13. What is the size of your church and any other space the church owns for meetings and church services?


“40-50 people weekly. We are in a 3,000 square foot building in Ogden, UT.”





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