(小群教会). A large Chinese Christian movement founded in the 1920s by Watchman Nee (Ni Tuosheng, 倪柝声, 1903–1972), who had been in touch with one of the branches of the Brethren movement in the UK, but later decided to establish an independent Chinese organization. The CCP arrested Nee in 1952 and kept him in jail until his death in 1972, but its main disciple, Witness Lee, managed to escape to Taiwan and reorganize there the Local Church. Not all of Nee’s disciples, however, followed Lee, although the latter regarded Nee as the co-founder of the Local Church.
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