(地方 教会). A Chinese Christian religious movement founded by Witness Lee (Li Changshou, 李常受, 1905–1997), and tracing its origins back to the Little Flock. Persecuted by the CCP, Lee moved to Taiwan in 1949 and to California in 1962. In China, the terms Local Church and Shouters are often used as synonymous. However, due to the persecution and other factors, the movement in China fragmented into several different branches, and the headquarters of the Local Church in Anaheim, California, now claim that not all Chinese groups referred to as “Shouters” are part of, or approved by, its organization.
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