Living Grace Ministries

★★★☆☆
  • 106 S 28th St

    Tacoma, WA 98402

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  • 253-584-3778

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Sunday @ 10 AM Wednesday @ 7 PM Saturday @ 6 PM

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An urban church with a broad range of people. It is a church that seeks to live by the motto, "love the Lord, love the lost, and love His word." If you're looking for a church with this as the heartbeat, try it out.

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An urban church with a broad range of people. It is a church that seeks to live by the motto, "love the Lord, love the lost, and love His word." If you're looking for a church with this as the heartbeat, try it out.

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Most of the negative reviews you read for this church are from some of the members who migrated away from the church quite a few years ago. Being lifelong friends with most of these people I found it very contradictave to see how much they attacked the church they called home for 20-30 years. Most of these bad reviews came from the same group base of people, who in turn could find no other outlet than to bash something that they once loved and cherished. Most of the people who came out of the split said that there were communication issues between the congregation and the higher ups in the church... DUH! What goes on behind the scenes is not always intended for the congregation. The decision to break away from Greater Grace Ministries was brought on because Pastor Powell and staff did not agree with the decisions made by the home base church, and when they are using missionary money to fund million dollar attorneys fees to cover up an affair from a pastor in the main church, I believe that Pastor Powell and the Elders at the church made the sound and choice decision that allowed them to break away from what was a fairly corroupt system back in Baltimore. Pastor Powells messages are advanced, beyond your simple christ saves messages. They are in depth and sound like they are comming from someone who has devoted his whole life to the practice... no you wont hear the same re-hashed be saved message here... nope hear you find in depth all angles approached teaching, for church goers who want more out of their messages... ITS NOT A CULT. lol the people who said that are obviously full of ish. The church body is amazing, The elders and Pastor Powell have devoted their life to God and to the community. DO NOT LET THE NEGATIVE REVIEWS OF THOSE THAT "USED TO BE HERE' fool you. I personally know all of these people and if we want to go tic for tat theres a ton of dirt on these folks, especially the "anonomous" posters... Yeah I know who they all are, they used to be my sunday school teachers, and my youth pastors growing up. And it only took one moment of insecurity for them to loose faith and blame it all on Pastor Powell and his church. Funny thing is they were all heavily involved people in the church. Who at the time did not get things to go their way and ended up leaving the church and then blogging, reviewing and writing any and all bad things about their former church. Another funny note: they used to be highly active people in the community and for God and now they are neither since leaving... great job guys! Personally I stuck with this church through the break off with the main church, and I will continue to walk with God as a member of Living Grace Church. I have been to countless other churches from all religions and no message has ever had as much power or information packed into it like Pastor Powells message. Amazing body life, outstanding local outreaches, and Sound bible driven doctrine are the pros for this church. Challenge your walk with christ and come check this church out I highly recommend it!

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★★★★★

Most of the negative reviews you read for this church are from some of the members who migrated away from the church quite a few years ago. Being lifelong friends with most of these people I found it very contradictave to see how much they attacked the church they called home for 20-30 years. Most of these bad reviews came from the same group base of people, who in turn could find no other outlet than to bash something that they once loved and cherished. Most of the people who came out of the split said that there were communication issues between the congregation and the higher ups in the church... DUH! What goes on behind the scenes is not always intended for the congregation. The decision to break away from Greater Grace Ministries was brought on because Pastor Powell and staff did not agree with the decisions made by the home base church, and when they are using missionary money to fund million dollar attorneys fees to cover up an affair from a pastor in the main church, I believe that Pastor Powell and the Elders at the church made the sound and choice decision that allowed them to break away from what was a fairly corroupt system back in Baltimore. Pastor Powells messages are advanced, beyond your simple christ saves messages. They are in depth and sound like they are comming from someone who has devoted his whole life to the practice... no you wont hear the same re-hashed be saved message here... nope hear you find in depth all angles approached teaching, for church goers who want more out of their messages... ITS NOT A CULT. lol the people who said that are obviously full of ish. The church body is amazing, The elders and Pastor Powell have devoted their life to God and to the community. DO NOT LET THE NEGATIVE REVIEWS OF THOSE THAT "USED TO BE HERE' fool you. I personally know all of these people and if we want to go tic for tat theres a ton of dirt on these folks, especially the "anonomous" posters... Yeah I know who they all are, they used to be my sunday school teachers, and my youth pastors growing up. And it only took one moment of insecurity for them to loose faith and blame it all on Pastor Powell and his church. Funny thing is they were all heavily involved people in the church. Who at the time did not get things to go their way and ended up leaving the church and then blogging, reviewing and writing any and all bad things about their former church. Another funny note: they used to be highly active people in the community and for God and now they are neither since leaving... great job guys! Personally I stuck with this church through the break off with the main church, and I will continue to walk with God as a member of Living Grace Church. I have been to countless other churches from all religions and no message has ever had as much power or information packed into it like Pastor Powells message. Amazing body life, outstanding local outreaches, and Sound bible driven doctrine are the pros for this church. Challenge your walk with christ and come check this church out I highly recommend it!

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"For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home."\r
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Thank you Living Grace for helping me through your food bank, and making me feel welcome.

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"For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home."\r
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Thank you Living Grace for helping me through your food bank, and making me feel welcome.

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I feel as though I could write a book on Living Grace Church. Fear was the predominant vibe running through that place. Everyone was afraid of "being deceived." This was actually an entire doctrine built essentially around one verse of scripture. Pastor Powell taught that in the "End Times" people would fall away and be "deceived." Anyone who left the ministry, for whatever reason, was said to have been deceived and lost. The only way to keep yourself from not being deceived was to always be in line with Pastor Powell. Anyone outside our church that claimed to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ was still suspect and not to be really trusted. Other Christian organizations were always somehow inferior to Living Grace as only our pastor had "the anointing" and therefore the direct link to God. Powell also taught that he had the apostleship of Paul. The doctrine of "Spiritual Delegated Authority" was preeminent and everyone was included in a kind of pecking order. New people were always put in the basement rooms until they could be trusted. We were encouraged to check every decision through our "spiritual head." Members of Living Grace believed in always getting confirmation from "the body," which meant other believers. And I'm talking about basic decisions such as going home for the weekend. People were encouraged not to trust themselves, but always to confirm through the body. Any of us that expressed a desire to go to an accredited regular four year college, or do anything with our lives other then full time ministry, were mocked for "seeking after worldly goods." There didn't seem to be a drop of humility in Tom Powell. He constantly referred to himself as God's man and made reference to his supposed "persecution." At this time there are also major defections. People are disillusioned and falling away, while many others are wounded. The bottom line was that people were taught not to trust themselves and only trust in the chain of authority.

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★★☆☆☆

I feel as though I could write a book on Living Grace Church. Fear was the predominant vibe running through that place. Everyone was afraid of "being deceived." This was actually an entire doctrine built essentially around one verse of scripture. Pastor Powell taught that in the "End Times" people would fall away and be "deceived." Anyone who left the ministry, for whatever reason, was said to have been deceived and lost. The only way to keep yourself from not being deceived was to always be in line with Pastor Powell. Anyone outside our church that claimed to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ was still suspect and not to be really trusted. Other Christian organizations were always somehow inferior to Living Grace as only our pastor had "the anointing" and therefore the direct link to God. Powell also taught that he had the apostleship of Paul. The doctrine of "Spiritual Delegated Authority" was preeminent and everyone was included in a kind of pecking order. New people were always put in the basement rooms until they could be trusted. We were encouraged to check every decision through our "spiritual head." Members of Living Grace believed in always getting confirmation from "the body," which meant other believers. And I'm talking about basic decisions such as going home for the weekend. People were encouraged not to trust themselves, but always to confirm through the body. Any of us that expressed a desire to go to an accredited regular four year college, or do anything with our lives other then full time ministry, were mocked for "seeking after worldly goods." There didn't seem to be a drop of humility in Tom Powell. He constantly referred to himself as God's man and made reference to his supposed "persecution." At this time there are also major defections. People are disillusioned and falling away, while many others are wounded. The bottom line was that people were taught not to trust themselves and only trust in the chain of authority.

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After several years in LGM, i found many, what i would consider, very serious problems that exist in the ministry. I would definately suggest doing some research before commiting to LGM. LGM has been a close affiliate of Stevens School of the Bible, The Bible Speaks, and Greater Grace World Outreach for several decades. Pastor Tom Powell has been a very close and loyal disciple of Carl Stevens for his entire pastoral career. I would suggest looking into www.Discussggwo. and www.carlstevens. for background information on this ministry. Though LGM now tries to separate themselves from their connection with their parent church because of the more recent scaldalous activities by Carl Stevens and GGWO, the reality is that these attrocities have been going on for the entire existence of the ministry. Many of the cultish teachings and practices of the GGWO are not only a part of LGM, but are held up as a superior way of Christianity. Some of the issues that i have personally seen in LGM are, elitism (superiority over other churches), arrogance (thinking that they have a special and unique calling above other churches), lying, slandering ex member, a severe disconnect between leadership and attendees (you cannot be a member, so you have no say in the affairs of the church), pastoral superiority, a strange emphisis on the local church that creates a separation between them and other churches, family, friends, etc, exalting the works of the local church rather than Jesus, etc. I would strongly suggest that you go in with your eyes wide open and ask specific questions and demand specific answers. I would also strongly suggest that you keep your critical thinking skills on high alert.

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★☆☆☆☆

After several years in LGM, i found many, what i would consider, very serious problems that exist in the ministry. I would definately suggest doing some research before commiting to LGM. LGM has been a close affiliate of Stevens School of the Bible, The Bible Speaks, and Greater Grace World Outreach for several decades. Pastor Tom Powell has been a very close and loyal disciple of Carl Stevens for his entire pastoral career. I would suggest looking into www.Discussggwo. and www.carlstevens. for background information on this ministry. Though LGM now tries to separate themselves from their connection with their parent church because of the more recent scaldalous activities by Carl Stevens and GGWO, the reality is that these attrocities have been going on for the entire existence of the ministry. Many of the cultish teachings and practices of the GGWO are not only a part of LGM, but are held up as a superior way of Christianity. Some of the issues that i have personally seen in LGM are, elitism (superiority over other churches), arrogance (thinking that they have a special and unique calling above other churches), lying, slandering ex member, a severe disconnect between leadership and attendees (you cannot be a member, so you have no say in the affairs of the church), pastoral superiority, a strange emphisis on the local church that creates a separation between them and other churches, family, friends, etc, exalting the works of the local church rather than Jesus, etc. I would strongly suggest that you go in with your eyes wide open and ask specific questions and demand specific answers. I would also strongly suggest that you keep your critical thinking skills on high alert.

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-Music: fair at best.
-Preaching: dry out of touch with reality, impractical to daily life, seems to be directed at those that can donate their entire life to the church, not to the regular guy.
-fellowship:a little wierd, like everyone loves me though no one knew me. I don't know, it just seemed a little like they were to eager for me to join them or something.
-message: i only went a few times, so take this as you will, but it seemed as though the pastor was more of a football coach, trying to get people motivated to do the will of the church, God????? But not much about a personal relationship with Jesus in everyday life.
All in all, i've definately been to churches that revealed Jesus to me much more than this one. You can do better in my opinion.

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★☆☆☆☆

-Music: fair at best.
-Preaching: dry out of touch with reality, impractical to daily life, seems to be directed at those that can donate their entire life to the church, not to the regular guy.
-fellowship:a little wierd, like everyone loves me though no one knew me. I don't know, it just seemed a little like they were to eager for me to join them or something.
-message: i only went a few times, so take this as you will, but it seemed as though the pastor was more of a football coach, trying to get people motivated to do the will of the church, God????? But not much about a personal relationship with Jesus in everyday life.
All in all, i've definately been to churches that revealed Jesus to me much more than this one. You can do better in my opinion.

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IF you like feeling that you never do enough, and feeling guilty for it...if you want your freedom in Christ to become enslaved to a church.... If you want your world to become very small....If you want the expression of the Spirit in your life to dwindle down to only what you do in your little church, if you think that your family and friends take a backseat to your church (not God), than this is the place for you.

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★☆☆☆☆

IF you like feeling that you never do enough, and feeling guilty for it...if you want your freedom in Christ to become enslaved to a church.... If you want your world to become very small....If you want the expression of the Spirit in your life to dwindle down to only what you do in your little church, if you think that your family and friends take a backseat to your church (not God), than this is the place for you.

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Convicting yet encouraging messages, the doctrine is sound and fresh! The people are welcoming and the music is uplifting! I have been to many churches and find this one to be the most honest. The lunch after the Sunday message is free for first time visitors but most importantly, the meal and fellowship provide an atmosphere to speak freely, and ask questions about the message of the service. I was satisfied and happy when I left there.
KUDOS!!!

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★★★★★

Convicting yet encouraging messages, the doctrine is sound and fresh! The people are welcoming and the music is uplifting! I have been to many churches and find this one to be the most honest. The lunch after the Sunday message is free for first time visitors but most importantly, the meal and fellowship provide an atmosphere to speak freely, and ask questions about the message of the service. I was satisfied and happy when I left there.
KUDOS!!!

Pros: welcome center, building layout functional to newcomers, plenty of childcare, happy/welcoming staff and congregation

Cons: parking limited

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I wouldn't call myself an expert church critic, but I've certainly been very critical in my time. But I think those days are over. I love this place! Although you'll hear the pros and cons about it, there's no denying that the people are loving, the atmosphere is refreshing, the music is great and the message is TRUE! I'm not a regular attendee, but I always feel at home when I visit. I would absolutely recommend you take a Sunday morning or Wednesday night to stop by. Their youth ministry operates a coffee stand in their cafeteria and on Sundays you can hang around after the sermon for lunch. And hey, if you need to, you can call the church office and speak with the Pastor directly about any questions you might have! Its certainly worth it.

After a long season of "church hunting", my wife and I found this church through their website - lgministries-org. We listened to a few messages online and signed up for their daily devotionals. When we finally decided to darken their doorstep, we were kindly greeted and serenaded by contemporary style worship music. We appreciate the Pastor's constant reference to the Scriptures in his sermons, and not just a feel-good moral message. For us, this is a perfect place to be "refueled" and "refreshed" after long weeks with our nose to the grindstone.

**While not every church fits every kind of person, please know that the majority of those who'd speak poorly of Living Grace are part of a sad church split and are just campaigning for their cause against it. I still don't know what the fight is about. But I decided to leave that to them, it doesn't affect the rest of us. And don't just take my word for it...CHECK IT OUT FOR YOURSELF! Then you can decide.**

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★★★★★

I wouldn't call myself an expert church critic, but I've certainly been very critical in my time. But I think those days are over. I love this place! Although you'll hear the pros and cons about it, there's no denying that the people are loving, the atmosphere is refreshing, the music is great and the message is TRUE! I'm not a regular attendee, but I always feel at home when I visit. I would absolutely recommend you take a Sunday morning or Wednesday night to stop by. Their youth ministry operates a coffee stand in their cafeteria and on Sundays you can hang around after the sermon for lunch. And hey, if you need to, you can call the church office and speak with the Pastor directly about any questions you might have! Its certainly worth it.

After a long season of "church hunting", my wife and I found this church through their website - lgministries-org. We listened to a few messages online and signed up for their daily devotionals. When we finally decided to darken their doorstep, we were kindly greeted and serenaded by contemporary style worship music. We appreciate the Pastor's constant reference to the Scriptures in his sermons, and not just a feel-good moral message. For us, this is a perfect place to be "refueled" and "refreshed" after long weeks with our nose to the grindstone.

**While not every church fits every kind of person, please know that the majority of those who'd speak poorly of Living Grace are part of a sad church split and are just campaigning for their cause against it. I still don't know what the fight is about. But I decided to leave that to them, it doesn't affect the rest of us. And don't just take my word for it...CHECK IT OUT FOR YOURSELF! Then you can decide.**

Pros: Friendly People, Great Music, Childcare, Central Downtown Location

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I have visited this church for 5 weeks, and me and my family will DEFINITELY continue to attend. We find it to be warm, inviting and the word preached is full of life. I love the central location. I am not concerned about the past, as we all have one, and I cannot judge any of that anyway. I am concerned about the love for the unsaved, the care of my children, and the passion for the word that I have sensed there. I highly recommend it to anyone seeking a church home!

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I have visited this church for 5 weeks, and me and my family will DEFINITELY continue to attend. We find it to be warm, inviting and the word preached is full of life. I love the central location. I am not concerned about the past, as we all have one, and I cannot judge any of that anyway. I am concerned about the love for the unsaved, the care of my children, and the passion for the word that I have sensed there. I highly recommend it to anyone seeking a church home!

Pros: friendly atmosphere - knowledgable staff

Cons: can't think of any right now

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Pros: None at this time.

Cons: None at this time.

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Living Grace Ministries (LGM) was Greater Grace World Outreach (GGWO) which was The Bible Speaks. (TBS) Tom Powell is the pastor and he is a close friend of Carl Stevens. www-carlstevens-o-r-g Not only has this church changed their name they have relocated several times. I would suggest doing a lot of research of the names listed above prior to joining this organization. A good website to start with is www-discussggwo-o-r-g

After almost 32 years (including supporting the aforementioned Bible Speaks & Greater Grace) the spiritual climate at Living Grace Ministries can only be described as heart breaking. Pray for them and their leaders to seek truth. As Peter said, I pray that they earnestly return to the days when they "grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ". That is all I can say.

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★☆☆☆☆

Living Grace Ministries (LGM) was Greater Grace World Outreach (GGWO) which was The Bible Speaks. (TBS) Tom Powell is the pastor and he is a close friend of Carl Stevens. www-carlstevens-o-r-g Not only has this church changed their name they have relocated several times. I would suggest doing a lot of research of the names listed above prior to joining this organization. A good website to start with is www-discussggwo-o-r-g

After almost 32 years (including supporting the aforementioned Bible Speaks & Greater Grace) the spiritual climate at Living Grace Ministries can only be described as heart breaking. Pray for them and their leaders to seek truth. As Peter said, I pray that they earnestly return to the days when they "grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ". That is all I can say.

Pros: Kind people in the congregation

Cons: Church Government is in disarray

 

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