Witness Lee on the local church: The Recovery of the Ground and Practice of the Local Churches
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C. Existing in a Locality as a City


Next, Witness Lee reiterates the fact that the boundary of the jurisdiction and administration of a local church is the boundary of the city in which it exists, although he adds that its work and testimony are universal:

A local church is one that exists in a locality as a city, the jurisdiction of the church being within the boundary of the city. We have seen that all the local churches are located, respectively, in different cities. To locate a church in a city is practical and convenient for its administration and its function. The jurisdiction of a local church for its administration is within the boundary of the city in which it exists; but its work and testimony should not be limited or restricted by any boundary. For its administration, the jurisdiction of a local church is local; but the testimony of a local church through its work is both local and universal. (30-31)