Living Stream Ministry


The Living Stream Ministry publishes the works of Watchman Nee and Witness Lee, providing the authoritative and definitive collections of treasures from these two servants of the Lord Jesus Christ. The writings of Watchman Nee and Witness Lee focus on the enjoyment of the divine life, which all the believers possess, and on the building up of the church, the goal of God's work with man in this age.

Contact information

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 2121
2431 W. LA Palma Avenue (92801)
Anaheim, CA 92814-0121


Phone: (714) 236-6001


Organization details

EIN: 237031637

CEO/President: Mr. Benson Phillips


Board size: 9


Year founded:

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Living Stream Ministry publishes the works of Watchman Nee and Witness Lee, providing the authoritative and definitive collections of treasures from these two servants of the Lord Jesus Christ. The writings of Watchman Nee and Witness Lee focus on the enjoyment of the divine life, which all the believers possess, and on the building up of the church, the goal of God's work with man in this age.

Mission statement

Statement of faith

Living Stream uses the following to express its Statement of Faith:

Holding the Bible as the complete and only divine revelation, we strongly believe that God is eternally one and also eternally the Father, the Son, and the Spirit, the three being distinct but not separate. We hold that Christ is both the complete God and the perfect man. Without abandoning His divinity, He was conceived in the womb of a human virgin, lived a genuine human life on earth, and died a vicarious and all-inclusive death on the cross. After three days He resurrected bodily and has ascended to the heavens. He is now in glory, fully God but still fully man. We look to His imminent return with the kingdom of God, by which He will reign over the earth in the millennium and in eternity. We confess that the third of the Trinity, the Spirit, is equally God. All that the Father has and is, is expressed by the Son; and all that the Son has and is, is realized as the Spirit. We further believe that mankind is in need of God's salvation. Though we were absolutely unable to fulfill the heavy demands of God's righteousness, holiness, and glory, Christ fulfilled all the requirements through His death on the cross. Because of Christ's death, God has forgiven us of our sins, reconciled us to Himself, and justified us by making Christ our righteousness. Based on Christ's redemption, God regenerates the redeemed with His Spirit to consummate His salvation, that they may become His children. Now possessing God's life and nature, the believers enjoy a daily salvation in His Body in this age and the eternal salvation in the coming age and in eternity. In eternity we will dwell with God in the New Jerusalem, the consummation of God's salvation of His elect.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Publishing

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating366 of 7725 of 10
Fund acquisition rating175 of 7732 of 10
Resource allocation rating258 of 7734 of 10
Asset utilization rating695 of 7729 of 10

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$8,124,036$9,125,571$9,183,763$8,259,267$8,458,040
Short-term investments$400,025$464,955$320,314$270,734$376,871
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$18,938,164$20,840,506$18,801,307$16,441,858$18,846,964
Long-term investments$5,480,618$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$76,085,770$77,631,451$77,128,165$77,182,145$73,048,332
Other long-term assets$206,058$1,638,808$1,541,445$1,457,079$1,279,515
Total long-term assets$81,772,446$79,270,259$78,669,610$78,639,224$74,327,847
Total assets$100,710,610$100,110,765$97,470,917$95,081,082$93,174,811
Payables and accrued expenses$639,431$760,469$793,025$472,172$719,809
Other current liabilities$93,119$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$732,550$760,469$793,025$472,172$719,809
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$1,234,327$534,995$813,617$556,395$352,200
Total long-term liabilities$1,234,327$5,470,939$5,946,420$5,874,927$5,849,683
Total liabilities$1,966,877$6,231,408$6,739,445$6,347,099$6,569,492
Net assets20182017201620152014
Temporarily restricted$2,586,755$3,239,264$1,076,493$1,030,328$3,857,656
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$98,743,733$93,879,357$90,731,472$88,733,983$86,605,319
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$7,967,674$3,839,668$1,644,447$2,420,650$8,158,816
Program service revenue$6,101,553$6,404,133$6,074,204$5,332,139$5,079,450
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$112,635$405,829$205,983$882,942$57,941
Other revenue$7,294,265$7,059,708$7,557,485$7,041,086$7,363,333
Total other revenue$13,508,453$13,869,670$13,837,672$13,256,167$12,500,724
Total revenue$21,476,127$17,709,338$15,482,119$15,676,817$20,659,540
Program services$13,867,180$12,139,561$10,742,444$10,768,495$9,498,496
Management and general$2,691,498$2,542,283$2,783,312$2,662,721$3,328,526
Total expenses$16,558,678$14,681,844$13,525,756$13,431,216$12,827,022
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)$4,917,449$3,027,494$1,956,363$2,245,601$7,832,518
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$4,917,449$3,027,494$1,956,363$2,245,601$7,832,518


Ed MarksDirector$102,158
Ron KangasDirector$102,002
Curt KennardAssistant Treasurer$88,800
Kerry RobichauxDirector$86,021
Dennis HigashiDirector$84,362
Yorke WardenAssistant Secretary$69,393
George DankerDirector$57,943
Benson PhillipsPresident$54,988
Bryan KarrDirector$54,105
Raymond GraverTreasurer$39,817
Andrew YuSecretary and VP$38,987
David KooDirector$34,868
Joe DavisDirector$1,188

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2018

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