Re: The Living Word Fellowship, The Walk, John Robert Stevens
Date: November 29, 2018 03:04PM
> 1. When did "The Walk" or "Church of the Living
> Word" become "The Living Word Fellowship"? I don't
> recall that name. I was in this thing from late
> 1973 through about 1978, in southern and central
> 2. Is there any kind of count or census of people
> who have left The Walk/TLWF and what their paths
> have been since then? I am curious about how many
> ex-members still identify as Christians, how many
> became pagan or "new age", how many became
> 3. I had a friend who "blew out" of The Walk and
> had an extremely hard time of it. I moved to a
> different "body" (for college) and when I left, I
> had a very easy time of it, really. (This was
> thanks to the smarter, more enlightened outlooks
> of the leaders and members of my new local group.)
> How many people had an easy time leaving The
“The Walk” was never an official name and “Church of the Living Word” was a name given to several different local churches, but most famously the one in Sepulveda that later became North Hills. The “Living Word Fellowship” was a legal association created after John Stevens death that all the churches affiliated with Stevens became a part of.
One may note that John Stevens, from the pulpit anyway, stated he was not a fan of labels or any kind of unifying name that outsiders might use to pigeonhole believers. He more or les acquiesced to the idea of The Walk and there was even a magazine with that name for a short period.
The Walk was also known as “this thing that God is doing” of “this thing.”
To my knowledge, there is no census of those who have left; however one could venture a guess that the number is in the thousands given the number of people who were members at its heyday and what remains. Some have eft feet first, and those likely have had the easiest time of it. Many others, some who post on this forum, are still sorting through the difficulties after many years, even decades.