Greek Orthodox parishioners in Chicago became concerned about
parish life being disrupted by an outside group with a very
(For information about this group "Ephraimites/Father Ephraim Monasteries"
read here. [www.culteducation.com
Advice for a Parish - "Gameplan'
The entire article is much longer than the few quotations
givesn here. The advice given is detailed and perceptive.
With a few changes in terminology, it gives useful advice for any faith
The Game Plan to Take Over Your Parish
This article will give you, the reader, an idea of what to anticipate when the Hierarchs of the Metropolis of Chicago assign a new Ephraimite Priest to your parish. The editorial board of this website has, through lengthy observations and analysis have articulated the “Game Plan” which has been skillfully developed to convert your beloved parish community into an Ephraimite Parish. The ten step process has been identified as follows:
1. First Impressions
After being named Proistamenos of his new community, the Ephraimite priest will go out of his way to make an excellent first impression....The first impression is vital as it is aimed at the goal of convincing his new parishioners that he is the perfect successor of the previous parish priest.
2. Introduction of Ephraimite Theology
Perhaps the most obvious indicator of this theology is an inordinate focus on Satan and evil in general. While subtle initially, this rhetoric grows in quantity and becomes overbearing. ... This results in the transcendence of the Proistamenos from a mere priest to a spiritual guru in the eyes of his followers.
7. Domination of the Parish Council
The Proistamenos will use his influence over his followers to subjugate and marginalize the roles of non-Ephraimite Parish Council members. The Proistamenos will have his supporters chair every committee and hold all offices. If matters of concern are brought to the Proistamenos, he will not address them, but will use legalistic and semantic arguments to avoid the issue. To curtail any dissent, the Proistamenos will ignore parish bylaws and regulations to fill the Parish Council with supporters. These supporters, acting as no more than “yes men,” will effectively drown out any opinions expressed by non-Ephraimite Parish Council Members. Once non-Ephraimite Parish Council members come to the conclusion their opinions will no longer be considered, they resign. This leaves the Parish Council as no more than a false parliament. Finally, the parish is left as a despotic dictatorship.
Now that the Proistamenos has exerted control over all ministries and committees, they become an extension of his will... His aforementioned establishment as a spiritual guru allows him the ability to micromanage in this fashion without inquiry.
Now that an Ephraimite priest controls the parish, who is left:
1. The Old
While many of the older parishioners do understand the changes that have occurred, the majority clearly do not. They have grown accustomed to the “bricks & mortar” and cannot find the will to leave or are often unable to leave. They have spent a lifetime in the parish. They chose to stay even though they are conflicted.
2. The Ignorant
The members of this group are those that either never understand the faith or lack the will to read anything that will shed light on the Ephraimite cult. They continue to attend their parish unaware of any change.
3. The “I Just Don’t See It” Parishioners
These people include those that are highly intelligent. This group either really likes the new Ephraimite Priest or his family or have married the idea that “there is nothing wrong with the Priest”. Remember that the priest has already taken action to remove those parishioners he anticipates will fight the movement. Their personal feelings for the priest or his family do not allow them to remain objective. These parishioners are like the character “Sergeant Schultz” on the Hogan’s Heroes television show. They will not agree with anyone else’s observations about the Ephraimite priest. They put themselves in a state of mind which allows nothing to penetrate their misguided image of the priest. No matter what you tell them, they will never change their position.
4. The Egocentric
This is an interesting group. These were the people at the parish who were never universally respected. They had some limited responsibility or position before the arrival of the Ephraimite priest. They may have been Parish Council members or even held offices of different organizations. Some of these people even had some support among the Parishioners. However, they begin defending the actions of the priest at any cost. They become his most ardent defenders and will damage any relationship in order to keep him in power and thereby preserve and increase their own power. The Ephraimite priest also understands the psyche of the Egocentric Supporter. This group is like putty in his hands. Soon he convinces this group to take over leadership roles within the parish. These people work for the parish as the priest’s minions. They work like slaves never publicly or privately questioning the priest. Instead, they carry out his plans with the zeal of henchmen. These people should be approached with caution for they are on a blind mission. Their massive egos never allow them to self reflect or question their new “spiritual father”.
5. The “I only go there and light my candle” Parishioners
This mindset is true in those parishioners who go to church but do not actively participate in the administrative duties of a church.... Now these parishioners find it inconvenient to their life or lifestyle to vest emotionally in their parish. They chose not to care what is going on because they believe they do not have the time or energy to help. However, if you donate money to any parish that harbors, promotes or protects an Ephraimite priest, you are aiding in the destruction of the institution of our faith as it has existed in North America since the latter part of the 1800’s.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/23/2017 11:31PM by corboy.