Re: More questions about the back room meetings
Date: January 11, 2018 10:44PM
> No one has to answer any of these questions about
> the back room meetings Puddington mentions.
> I came up with the questions just in case they
> help clarify what people remember and wish to
> Since those back room meetings were kept a secret,
> no one who was not in those meetings can have full
> knowledge about LW -- or have knowledge of
> the entire cost of discipleship.
> If new trolls arrive, one can ask if they attended
> back room meetings or knew that any such
> meetings took place.
> LW Back Room Meetings - More
> 1) About the backroom meetings:
> A) Did the meetings happen on schedule? Or were
> they called suddenly, with no warning?
> B) Did the meetings start and end at reasonable
> times, or did you run short on sleep?
> C) During meetings were you treated courteously
> D) During meetings could everyone share his or her
> ideas and concerns openly and with no worry about
> loss of standing
> E) Was the physical setting convenient to get to,
> comfortable? Could you eat, take breaks, go the
> the bathroom when needed?
> F) Did the meetings interfere with family, work,
> getting sleep?
> G) Were records kept for what was proposed,
> decisions made, votes?
> Puddington wrote that those invited to the secret
> backroom meetings "Worked at the LW building, Blix
> house or be an elder in good standing with
> Q 2)What did you have to do to be
> A)invited or allowed to work at the LW building
> B) invited or allowed to work at Blix house
> C become an elder in good standing with Marilyn?
> Question 3: Could you decide you no longer wished
> to participate in the backroom meetings?
> Question 4: Did anyone ever find ways (illness,
> family business, etc) to avoid attending backroom
> Question 5:
> A) Did you enjoy backroom meetings?
> B) Were you ever afraid to go to backroom
> C) Did you ever do or witness anything at backroom
> meetings you later regretted?
These additional questions that corboy posted have had me thinking about the whole concept of backroom meetings. There were many and various kinds of backroom meetings, from the local ministries (leaders) meetings before services to the highest levels. There were special Apostolic Company (APCO) meetings that generally took place after Feast times or after other special gatherings. There were Apostolic Company Coordinators meetings. There were ministries conferences where local pastors and their lead ministries met with JRS or later G&M (usually yearly). There were special meetings around the time that the corporation rules changed. There were many sundry meetings which were by invitation only. The general congregants may have been aware of some, but not all of this type of gathering. Apostle Dog talked about a special shepherd's conference when G&M were demanding absolute submission, deference, and possibly worship of Marilyn after John's death.
Some people who post here may have been part of some backroom meetings at times, but not wish to say so. Leadership in TLWF or the Walk was such a tenuous thing, at best. Whatever state you found yourself in over the years, you were still a servant or slave of the highest leaders. If you were any type of leader, you could be removed at any time for any reason or no reason. Witness the undignified (and unexpected) removal of Dan Statton from APCO and all other forms of leadership during a Feast of Tabernacles service. (He was even set out of the fellowship.) This took place without warning in front of the general congregation at the Valley Church (CLW). And don't forget about John Miller's exit. He was an APCO Coordinator. In fact, several at that level (Ted Shohfi, Mike Schermerhorn) simply vanished from the fellowship with no explanation. Being a leader at any level was a double-edged sword.
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 01/11/2018 11:11PM by Reepicheep.