You invest heart and soul in a ministry with a unique vision, and call to seriousness. You give it your all, believing that you're serving the Lord. Maybe you notice some questionable practices or teaching. But when you begin to see how you and others are being controlled, you realize that you're ending up far from your original spiritual aspirations. Read more about the problems with high-demand groups and the process of recovering from them. Unfortunately, you don't just leave one and your problems are over.
It can happen in all kinds of Christian groups, especially in dynamic ministries. The story of the Geftakys Assemblies shows how high-demand church played out in a group based in Orange County, California.