Pat M., a former former member of the Assembly in Champaign, IL,
submitted the following letter. She said, "Below is a word for word
transcript of an email I received recently from someone who received it
when they were a student on a campus in the Assemblies. It was written
in the fall of 1999 and illustrates the level of control that the
Assemblies and the campus work sought to have on others. I have removed
all names out of respect for the privacy of those who received the
email. Suffice it to say that three of the recipients were newly
involved and wisely didn't stay involved very long. Many of the elements
of an abusive system are there, I think."
As some of you already know, I am responsible for the campus booktable
and prayer meeting this semester. Consequently, I wanted to use our new
group e-mailer to just let you know a few things about this ministry.
1. New campus workers - ___,____,____,____, and ___ should each
schedule a individual meeting with me sometime in the next few weeks. I
want to discuss basic aspects about the ministry and to find out how
each of you are doing. I am free every morning for breakfast except
Thursday as well as for Wednesday lunches.
2. Please communicate with me about anything and everything
having to do with the booktable, prayer meeting, rally, duties, etc. I
want to know when there is a problem or when you cannot make it to an
activity. We stand together for each other in this ministry by
communicating with one another, taking counsel with one another, and in
prayer. So please let me know if you cannot make a booktable or prayer
3. The gospel rally next Friday from noon to 1 PM is not
optional. I give you this notice so that those of you who have class
can make any necessary alternative arrangements with your Profs and TAs.
I expect you to either be there or to see me about why you cannot be
there. I do not expect everyone to share a message at that time but
I do expect that you will talk to me if you cannot. Your contribution
is very needful whether or not you share.
4. The Lord has entrusted us with a stewardship in the
campus ministry. The only requirement of stewards if FAITHFULNESS.
Success in the campus ministry is not based on gifts, experience,
numbers, flashy banners, etc...but on faithfulness to what the Lord
calls us to do. If you commit to stewardship (even just being at a
certain place at a certain time) be FAITHFUL to it or let me know so
that you can be let of of your commitment. Please keep this in mind as
the stewardship is something we all share equally, my contribution being
no greater than yours.
5. Please contact me IN ADVANCE if you cannot make a
booktable or prayer meeting. My phone number is______and my email
6. In general, see me BEFORE you schedule meetings (even with
____(an LB) during booktable. There are over 100 other hours in the
week to meet with people (underlined) so at least try to talk with me
before you schedule a meeting during that time. Also, booktable time is
not a good time to schedule anchor groups or to meet with your TA.
7. I know that many of you are VERY BUSY. Please talk with
me if your duties in the campus ministry are becoming too demanding. We
all stand together and will try out best to help relieve you of any
overtaxing burdens. Just let me know.
8. Booktables on Tuesday begin at 11 AM and end at 1 PM and
on Thursday begin at 11 AM. From now on we will have the booktable set
up prior to 11 AM and taken down at (not 15 min. before) 1 PM. This will
begin tomorrow when I arrive at 10:45 to set up the booktable before the
rest of you arrive.
In a related note, either be on time or
let me know that you can't be on time.
9. Next semester we will have our booktables at the same
time so please leave your schedules open during that time.
10. If any of these things present a problem, just let me
know. The point is not to just burden you with rules and regulations
but to teach you to labor with others. Please see ME if you
have any questions about these things or if you just want to talk about
the campus ministry in general.
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