Directions for Full Time Workers
In 2002, while on a "Spring Journey", George deemed it necessary to
issue a bulletin of specific
instructions to the full time Workers. He addressed this document
primarily to the Workers Meeting in Fullerton, but it was to be read in
all the local Workers Meetings as well.
Unlike George's books, which
were transcribed from audio tapes and laboriously edited into more or
less readable text, this document appears to have been fired off without
passing through much editing. There are numerous sentence fragments.
Notice the formal, bloated, ungrammatical style. Words and phrases, such
as "integrative", "as to", "direction", etc. are used repeatedly. (This
writing style is reflected in George's poetry also. Presumably his poems
were not subject to editorial influence, either.)
His fourth point regarding "extra activities" of the wives and children
of full time Workers is particularly troubling. The families of full
time Workers were to have no outside life apart from the
Assembly. This is what
Brinda and Scott M.
described so poignantly. And of course, what every full time Worker
must be, all the other Workers and saints ought to have been.
bulletin was not just a reminder or after-thought elaboration on the
"Workers Characteristics." It was sent with urgency from
overseas, apparently addressing a problem. He uses italics frequently for
emphasis. And he requires signatures, indicating that this was a public
rebuke and a tightening of control over the full time Workers. It is signed
not only by George Geftakys, but also by Roger Grant, leader of the Midwest
Workers Meeting, who was probably his traveling companion and secretary on
this journey, and by Mark Miller, who was holding the fort in Fullerton in
George's absence, and was on the ground to ensure enforcement.
have any insight into what was going on in April, 2002, that would have
prompted this bulletin?
July 11, 2007, Tom Maddux: "You
are quite correct in your description of GG's pompous, vague, and
semi-grammatical writing style. I recall he once told me that his PhD
thesis on Nietzsche had been rejected because of his (GG's) strong
Christian testimony. He then went on to describe how that had been the
experience of his being "broken" by God, leading to the beginning of his
"At the time I accepted what he told me uncritically. However, a few
years later the very first issue of the Torch and Testimony was
published. GG had written the main article. I recall that the article
did not make much sense. One sentence in the article took several lines
of text, and try as I would I could not discern any meaning whatever! I
showed it to Caryl, who agreed with me.
"Some years later I remember him boasting that he used a "complex
European writing style". After that I just figured that his thesis had
been rejected because it didn't make any sense."
July 12, 2007, Dave M.: "Although I was not "a Worker",
this brought back so many memories while reading it I had to fight off
the inclination to "stand at attention!" Yes, I definitely see a "between
the line message" here. Someone (a prospective worker?) didn't make his
home available! It has been a long time but I now remember how often I
would hear a message from George and think to myself, "Who is he talking
about/to?" Many times I prided myself on "knowing who it was!" or
thinking I did. I think this kind of manipulation was in turn repeated
by the brethren. This was a great way to assert your will over someone
you had butted heads with. I can remember getting up to "give a word"
and have had a specific brother or sister in mind! (Living together is
great motivation to "get into the scriptures.") Apparently this type of
thing is not exclusive to the Assembly. I heard it goes on in other
July 12, 2007, Rachel G.: "Several
months prior to April, 2002, Kevin Healy, having heard about the abuse
of my mother and her situation, set up a meeting with himself, Hector
Perez, and Mark Miller. In preparation for the meeting he requested that
I give him a timeline of events showing incidents of abuse, and who knew
about it and when. It was that bullet-style timeline of events that I
later developed into my story. Since that meeting would have clearly
indicated George and Betty's knowledge of abuse throughout the history
of the Assembly, I would be surprised if George was not contacted. I am
sure a need to tighten the reins and close the ranks was what led to
July 13, 2007, Bob B.: "I recall
back around that time, Eric Farien was added as a full time Worker. I
remember thinking back then how strange that he was added as a full time
Worker, being so young and so recently in fellowship. There were so few
full time Workers I thought that was reserved for like the really
anointed ones who could really be effective in preaching. Also I thought
they were to be an excellent example in their own life as well as in
their family’s. Eric had not been married very long. It just seemed to
me that he had not yet been proved as in I Tim. 3:6,10B but who was I -
just another one of the bottom dwellers - so I didn't say anything.
Perhaps this letter was directed towards him, but indirectly so as not
to name names?"
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