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Title Potters House
Founder Wayman O. Mitchell (said to currently be in the Prescott, AZ area)

Alternate Names of the Group: Victory Chapel (leader Paul Campo) The Door/La Puerta (leader Harold Warner) From a former member: "The group is a Bible-based, fundamentalist group which was started in Prescott, Arizona approximately 30 years ago. Wayman Mitchell, the original leader, broke away from a shepherding group called Four Square and started his own church, which he called Potter s House . The men who come into the group, mostly at a young age, are discipled to become pastors. They must find a wife in order to be sent to other parts of the world to start a church. They have a large conference twice a year on Cape Cod, MA. Over 1000 people come to these conferences, which lasts for five days, morning and night. Money is collected at each service and, twice on the night, the new pastors are sent to different parts of the world. All of the B.I.T.E. Mind Control methods are being used in this group Behavior Control, Information Control(no television), Thought Control, and Emotional Control. Fear is what keeps the people there."

1. Regulation of individual's physical reality
  a. Where, how and with whom the member lives and associates with
  b. What clothes, colors, hairstyles the person wears
  c. What food the person eats, drinks, adopts, and rejects
  d. How much sleep the person is able to have
  e. Financial dependence
  f. Little or no time spent on leisure, entertainment, vacations

2. Major time commitment required for indoctrination sessions and group rituals

3. Need to ask permission for major decisions

4. Need to report thoughts, feelings and activities to superiors

5. Rewards and punishments (behavior modification techniques- positive and negative).

6. Individualism discouraged; group think prevails

7. Rigid rules and regulations

8. Need for obedience and dependency.

Regulations no personal time on leisure, entertainment, or vacations Major time commitment required. Need for obedience and dependency. Individualism discouraged; everyone thought the same on all issues.

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The International Cultic Studies Association New England Institute of Religious Research Potter's House: Apologetics Index