...a book that should be carefully read and considered by Orthodox Christians in America... an intellectually honest look at particular hotly-debated issues... -Richard Barrett OrthodoxHistory.org
In this book, Fr. Ferencz argues that virtually all of the original Orthodox parishes in America were founded on a congregationalist structure. He argues that this parish structure, radically opposed to Orthodox ecclesiology, is what has allowed and even encouraged the attitudes and problems that continue to plague Orthodox Christianity in America. His book delineates the factors that have influenced the growth of congregationalism in Orthodox parishes. Fr. Ferencz contends that if there is to be a serious attempt to correct the present, resulting in a reasonable assurance that the American Orthodox presence will have a future, then it is first necessary to understand the past.