I've mentioned my oppressive years in a church run house. I recently came across the agreement you had to sign to continue to live there when the new leadership took over. I have reproduced it below. Although it looks pretty innocuous, it became the foundation of a whole raft of abusive and oppressive, legalistic rules, often with the trappings of religion contained therein. This one sheet was later replaced by a 20 page booklet of rules (snippets of which I will post here when I find it). They were then built upon by verbal communication from the church office. The verbal rules (subject to change at whim) were as binding as the written. Sound familiar?
Note the spelling mistake and aberrant apostrophe in the first two paragraphs.