By Kevin Williams
Posts of 5 are popular on Amish365, “5 Amish Corn Recipes” or “5 Amish Potato Salads”, etc. 5 is just a nice, round number. Google loves lists in terms of ranking them in search engines and people, in general, like lists. They’re handy, they’re easy, accessible, and just a great way to organize one’s thoughts (an ironic reference, those of you on the email list will know what I mean).
Anyway, just thought it’d be fun to share the Top 5 “5” posts….I’ll have many more groups of 5 coming up in the months ahead, so this list will have to be revised from time to time.
I kind of chuckle at one of them that did crack the Top 5: cake mixes. Most Amish cooks bake from scratch, but many aren’t averse to cutting a corner here and there and if cake mix can do that, sometimes they’ll use it. Top 5 Amish recipes using cake mix cracked the Top 5.
So, here they are!
Coming in at #1:
And the rest of the list….
And there you have it, the Top Five Five.
On a totally different note, you ever wondered about the administrative structure of an Amish church? They are very decentralized. There is no “Amish Pope” somewhere, the authority generally stops with the local bishop.
CHURCH STRUCTURE: Like snowflakes, no two Amish churches are alike. The Amish church lacks a central administrative structure like other churches have. The centralized structure of most churches whether it be the Mormons and their headquarters in Salt Lake City or Roman Catholics taking their direction from the Vatican, the highest authority in the Amish church is he LOCAL bishop. So while most Amish churches share similarities in theology and tradition, one can also see wide variations. Some Amish churches permit indoor plumbing, while others do not. Most Amish prefer not to be photographed, but in some church districts the rules are more liberal and photography is permitted.
Most Amish churches have about 25 families and if it gets much larger than that, the churches will split off into a separate district. The two districts will continue fellowship with one another. Other churches may spit apart because of theological differences, and if that happens contact between the two groups will be minimal.