Frankly I think that the Phanar and the local Greek Orthodox derivatives don't have any of the missionary focus of the Russian Church. Now I know the EP is doing missionary work in Singapore, Hong Kong and Africa, but I don't see any serious missionary effort in the West at all. I have been told that this is because of ecumenism and an unwillingness to confront Anglican and Romans about their errors
Or it could be that the relavtively small Greek Church (all its branches all together make up well under 10% of all Orthodox) is overstretched not only in Singapore, Hong Kong and Africa but in rebuilding the Church of Albania from scratch and helping the other Churches of the East (e.g. Romania) get back on their feet (I have a variety of materials distributed for free or reduced price by the Greeks in Romania in Romanian). And pleasing the Anglicans and the Vatican is not a Greek only policy: the primate of North America carried the title of "Bishop of Alaska" for decades in order not to provoke the Anglicans, so too why there is no Russian Diocese of Great Britain, but the Diocese of Sourozh.
Btw, the EP did take all those Guatamalans last year.
But the Greeks do have their Phanariots and phyletists, that much is also true.
I don't see any attempt to impose Russian-ness on Russian Orthodox converts - whether clergy or lay. The numbers of convert clergy is high, the number of monastic converts is good and the amount of English/Indonesian/Thai/Japanese/Korean/Papuan/Italian/German/French etc etc used in Russian Orthodox Churches both MP and ROCOR is high - both in straight English etc or mixed-language.
All my contact with ROCOR (I've never got the local MP parish before it closed, but from what I understand, it was the same) has been ALL Russian. But then, the parisioners were as far as I could tell were Russian (as in from Russia). I've been told by others that there are other less ethnic parishes, but I can't personally comment on them.
In Australia the Greek Orthodox EP Archdiocese only have English liturgies on Saturdays - monthly generally and very limited English apart from the Gospel and Our Father - in some, not all parishes.
Abp. Stylianos came here and stated that his mission was to establish Hellenism. Met. Soterios of Canada is of like mind. Things, however, are not always what they seem:
I was at a foot washing ceremony a few years back, at a Greek Church with a Greek bishop I won't name (but has a reputation as an ethnarch). The church was full, and I can swear on my life that I was the only non-Greek there. The parish, by the way, is not known as English friendly, at least I've never heard it so. Anyway, during the service the bishop would switch from time to time to English, and would chant LOUD when the chanters and congregation would not switch to English also. Afterward, the bishop (again, not known as a English lover) spoke to the congregation about these lovely services we have that no one knows about, and perhaps we hide because they are not in English and no one understands or sees them, so they can come to Orthodoxy, which is our mission, to bring Orthodoxy to the Americans. He said the same in both Greek and English. Odd.
Btw, the Church in question now has an English priest, on loan from the OCA, attached to it.
I don't know what the situation in the US is - where so many Greek churches have electric organs, pews etc - one would expect a higher percentage of English.
I've been in plenty of Greek Churches here which had organs and pews and not a word of English.
Perhaps someone could enlighten me.
I don't see any imperialistic ambitions at all of the Russian Church.
Talk to a Ukrainian Orthodox.
The fact is historically we have been and are in most countries in the world.
LOL. Most institutions with imperialist ambitions are.
The Russian Church has always seen the Russian diaspora as the will of the Lord to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ - to return heterodox to the Church, to ordain local men, to create local Orthodox Churches. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_occupation_of_Eastern_Galicia,_1914%E2%80%931915#Religious_policy
Although the Russian is, as opposed to the Greek Church for instance, on record for taking it as a matter of policy that local Churches should be preened for autocephaly, and the example of the OCA is the only instance where autocephaly didn't have to be basically snatched from the Mother Church.