They are generally insecure. They are looking for someone to look to them so that they can convince themselves of their usefulness. They also have a latent feeling that they are undervalued in the church. And then they spot their prey. Here is someone to whom they could be a saviour. Generally the person, who is their prey, is somewhat vulnerable. The predator considers that no-one else is really able to help. And so they move in.
They move in to take control. They offer their help and advice. And “bingo”; salvation comes. Not salvation through Christ, sadly, but salvation through them as saviour. The rescued start to depend upon the rescuer and all ends unhappily ever after. See here for a similar character who causes much mayhem.
This reminds us to be aware of what ministry is truly all about. It is that people find the Saviour. We are relentlessly seeking to lead people to trust in the Lord. The model of all this ministry is the Lord Himself who being the true Saviour leads people to Himself. Accordingly we must be ever ready to study Luke 24 and discern the principles in that passage of true counselling and pastoral ministry. This ministry is all summed up in Luke 24:27 where we read And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. See here for fuller development of how the Lord on the Emmaus Road provides the model for counselling
May we always be leading people and pointing people to Himself.