for some time now those serving in this manner have been known as members of the "Order".
Oh........my..........GOD!! I thought this was a freaking JOKE when I first started reading it!! "The Order"??!!! If that doesn't have George Orwell's name writ all over it, I don't know what does! I had absolutely NO idea that you had to sign a "Vow of Poverty" with these Goons when you went to Bethel. That is just pathetic........the Governing Body should heed their own words:
*** w93 1/1 p. 23 Shepherding With Our Grand Creator
***For those who have positions of responsibility in the organization, what does it mean to be theocratic? Jesus said of the scribes and the Pharisees of his day: "They bind up heavy loads and put them upon the shoulders of men, but they themselves are not willing to budge them with their finger." (Matthew 23:4) How oppressive and unloving! True theocracy, or God-rule, calls for shepherding the flock by applying the Bible’s loving principles, not by burdening the sheep with endless man-made rules.