Dissolve them because they have become a pain in the a-s. "Why him and not me?" "I am no longer a Bethel Elder?, I'll show you" nag nag nag. Things prob. got out of hand. Too many to keep track of. That and also more than likely a former bethel elder brought to light or even GB that Bethel Elders have no scriptural backing.
3 notes below... This whole process is guided by holy spirit ;-)
GET A LOAD OF THIS...
PASSED around in bethel
As of August 31, 1999
Total Bethelites around the world: 18,497 in 109 Branches
Brooklyn - 3,329
Wallkill - 1,286
Patterson - 978
Total of 195 Commuters for all complexes. THESE HAVE BEEN DISSOLVED SINCE THEN
200 Bethelites in foreign service. THIS HAS INCREASED SINCE THEN
1,279 Bethel Elders in United States. "damm!!! how many congos is that?"
Bethel has kept records/applications since the 1920's - Included are, Knorr & Franz.
Bethel applications: 1,916 received and processed last year. HOT DAMM. ALMOST 1914???
661 accepted last year.
2000 ANNUAL MEETING TALK
While the Governing Body directly appoints the Branch Committee, Travelling Overseers and Bethel Elders, they too commission responsible brothers to act for them, such as Paul and Barnabas did in Acts 14:23. Later when Titus was in Crete, Paul wrote Titus 1:5. Then he outlined the requirements. So today the Governing Body indirectly makes appointments through qual ified brothers at headquarters and in the branches.
In the first century, appointments were made theocratically. This pattern is followed today. Appointments are made in 91,000 congregations, but not democratically or by some elaborate ritual. Unlike Christendom, Jehovah ’s Witnesses stick to God’s Word. If elements try to interfere, what do we do? Acts 5:29 Being theocratic certainly has proved to be the wise course because it brings divine approval. Some appointments are transmitted by a letter for the Governing Body with a stamp on it. One form letter may appoint more than one brother in the congregation. It is important to note that no legal entity controls the appointment, [of elders, ministerial servants, etc.] even though such entity may be used to transmit the information. The whole process is guided by holy spirit. Isaiah 60:17 contains meaningful words. May we all rejoice in the increase.
BRANCH OFFICE PROCEDURE
26. All Bethel elders should be available to the members of the family who have problems and they should be observant as to any difficulties or discouragement on the part of any member, being ready to offer personal counsel and help. It should be made clear to all elders just what their responsibilities are and what they are expected to do themselves. Serious problems may be reported to the Branch Committee. Bethel elders appreciate the value of giving encouragement to fellow workers and commendation for things well done. Efforts should be continued to maintain a good attitude and wholesome spirit among all members, as well as appreciation for their service privileges and a feeling of being needed and appreciated. Matt. 11:29, 30.