I expect to be around for the next 20 years so I will see.
Do you think growth will have stopped?
Yes. They will be in decline, but still millions of them.
Do you think membership will be up or down?
Same. New members will be extremely rare- problem people seeking attention.
Do you think financially they will be in trouble?
Yes and No. They will have changed many things. They won't be the giant of
publishing literature they once were, but they may very well have relocated to
a country welcoming them, sold off all the Brooklyn land. They will sell many
properties thru-out the world (KH and Assembly Halls) as well.
Will they be more liberal or have tightened up further in 20 years?
I think they will go through a few pendulum swings in desperation, but ultimately
be more liberal to keep remaining people around.
What will be the situation of the Governing Body as all the old timers are gone?
New light on how other sheep can join the Governing Body will be well established
some time after 2014 or so. New members will try many different methods of
recruitment and retainment, with varied degrees of FAILURE.
....what do you think will be happening in 20 years for the brothers and sisters?
Some issue will get to many of them, perhaps different issues for different ones.
Many will see the changing light as a problem, others will be exposed to the
SilentLambs issue. There will be some hardcore members who are sure that
the end is "right around the corner."