I've heard is said many times that Watchtower is a publishing company bringing in money from the proliferation of its literature. How exactly does this process work? I know that JWs are encouraged to tell the householders of the donation arrangement to support the worldwide work. And I know that JWs themselves are encouraged to donate. Is this all there is to it - the voluntary donations of individual JWs and members of the public?
I have noticed literature servants counting literature periodically (stock taking?). What's the purpose of this? Why do they have to account for all the literature that comes in and goes out of the congregation? Are congregations required to give Watchtower a compulsory periodic donation for, and in proportion to, all the literature they receive from "Mother" during the period? Do the congregations effectively buy their literature from Watchtower?
For those who have served in the congregation's accounts dept. or literature dept., can you please give some insight on how exactly the system works?