So it's strictly non-annointed people helping the GB on certain tasks then? If you are annointed and helping the GB - what is that called?
-- Or am I missing the point? --
Are you saying the the nethinim are actually GB members who are not annointed?
I served at Bethel and have met some of the "Nethinim" (i.e. Robert Wallen) so I'll give my answer.... As Gary Buss said as the anointed aged and the GB was a bunch of 90 year olds, the light back then flashed (in 1992) and Other Sheep brothers were assigned as "helpers" of the GB. I suppose that some "anointed" could also be helpers, maybe as a pre-GB phase. But that wouldn't fit into the prophetic parallel, so they probably would be officially called Nethinim as that would make the new light fuzzy. But no, if they are actually appointed GB members they must be anointed. Which is why so many these days are now waking up anointed. I wonder how this works... Do they get a letter one morning? Perhaps it looks like... Hi Brother Other Sheep, The GB is getting very old and we need new anointed ones to take over. The Nethinim idea just didn't take hold as many JWs don't get it. So now with the new light about the generation, we need additional anointed ones who may be willing to serve on the goverbing body. If you would like to serve in this capacity, please partake of the emblems at the next memorial celebration. We think you would be a good fit on the GB since you're pretty mindless and don't question any of the Watchtower's teachings. Wouldn't matter much anyway, since a 2/3 majority on the GB is needed for new light. Perks include a company car, free trips to the zone visit of your choice, and lavish Bethel rooms, since GB members don't get kicked out during room bids. Please inform us of your decision, since if you don't want to be a GB member, you are probably too old to stay at Bethel, and we will re-assign you to the field since we won't want to pay for your health problems anymore. Please be assured of our warm Christian love. Your Brothers, Personnel Commitee (for the Governing Body)