No contributions are received at Book Study, it is the sole unprofitable meeting.
Attendance has been declining and it was already the worst-attended meeting.
The private environment can lead to the expression of personal non-WT sanctioned thoughts. I've seen it.
4.75 hours over three days per week of meetings discourages some people from joining. Now they're down to 3.5 hours on two days per week.
Removing one meeting night per week may have the effect of increasing service time. We'll see.
Gas prices or being a burden on the members has absolutely nothing to do with it. Gas in Europe has been $8 per gallon and up for many years and they never eliminated meetings because of it. Burden? Having the members eschew college and work part-time digging ditches so they could spend 70-90 hours per month selling magazines is a little bigger burden, ain't it?
I just hope this backfires bigtime. Two indoctrination sessions per week instead of three can't help but be a good thing, right?