What has changed in the last few years?
- Cheap paperback books.
- 15 minute rule.
- Reduced Pioneer requirements.
- Public/Private Watchtower
- Only one pair of mags to public per month.
- Doctrinal changes re 'generation', 1935 etc
- Public Talk cut to 30 minutes.
- And now the Book Study kicked into the long grass.
This is an organisation that, since the big 1995 'Generation Change', is clearly slimming down and planning it's future srategy. Real estate is being sold and essential operations are being relocated to more cost efficient locations. Ted Jaracz is the last old-timer left and it's clear that the new guard are ramping up the changes.
Is any of this upsetting the rank and file? My kid brother (21 years old - baptised at 15) reacted to last nights announcement with joy that he'd now be able to watch the footie on a Tuesday night! He was beaming! Our stalwart 64 year old JW mother was right there and was hating every second of it. So what's my point?
I think NewWatchtower are quite prepared to sacrifice the older generation of JW's, to look over their heads at the current crop of young people and do anything possible to try and retain them. Pensioners cannot contribute much, it's the working young things the Society need to retain and they have been making their investment in these people for the past few years.
Make the field service easier, make the targets more attainable. Cut the amount of boring magazine reading required, pamper to short attention spans by reducing all meeting lengths and now even cutting out one evening completely!
The older folk are being ditched in a last gasp roll of the dice to make this organisation viable to the next generation. Good luck with that Watchtower, it isn't going to work.
Your days are numbered.