More AGM news continues to trickle in….
As a disclaimer I feel the need to draw attention to the fact that all information was initiated by faithful/believing JWs so if any lurkers thinks they recognize nuances of an email(s) they might have similarly received…. The original Bro/Sis holds no responsibility for my actions of reiteration….
Anywho lets get on it…….
13,582 were in attendance from 91 countries.
Confirmation that Brother Splane has been named as Barr’s successor in Writing.
Confirmation of all 6 Central American countries merging under the Mexican Branch. The Bethel family staff has been reduced from 300 to 75.
Branch consolidations were not about individual Branch efficiency rather better use of kingdom possessions as a whole. This allows for greater unity and optimal spiritual benefit.
Some examples of these benefits are:
(a) Fewer Zone Visits
(b) Merged countries may share Traveling Overseers
(c) Fewer Training Courses
(d) Resources are freed up enabling Branch expansion into areas such as Macedonia and Serbia (and others but no other territories were directly named)
Russia- The Russian Government is appealing the ECHR June 10, 2010 ruling to the Grand Chamber. Requests for continued prayers.
France- The ECHR has agreed to consider the WTS appeal over the 60% taxing of contributions. If we are able to prevail it will have a great impact on our status and sit as precedent for any future cases in Europe.
1-year trial starting mid-2011 of a ‘Simplified English’ language WT edition for countries where English is a 2nd language; if successful, benefits are extended to the translation departments as well as to parents of young children.
2-year trial (USA) shepherding program for DO (and wives), global afterwards
FurtherAGM detail and discussion of the DO shepherding program can be found on Seenitall’s thread….please post your thoughts and comments! http://www.jehovahs-witness.net/jw/friends/199891/1/news-about-the-DO-Shepparding-program
4 Theocratic Schools. Starting Sept 1, 2011 each year Patterson will host 2 Branch Committee classes and 2 Traveling Overseer classes. These will be the second courses for the Brothers.
MTS name change to “Bible School for Single Brothers” (BSSB)
New school: “Bible School for Christian Couples”.
Further AGM details and discussion of all the schools can be found on Seenitall’s thread…..please contribute your thoughts! http://www.jehovahs-witness.net/watchtower/beliefs/199892/1/info-on-new-schools
“Have you entered into God’s rest?” (Heb 4:10, 11) All were encouraged to cease ‘dead works’ (Heb 6:1)
Self-evaluation: …Ask yourself how you would react to counsel regarding personal lifestyle? What if the scriptural counsel differs from personal opinion? Will you be obedient in molding?
Example: An adult child who lives outside of the household is DFd? While the term ‘Necessary family business’ is a term familiar with those in this circumstance; the GB wants to stress there is no need to push this to the extreme! ….Basically to shorten the example and to get to the heart of the matter….. there must be incentive for the DFd person to want to return. Parents are encouraged to give a little but to leave the DFd child desiring for more while promoting their actions as motivate by their love for Jah. The end result is hope that the DFd child in wanting full access to the abundant love of his parents willl also begin to see his losses in not having a relationship with Jehovah and seek reinstatement.
1 Thes 5:2, 3 …………… "Peace & Security" , we are still awaiting fulfillment, this scripture is referring to a an exceptional development but all is a veneer and will fool all who are not spiritual awake!
That is all I got for now……
(if anyone else has been given notes that add or expand beyond what is available on JWN but prefers to remain anonymous.....PM me!)
Bethel Lurkers: Invitation to privately join JWN after your shift is over and to share your thoughts and opinions...... we really aren't all that different and your insight is always appreciated!
A BIG THANKS TO ALL WHO AIDED ANONYMOUSLY IN THE FULL FORMATION OF THIS POST