So much for the great influx right before the 'end' huh?
What proportion of Jehovah's Witnesses will make a convert in their lifetime?
Does anyone know what 'status' you fall into on the official records as far as a baptized publisher that is just 'inactive', no removal of privileges, just not reporting time for 6 months or more? Do they not qualify as being counted as a pub? Just wondering if they are still counted then that skews the numbers even more.
I am not a witness but I can tell you this much: in the twenty years I lived in the same street, I saw many witnesses coming and going. Not one person converted. The population of my street I would estimate at five hundred. Of course, over the years, many people moved in and out.
Question: did the fact that you weren't converting anyone made anyone think that, hey, something was the real matter with the doctrine?
The witnesses are not programmed to actually convert anyone, their job is to warn people, if someone joins thats a plus. Most witnesses don't tend to think that if they have 0 converts that it is due to their doctrine. However, it would be safe to say that because of their doctrines they believe not many will join.
I had two, both high school buddies. One began studying to get out of the military and there by missed Vietnam. The other pioneered with me (see my post "confessions of a wayward pioneer, at
http://www.jehovahs-witness.net/jw/friends/202517/1/Confessions-of-a-Wayward-Pioneer and went to Bethel. The way I looked at it I might have 'saved' two guys from getting wounded or killed in one of our stupid, needless and tragic wars. Mission accomplished!
I was a miserable pioneer and wouldn't teach the blood doctrine or Armageddon!
I do remember a couple of sisters who accounted for more conversions then the entire congregation. "Each one to their gifts' would have been a smart policy for the WTBTS to follow. The door to door ministry was over in the sixties. When I'd go out in service on a Saturday or Sunday morning you could hear the TV's set to a 'Preacher man' show or pro wrestling! Either one was doing a whole lot better then we were.
Does anyone know what 'status' you fall into on the official records as far as a baptized publisher that is just 'inactive',
If you report every month for six consecutive months you are a 'regular publisher'
If you miss a month you are an 'irregular publisher'
If you do not report for six consecutive months you are no longer counted as a JW.