I attended a recent Ministerial Servant K M School on the east coast and the main school instructor mentioned among other things (Part entitled: 'Objective of the KM School Course') that the total number of ministerial servants is seriously less than it should be. In times past the ratio of M Ss to Elders was much more than it is today.
In the U.S. apparently the total number of Elders is 88,500+ as opposed to M Ss 65,000. The numbers show & numbers don't lie: The Society is running out of Spiritual Men. The instructor stated that this is a new downward trend that has (in so many words) the Society worried.
The next speaker (Part entitled: 'Why We Must Be Spiritual Men') added that in his years as a traveling servant the pool of M Ss has always been much, much larger than it is today. Meaning they've always had a reservoir of M Ss to groom for the role of elder.
My guess is that the current 65,000 M Ss (while they are good and decent men) for the most part may not necessarily be elder material or may not be wanting to reach out themselves for that responsiblity for whatever reason.
My questions are:
1. Does anyone on the forum have any statistics of past Elder & M S numbers that shows when this downward trend started?
2. What are your thoughts on the reasons for this downward trend?
Your comments appreciated.