But I don't see this change as a potential "marking" of people who don't want to pioneer. I think it's a good thing if this becomes permanent, and there is more than one reason for it: first, people who always wanted to do more but don't find time for 50 hours, can now pioneer - because the truth is, if you don't make a comittment about how much time to spend preaching, you are more inclined to stay in front of tv or computer than go preaching, but if you know you have to fulfill your promise you organise your time so that you can do this.
Welcome to the forum tia.dalma!
I don't get why Jehovah's Witnesses put so much emphesis on these pioneer titles. If hours is what every one is trying to get then why don't they just inform the members of the importance and let God give them the strength. Why does their have to be hounders that make sure the congregation is "doing their part." What is this a slave labor mine?
Why create the the Pioneer "elite" group at all? Is that how Jehovah, God of Perfect Justice chooses to run things? By dulling out titles to those who put in the most time and then "encourage" the others to shoot for these positions? Why document this elite group's membership it at all? Just have everyone turn in their hours and praise the people who are obviously putting in a lot of time.
Why the title?
Why the formal induction and removal from the position?
You are just asking for Days of our Lives to start playing reruns and using the publishers as actors and actresses!
This is not a system of spirituality it is a system of business:
WATCHTOWER BUSINESS MODEL:
#1. Increasing membership leads to:
#2. More Rank and File* which go out and find new members, which leads back to #1. *Members of Rank and File (Publically Baptized) continuously donate funds to the Watchtower Corperation from their private accounts while providing free labor and indoctrinate their children with the same designation
It's a way to make money forever... money is a huge factor in this world. If you can get yourself on a LOT of money (hundreds of millions) you can further any agenda you want... and that's exactly what the Watchtower does. Why do you think they keep their leaders hidden behind the curtain in Brooklyn? Most Witnesses cannot name their leaders... I wonder how many Israelites didn't know who Moses was? I wonder how many 1st Century Chritians didn't know who Paul was... there is no execuse for their forced anonymity... they don't want you to know what they spend the money on because you might not agree with it...
It all comes down to who the hell elected these people? No random Witness would be able to tell you how they got there, who there are or even if they have the credentials to hold that kind of position.... a serious say on what is done with hundreds of millions possibly billions of dollars. It's madness!