@ inbetween: if you do more and don't sign up the elders find this suspicious, like you want to rebell against the rules of organisation, so you'll only get yourself into trubble. Not all do it because it gives them a better status in the congregation. I've met a few people who are very sincere. And guess what, in my congregation there are some elders who are not happy to see people pioneer, so they do their best to make life harder for someone who wants to pioneer. It's not easy to do it if you are in a congregation like that, and it's not easy even if you are in a very supportive congregation. The activity itself is not only time demanding it is also somehow psihologically demanding - though this depends if you are an introvert or extrovert type. The idea is that it is not so bad that this pioneering thing exists in the organisation. The problem is with the way some understand it - or not. Or better the problem is with the reasons some undertand to do it for.
And one more reason why it is ok to sign up, it is the human nature itself, if you don't sign up you don't organise your time to do it, you'll probably use the time to watch tv, read, .. write on forums... like me now...., but if you sign up, you know you made a promise to God and organise yoursellf so that you can do it.
However I do agree that it shouldn't be read at the meetings a list with the people who pioneer.
@ miseryloveselders: you can be as ironic as you want but what I wrote is true - at least from what I saw in the two congregatins I've been.
@ brotherdan: I know for myself I initially thought that it was just certain men that had gone corrupt. Unfortunately the problems go a lot deeper than that.
I have always thought that there are some elders who had gone corrupt and who don't understand the true meaning of being a christian and an elder. A few times it stroke my mind that maybe their atitude is something that propagates from the top.... I don't know that yet. I live in europe and we have less to do with the Governing Body members, other than the publications that we receive, we don't get to meet them to see what kind of people they are.
Anyway, something is wrong in this organisation and I don't know exactly what. Are there some members who don't understand things as they should or is it something that is rotten at the top of the organisation?