In the 1980s, when the JW's door-knocking campaign had been revived somewhat, many congregations started covering their territory quite frequently. We were repeatedly assured not to be put off, that congregations "worked their territory to life, not to death;"and that the "greatest increases were coming from territories that were being worked often."
During those years, I was in an area that was spilling over with JWs. There were half a dozen congregations jammed into this low cost housing area:
- the publishers attracted, not by the prospects of bringing lots of people "into the Truth", but rather by the low cost housing (the Witnesses being at the bottom of the socio-economic pile!).
The territory was being covered once every two to three weeks. However, the result was quite different one to what the Society assured everybody it would be.
Rather than "working the territory to life", people were instead heartily sick of us. So much so, that it seemed on many of the maps the number of "Do Not Calls" almost equalled the number of places that it was safe to call at. In nearly all cases, you were doing well to even make it to a person's door before receiving your marching orders. (The low intelligence of the typical resident of such a housing project did not help, of course - the average person's vocabulary consisted of little more then the "Fornication Under Consent of the King" word!)
A new Circuit Overseer was appointed in mid-1990, and what he was not going to achieve was not worth achieving, apparently. He went into it with his customary dash and enthusiasm, but quickly hit a brick wall in the typical response from residents of that territory - I well remember his attempts to strike up a conversation with two guys who were servicing a parked up semi-trailer at the roadside, and their very quick rebuff of his overtures.
So much for "working a territory to life"!
Or have others here actually experienced a situation in which saturation coverage of a territory did bring positive results?