The only other feedback I'd offer is my opinion about the length of your post. As one of my editors told me a few years ago: Halve the number of words and you'll increase the potency of your message because more people will be inclined to stick with your message to its completion.
I hope you don't find my comments audacious because my main message is how well you write.
No steve2, there’s nothing wrong with your critique. We can all use some constructive criticism from time to time. Hey look at this way: you guys can be the JWD version of theocratic ministry school conductors.
The whole point of the bookstudy meeting was that it was usually in small homes; it was the favorite meeting of every person I knew. You might get a sour location sure, but you might get that rare gem: the bookstudy where EVERY week there was snacks, treats, coffee and fellowship after.
The bookstudy was VITAL, the GB said, because it was a micro congregation; this was the group you would go to when we were persecuted.
And of course, though they never said this, the bookstudy at a private home was most similar to the early 'households' of faith, the earliest congregations of Jesus' followers.
Pistoff, you bring up a very good point. I was floored when I had heard that they dropped the home bookstudy. We were always told that this was the most important meeting of the week, and that it would be vital when the Great Tribulation broker out. (perhaps their cozy relationship with the UN makes them believe that persecution won’t be too bad after all) This truly was many people’s favorite meeting because of it’s cozy feeling; especially those where the friends enjoy desert and fellowship afterward.
The deletion of home bookstudies had nothing to do with something so temporary as gas prices! This silly explanation is similar to the kind of reasoning that they gave for changing the baptismal questions. I’m convinced that they felt the home bookstudies were one of those loose ends they needed to tie up in solidifying their control over the organization. It’s too easy for small groups of people to begin having independent discussions about the material they’ve just covered. I don’t think the past generation of GB members would have given their approval to this.