The local needs was about low FS time in the cong. About 1/3 of publishers are averaging 4 hours per month. That is UNPRECEDENTED in our cong, a usually 'zealous' congregation.
My take is this: If you don't believe it yourself, why are you going to waste valuable time telling others? I think others in the cong are catching on that something is up, either the generation change thing or just the fact that IT IS THE YEAR 2011- WHERE IS GODS KINGDOM? I am sure there are more than a few who enjoy the association, but don't believe the message.
My wife came away feeling guilty (the desired result of course) and not wanting to push too far I asked why did she think the number was so low. She offered the usual 'this systems pressure,' but I countered that there have been pressures for decades and hours always averaged around 10. I said I think there is a much bigger problem than that. She asked what? I just said Think about it.....
Anyone else out there seen precipitous drop in FS in your congregation?