Cedars- thank you!
I wonder what explanation the society gives for the fact that growth has slowed down to such a great degree?
I remember we always were being told there would be bigger and bigger increases as we got closer to the end of this system.
Yet as you have shown, there are constant decreases and the percentage of increase is nothing like it had been decades ago.
I once heard that the number of unbaptized publishers was 25%.
If more are putting off baptism that number would be higher.
I don't know either why they do not provide information regarding how many non-baptized publishers there are each year.
But this new GB is becoming ever more secrative. As you know the km no longer includes Theocratic News or the monthly FS report.
I always looked forward to the monthly report in the km. I used those averages to compile a report of how many magazines were placed, the average Bible studies each month, baptisms, average publishers, total rvs, hours and regular, auxilary and special pioneers there were, and that was for every month. I could then see how many got baptized each year.
I did this for every month for many many years.
At times I'd even estimate the world total using these figures (for the US) and i was usually very close to the actual published figures that would come out in the yb each year.
I could even use the magazine placement figures to estimate how many were printed that year.
Now, the km does not give us that information.
Do you remember when they used to tell us at meetings and assemblies to analyze the figures in the km each month, and try to at least match the national average each month?
Up till 2005 the books, well, the ones for public distribution, always provided the latest edition and language figures, and it was updated each year. I used this information to figure out how many copies of each book were being printed each year. It was interesting,
Then in 2005, figures disappeared. All you see now is 2011 printing, 2010 printing etc.
I was surprised to see that the 8/15 w now online actually mentions that about 100 million books and Bibles are printed each year.
This has been so since 2005, you'd think it would be something they'd be glad to mention-it is a huge amount.
Instead, you rarely see any info published anymore about how many books they are printing.
The new GB keeps making less information available.
I wonder why?
Thank you Cedars for the work you put into the world map.
I'm sure most witnesses think there are increases continuing all over the world and never bother to actually read the statistics in the world report in the yb.