I don't recall seeing this posted on this board before, my apologies if the topic is duplicated....
In April 2011 and March 2012, the GB made a "loving provision" to allow JWs to sign up for the auxiliary pioneer work with only a 30 hour requirement instead of the usual 50 hours.
In 2011, in the USA, about 500,000 signed up to be auxiliary pioneers.
In 2012, per the August 2012 KM, only about 370,000 signed up.
That's a 26% drop in just 1 year!
Granted, in many parts of the US, the March weather is far worse than April's. But on the other hand, there were 5 Saturdays in March 2012 - you could get your "time in" with 5 long Saturdays and nothing else.
I was virtually certain there would be a drop-off in numbers this year, but I was expecting a 10-15% drop.
It seems that enthusiasm for knocking at empty houses and offering lame tracts is waning far faster than even I expected.
Combine this news with the approximate 2% drop in Memorial attendance in the US in 2012 as compared to 2011, and the (anecdotal) evidence of a decrease in baptisms, and it seems that we may be very close to the point where we begin to see the JW "publisher count" numbers actually begin an overall decrease.
Does anyone have any info on other countries, comparing auxiliary pioneer counts between April 2011 and March 2012?