WTS closes/dissolves 435 congregations in 29 countries

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  • AnnOMaly

    I agree with tornapart. The decrease in Poles may be due to emigration.

  • besty

    didn't the GB recently boast about a 70 stage verification process before anything makes into print?

  • St George of England
    St George of England
    This demonstrates that, not only was the guy who put the report together not being "blessed" in his work, but whoever was responsible for checking HIS work didn't have their eye on the ball either.

    He was probably watching pornography hence his lack of blessing. Or a shakey hand!


  • cedars


    didn't the GB recently boast about a 70 stage verification process before anything makes into print?

    Yes, this claim was made during the October Annual Meeting at which the "new light" was announced.

    Witnesses would probably argue that the speaker (Geoffrey Jackson, I think) was referring to WT articles and not statistical reports, but arguably these reports should be subject to the same care and scrutiny during preparation as any other written material - especially if the figures are to be quoted in subsequent Watchtower articles.


  • maisha


  • wha happened?
    wha happened?

    perhaps they should start requiring a high school education to enter Bethel. Apparently basic math is a rare commodity there

  • Refriedtruth

    Watchtower society membership data is compiled by them,there is no way to verify.

    Reports from TIME Magazine-*An even more extreme example of what might be called *masked churn* is the relatively tiny Jehovah's Witnesses, with a turnover rate of about two-thirds*.
    That means that two-thirds of the people who were raised Jehovah's Witnesses no longer are.
    Jehovah's Witnesses are the highest loss of any religion.

  • jgnat

    Poland is listed as one of those countries with a declining population, attributed to a declining birth rate. It's rate of decrease is 0.625%.


  • SAHS

    The analogy to these closed/dissolved congregations I can think of is that of the human body as it is freezing to death. The first thing that happens is the extremities of the hands and feet start cooling first as blood is reduced to try to conserve the temperature of the main core and the head. In such a crisis of reduction, it's the peripherals that get shut down first; i.e., the dwindling congregations have to be "sacrificed" for the benefit of the organization as a whole as members and real estate assets are pooled together to conserve resources.

    Expect this to be the current trend, especially in these Internet-savvy lands.

  • jam

    In my city (38000 population) one KH, a small English

    speaking congregation and two large Spanish congregations.

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