I wounder how many got baptized versis how many leaft the organization??
Hi karter. Good question. I've seen a thread in which the poster summed up all the total baptisms in the last 10 to 15 years, made subtractions for adeath rate (I forget the percentage) and calculated that worldwide hundreds of thousands of baptized ones are not accounted for in the current publisher numbers. In other words, if the newly baptized ones were actually remaining active in the organization, we'd see greater growth rates in publishers than the numbers currently reported.
Getting baptized is no guarantee of staying active in the organization. It's a great public display though.
I know what you mean about the big noise they made in previous decades aout all the new kingdom halls being built. Haven't heard of any new ones being built in years. In fact, I recently saw the Shannon Kingdom Hall on the property market. My inside sources tell me the dwindling members of the Shannon congregation have merged with the Foxton congregation.