Why Are District Conventions Becoming Shorter?

by Quendi 27 Replies latest jw friends

  • Quendi

    Maybe this has already been discussed on another thread and if so, I apologize for bringing it up here. I was talking to a friend today who is fading and he mentioned that the schedule for the summer district conventions has been released by the WTS. It would appear that district conventions will now be two days in length and not three.

    Some of us anticipated this development last year when no announcement about 2013 district conventions was made during the 2012 cycle. This friend could remember back to the time when conventions were eight days in length. When I attended my first district convention in 1975, the gathering was a five-day event. Now they have been shortened to two days.

    My friend and I talked about the significance of this. His take on it was that most Witnesses would be oblivious to the real meaning behind this development: the religion is losing steam and may soon be in full-scale reverse as people leave and new blood is not infused. I agreed with him because I think many rank-and-file Witnesses are starting to suffer from burn-out and have lost interest. I think their state is well summed up by the passage at Ezekiel 37:11 which says, “‘Our bones have become dry and our hope has perished. We have been severed off to ourselves.’ ”

    We are now nearly forty years removed from those heady days of the 1970s. I was a young Witness then and brimming over with hope. If Armageddon did not come in 1975, surely only a few short years would follow before it did arrive. I wasn’t the only one with youth and high hopes in those days. Now I am middle-aged, Paradise has not arrived, and more than likely I will die before it does. But at least I am no longer chasing rainbows and seeing mirages. Having left this cult behind, I have realized the truth of George Eliot’s observation, “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” Living the life I should have and enjoying it have given me deep satisfaction and happiness even as I see the shadows lengthening.

    But for those who remain Jehovah’s Witnesses, I wonder what must be going through their minds. District conventions were used to keep the hope of a paradise earth alive; the hope of never seeing sickness, old age and death; the belief that a Witness was part of the One True Faith that would survive into a new world. Now, some of them must begin to realize that those hopes and dreams won’t be realized because when you shorten the length of the most important gathering of the year for Witnesses, it must mean that the organization has little or nothing of worth or note to say and share. I’d welcome comment and thoughts by others.


  • leaving_quietly

    Hmm. Our was announced a week or so ago and it was still three days. Three long days.

  • jgnat

    Urban legend. The lookup for District Conventions shows them starting on Friday as usual.

  • EdenOne

    Agreed with urban legend. 2013 will have 3 days as usual.


  • daringhart13

    You asked what was going through most Witnesses minds....let me help:

    Almost nothing about their religion.

    Most of them are so uneducated it would shock you. They don't study, the greater majority have never read the Bible, much less their own literature. They are caught up in a repetitive schedule.......it pacifies their minds that they are doing something good......

    To test the theory, ask one what happened in 1919. Most of them have no clue.

    They are thinking about bills, work, stress, gossip, hiding their drinking/porn. Almost none of them think about anything deeper than what outfit to wear when it comes to a District Convention.

  • sd-7
    They are thinking about bills, work, stress, gossip, hiding their drinking/porn. Almost none of them think about anything deeper than what outfit to wear when it comes to a District Convention.

    Had to chuckle about that one.


  • MrFreeze

    I think if they did move it to two day conventions the JW's would be thrilled. Another blessing from Jah!

  • Think About It
    Think About It

    Why are District Conventions becoming shorter now?

    Because Jehovah Witnesses have evolved to where they can become completely bored out of their mind in only 3 days now.

  • Slidin Fast
    Slidin Fast

    Compared with the sixties when DCs began on a Sunday and finished on the foloowing Sunday, three sessions a day until 9PM, yes they are shorter.

  • Finkelstein

    The WTS. just doesn't have the bullshit that it use to have to preach and teach ........ really.

    Right now they are actually apologizing for all that long string of bullshit.

    Back in the day when I was JW , International Assemblies were 7 days long and district Assemblies were 4 days long.

    Today's JWS are wusses.

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