Recent refinements / changes in WTS

by Da.Furious 12 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • Da.Furious

    We had our CO visit and on his second talk he mentioned we need to be a pillar and support of the truth. We can do this by accepting and working with all the changes, refinements and the speed of Jehovah’s organisation moving forward.

    He listed the refinements and changes that occurred in the last couple of years:

    1- Study Edition of WT - allows the society to use more meaty articles and not worry about non JWs understanding them.

    2- Public Edition of WT and Awake. Everything is written in a simpler way to help readers understand.

    3- Reduction of the Magazines size from 32 to 16

    4- Reduction of weekly meetings to allow more for family worship

    5- Regular Pioneers can attend more than once the pioneer school

    6- The new schools of Single brothers and Married couples which later got combined to school of evangelizer

    7- The greater use of Audio and Video in our ministry

    8- The new redesigned website. More languages are available online

    9- Special metropolitan ministry - allows to capture the people who may not want to talk with us at home

    10- The new Search Guide which is available in 160 languages compared to the WT Library which is only available in 40 languages.

    That’s all he mentioned. I think he missed some others:

    1- New tithing arrangement

    2- No Bible study when CO visits

    3- Scrapping of special assembly and splitting Circuit assemblies to 1 day and having it twice in a year

    4- Changing the name of the District Conventions to Regional Conventions

    5- Scrapping of DO and their responsibilities picked up by CO

    6- CO ultimate power in instating and deleting elders and MS

    7- Allowing tablets on platform

    Not sure if i missed any - feel free to add!

  • The Searcher
    The Searcher

    1) Cancelled the home Bible Study groups
    2) Started Family Worship Evening
    3) Initiated schools at HQ for single sisters, single brothers, & married couples
    4) Stopped applications for the Gilead Missionary School - it's now invitation only
    5) Produced greatly inferior quality paperback Bibles and songbooks - which quickly fell apart
    6) Introduced a Study Watchtower for "deeper" articles for Witnesses
    7) Reduced the pages in the public Watchtower and the Awake by 50%
    8) Introduced a website where literature, Assembly programs & videos can be downloaded by people, rather than giving printed material away
    9) In the July 2013 Study Watchtower, several MAJOR teachings which were the "truth" for many decades, were REVERSED!!!
    10) Set up a scheme whereby every congregation cancelled their KH private insurance, and paid the premium to the Org.
    11) Established the Kingdom Hall Trust - which effectively assigns ultimate control of the KH to the Org! (Google Menlo Park)
    12) World HQ gets sold off after nearly 100 years
    13) Numerous country Branches sold off and Bethelites made redundant
    14) Every District Overseer in the world to be made redundant in September 2014 - "many" will be used as Circuit Overseers
    15) New donation arrangement to be instituted this year, by getting Witnesses to pledge and pay a specific amount of cash every month.
    16) Only a privileged few thousand got invited to the Annual Meeting - in future, everyone will see it via videolink
    17) The sell-off and relocation of the Britain Branch
    18) The Worldwide Kingdom Hall Construction Team to replace the RBC in its present form
    19) The Revised edition of the New World Translation Bible
    20) WTBTS registers as an NGO and attends the conferences of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. (OSCE)

    21) All Circuit Overseers to retire at 70

    22) CoBE approaching/80 years old to retire.

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  • Laika

    What's with all these retirement ages? When did the Watchtower get so ageist? It's not like the whole GB is run by the young!

  • Da.Furious

    WTS/GB is run as a corporate. Managers should be young but it does not matter for the Board!

  • yadda yadda 2
    yadda yadda 2

    A brand new edition of the NWT.

  • L3G

    YY2, thanks for the addition. Does it strike anyone else that the CO would leave out the NWT revision? Doesn't that show how removed the guy's thinking is from the Bible??? It's all the organizational hype...that's what he emphasized. Of course, he was probably given some prepared talk or outline from HQ, so it's not just him. The kingpins in the Service Department think this way, with the Bible way in the background. "Oh, yeah, the NWT revision, that too."

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  • LostGeneration

    I think they really pooped their pants about 2014 about two years ago. They decided to change a bunch off stuff simply to look busy and keep the troops wondering what's next.

    These US internationals are a stroke of genius as well. JWs foaming at the mouth over it on social media.

  • Listener

    And they teach God is not a God of change.

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