I have a theory that I would like to bounce off some of you.
JW's are undoubtedly the most aggressive recruiting organization
in the world. They spend over 1 Billion hours per year going door
However, other religions that do not go door to door are actually
more successful in gaining recruits. For example, the Seventh
Day Adventists, whose doctrines are every bit as goofy as JW's,
and who started around the same time, number around 11 million.
Scientologists, who started only 40 years ago, number around
The door to door work is obviously no more effective than other,
more conventional media. Besides, most JW converts these days
come from inside the organization. I would say that 80-90% of
baptisms originate with reproduction, not with return visits.
Here's my theory: The prospect of forced door to door recruiting
actually scares away more potential converts than it gains.
What do you think?