I was a regular pioneer for over two years and a "regular auxiliary" (as they were then called) for nearly ten years. I still am one of Jehovah's Witnesses though I have many hang-ups about the organization's theology and what I observe in the congregations. But for now here are my observations about field service:
* As someone previously said I had to work alone the majority of the time. I am naturally shy and sometimes get a bit stuck for words. I hated that part and came away most discouraged on many occasions.
* As a pioneer I needed partners for the ministry. I found that after an hour (AT MOST!) the brothers from the group had all scarpered leaving me on my own. No consideration at all shown here.
* The whole thing was terribly disorganised. Not enough territory etc. I found myself looking all over the territory for the brother looking after the maps for more territory.
* THIS IS THE IMPORTANT BIT!! I came to realise that if the people in the territory were going to be judged on account of their response to the field ministry of Jehovah's Witnesses then I was shocked by the quality of the ministry in my local congreagtion. How could anyone be judged unworthy of life by our righteous God on account of their response to a 30-second presentation of the Awake magazine!! This was no quality ministry. It didn't match that of Jesus Christ either in content or quality. Most people didn't know anything about 'Jehovah's Prophetlike Organization' much less about the Issue of Universal Sovereignty and God's Kingdom which is what I thought the ministry was about. How could they be judged because they didn't listen to JW's when we presented our two magazines or a tract?
I could write a bit more about this matter, but I will say this. I feel that a Christian must be a minister of some sort but not the JW way.