Ozziepost, I always wonder what it means to reactive someone? Is the goal meeting attendance or really just 1 hour a month in the propaganda work? After all, one is not counted as inactive for not attending meetings but for not turning in any time for 6 months. Could a person miss all the meetings and still turn time in and be counted as active? What about people in nursing homes, rehab houses, hospitals or prisons who never attend meetings. Can they turn time in?
How do the elders keep them active? Assign a publisher to study with them and go with them in the propaganda work for a year maximum?
Then what prevents the same old reason that led to "inactivity" to crop up again. Have the elders and the others in the congregation reached out a hand in friendship or has the person been marked as "weak" spiritually and dangerous to associate with.
I know a sister who signed up to auxiliary pioneer after 2 years of not turning in time. She made her hours (50) but did not turn in any time for the next 5 months turned in 1 a month. She was not inactive and averaged almost just over 9 hours a month. Is this the kind of publisher they want to reactivate?
I know 2 sisters that auxiliary pioneer the 2months the CO comes and then average 2 hours a month for the other 10 months. That's 120 hours, a yearly average of 10 hours monthly. Looks good on paper, put is it productive proganda work?
How "encouraging" is it to have the elders and the other publishers ignore you for 11 months out of the year and then just before the memorial, a sudden rush to call on you (unannounced usually). Does this show individual and specific concern and love? Especially from men who have no time for you at the meeting even if YOU make the effort to seek them out. Too many administrative things, or "Here comes that brother/sister who whines all the time."
The WTS has many good words but no actions to back them up.
James 4 (NLT) 17 Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.