I overheard my wife listening to '2023 Governing Body Update #2, presented by Kenneth Cook Jnr. A few points I got from it.
New hour requirements
Quote "with the new hour requirements for pioneers, many us us can share in the pioneer work." Let's read between the lines on that. Many of us can but some can't; I wonder how many of the GB have signed up? Surely if they had all done so it would have been stated - they love blowing their own trumpets.
New GB Members Interview
Many years ago when I was in the 'faithful and discreet slave' class was the remaining ones, men and women, of the heavenly class, who by their Christian works and ministry, imitated Christ's example. All pretty low key.
Now they are all a set of media stars.
Cook's introduction; "we'd like to spend a few minutes together, so you can get to know them".
So, it turns out that they are both 'born ins', life time Bethelites - unlike the outgoing Anthony Morris who had at least seen something of the world and the horrors of wars.
Winder was baptised in 1986.
Fleegle didn't mention his baptism date but did state both of his parents were living examples of faith.
The interview asked a number of standard questions, what motivated you, what departments have you served in, etc?
The questions I would have asked
So, brothers when did you start partaking of the Lord's Evening Meal and what prompted you to?
Given the millions of Christians who have lived before us, many of whom died as martyrs, why do you think Jesus called you? (Actually, there was next to no mention of Christ Jesus, I think even the GB forget that it was Jesus who made the promise of ruling as Kings not Jehovah.)
Brother Cooke said "you were appointed to serve on the GB". Who exactly does the appointing? Is it Jehovah, in which case did you just walk into a GB meeting day one day and say "I am here, I have been appointed by Jehovah"? Or was it the GB itself who at the time included the now banished Anthony Morris?