Are JW's heading for the exit? After lurking on this site for a year or so I have noticed a number of new poster's including me. But does this indicate a massive departure for the exit? I do not believe so, let me explain.
In the congregation I attended (until last July), over a 20+ year period very few left the ORG, also during that time very few new converts (in fact I can only think of one family). There were of course deaths, families moving out of the area and new ones moving in, families having children and those children being baptized (often at a very young age).
I think JW's in general have invested so much of their life to the ORG that they either have no where else to go or it has become a habit.
An interesting word Habit, one definition is "something that you do often and regularly", clearly something that applies to most JW's. So how easy is it to break this habit?
- Remove the “H” and you still have “ABIT” left.
- Remove the “A” there is still a “BIT” left.
- Remove the “B” and “IT” is still there.
- Remove the “I” and the “T” is left.
- Only by removing the "T" can you be free of the HABIT.
Another explanation for Habitual behavior is:
"Habitual behaviour is a form of automatic and routine behaviour. It is behaviour that people repeat, because this behaviour is easy, comfortable or rewarding. Habitual behaviour is demonstrated by the fact that it is often started by a cue or a change in the situation. It is efficient to do something by habit, and not to constantly reason with oneself about what is the best thing to do. The intrinsic advantages of the behaviour outweigh the possible disadvantages. ‘Intrinsic' because, in the case of habitual behaviour, there is no constant weighing of pros and cons".
So I believe, based on the foregoing, that there will be no mass exodus from the ORG of people in general because it is easier to be habitual rather than alternative. For many they have no where else to go, and then of course there is the old chestnut, "....even if the truth is wrong it is still the best way of life"