The true believers will do whatever they feel they must. If that means driving 40 minutes or more to a meeting, then they will do it. This is especially true for believing Elders. They will do it because the believing CO will “lovingly remind” them that their lives and the lives of the sheep depend on it.
Never underestimate the power of guilt.
So what if over 50-75% of Dubs leave from all over the world? The leaders will have a smaller, more manageable and obedient flock to control and with less buildings to manage, plus the ability to use the internet, the WT can just morph again and again.
8 million followers without tithing or some other official and reliable form of gathering funds, ( I highly doubt Dubs are contributing enough. Very few ever did, even when it was common practice to donate what you thought a book was worth..) is worse than 3-4 million true believers willing to tithe, or perhaps give more.
Thats a sensible plan. Lose the dead weight, sell off assets, consolidate and survive. This is assuming the WTBTS isn’t wiped out by Sexual Abuse lawsuits.
6-8 new GB members can still live out their lives in tax free luxury with all the food and healthcare they need just as easily with a smaller flock. They just need to stop talking about expansion and start preaching about “Jehovah” cleaning up the Organization again... The Dubs won’t question Nu-light.
Look at what happened when Boozerford took over. The strongest ( independent thinkers to some degree ) all left and the more compliant and faithful remained. It could very well happen again and as long as tax free Real Estate and free labor abound, the cult can survive.