Kingdom Hall Sell-Offs - 2 Defunct Phrases Now

by The Searcher 7 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • The Searcher
    The Searcher

    1) When a newly built K.H. is dedicated, the sheep are told that the building "will be a great witness for Jehovah."

    The opposite must now be true - when they get rid of it to accumulate cash, they must now be "un-witnessing for Jehovah."

    2) Elders (and others) used to thank God in their prayers for "being able to meet in the only place for true worship in their territory." (their local K.H.)

    Not any more for a great crowd of them - thanks to the org's master plan of "consolidation & merging."

    That particular money-making chariot is going to pick up speed in 2017. Coming to a K.H. near you.

  • darkspilver
    darkspilver

    Hey The Searcher!

    1) When a newly built K.H. is dedicated, the sheep are told that the building "will be a great witness for Jehovah."

    See Watchtower 1 November 2004, pages 19 to 23

    "Do You Know the Happiness That Comes From Giving?"
    Subheading: Kingdom Halls Promote Growth on page 21

    Link to scan

  • stan livedeath
    stan livedeath

    hows this for a business plan:

    the local dubs have their own--very nice hall. built with slave voluntary labour--and paid for by their own contributions.--and a mortgage to the society.

    but now--the watchtower orders it to be sold--and the money sent to the society.

    the local congregation then continue to contribute the same amount as they did before--in perpetuity.

    however--the hall is then sold to an investor---who promptly leases it back to the congregation---who now have to pay rent as well !

    so--everyone is happy. just that the local dubs are too thick to realise they have been shafted.

  • scratchme1010
    scratchme1010

    The opposite must now be true - when they get rid of it to accumulate cash, they must now be "un-witnessing for Jehovah."

    LOL!

  • WTWizard
    WTWizard

    They can close them all down, for all I care. What really disimpressed me is when it took several months to prep the site for the three-day quick build of the exterior, and another month to prep the interior. Some witness to joke-hova. And they use lousy quality materials (cheap-out), and probably sloppy assembly. Thus, the buildings are probably not worth much. Plus, with all the theocraptic arrangements, no one knows how to do it. If they know how to do it right, they will be told to do it wrong by someone that has more field circus qualification but cannot build a simple lean-to.

    Hopefully, they get very little for them. And I hope congregations merge so people have to travel more than 200 km each way to regular boasting sessions or to meet for field circus. More gas and money wasted, more trouble locating the building, lower attendance. And, the lower the attendances get, the less chance for organizing anything really big (think: Israel).

  • robertciranko
    robertciranko

    I have no idea how they want to sell the former Kingdom Halls... Here in Poland it's quite big problem, especially since some of the selected fos sale KH are located in an extremely weak locations. It makes no sense to buy them even with the aim of turning them into greengrocer...

    Of course there is a possibility that they want to sell them for very little money, taking into account the fact that the cost of construction was ridiculously low, and in the meantime, the building was maintained at no cost to the Society.

  • Vidiot
    Vidiot

    A very Merry Un-witness to you!


  • dogon
    dogon

    Is there any numbers on new builds vs selling of old halls? I have heard anecdotal things about sell offs but nothing concrete.

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