These campaigns are like the "game" we play while on a long drive to keep the kids busy, entertained and prevent restlessness: "lets see who can be the quietest and who can count the most white cars while we drive!"
It just keeps them occupied.....
And as mentioned by others, Witnesses actually DO NOT WANT everyone who gets a tract to attend! It would be chaos, as the crowds would not fit!
AND, if "Jehovah's spirit " draws people, why do they need sister smith to hand out a flimsy leaflet?
If someone does go after being given a invitation. What will happen at the entrance.
WERE IS YOUR BADGE?
They always came to me to print the address labels for the invitations. Deep inside I'd always think: "Now I have to buy expensive ink cartridges to print these things that no one will actually follow up on"
"A huge part of western Canada is scheduled to attend Edmonton Alberta this July. So how does that go over giving out invitations in Winnipeg, about a 13 hour drive(that's just driving time)."
OH great! Guess I will schedule my summer vacation July 21st so I am not inundated with all the JW's coming from near and far. At least Roger's Place will get a good cleaning after the Bob Dylan concert 2 days before!
So Canada doesn't have local conventions closer?
Wow...that's just stupid....
For the last couple of years in Australia, they have stopped hiring out large venues (20,000 seat capacity) .
Instead, they use the local assembly halls in each capital city and run the program for weeks and weeks in a row....
Saves money perhaps?
They must make an even bigger boatload of money using their own assembly halls.
@LV101 Yet, there's always an astronomical "deficit" read out during the announcements.
I understand the concept of giving out Memorial invitations - the one "special" meeting of the year , local at the KH , useful maybe for route calls , ex studies etc. But I have never understood at all the idea of giving out convention invitations - even when I was still in , I thought it was a totally ludicrous idea. My congregation is over 3 hours away - indeed , we had even stopped putting a notice in the local newspaper announcing that JWs were attending a convention as a few of the witnesses had their houses burgled one year when away for the convention.
I worked in parking and we were told by the Society to allocate approx 50 parking places at the stadium ( which was really limited as it was - most of the parking was a good 20+ minutes walk away. ) Only about 10 cars showed up , and most of them were a bit dubious. One had 4 brothers with suits in who waved an invitation to us and claimed half jokingly they were "interested persons" - I just waved them through with a smile for their chutzpah! We were turning away JWs who were disabled , elderly etc who hadn't been allocated a stadium ticket by their elders ( which tended to be reserved for higher ups in the congregation ).
The convention content is very much aimed at "preaching to the converted" rather than encouraging new ones ( such as the Lot's wife video series , which would appall any non-JW. ) The very theme of the assembly (Don't Give Up ) makes that pretty clear.