I looked at the 2017 yearbook figures this morning, and it reminded me of something which happened in my former congregation 2 years ago.
It was a tiny foreign language congregation with at most 25-30 publishers. C.O. Comes and splits a 30 member congregation into....THREE. These new groups were made of one family, with a few single people/couples.Reasons given were that the members were coming from afar, and that more people would be interested in joining if there's a group close to their area of residence.
I rather suspected that it was a plan for the C.O. to pompously announce (while shouting) in the following assembly that "the number of (...)speaking congregations have increased from ONE to THREE, all within a year."
The thrilled crowd would then applaud the 'blessing from Jehovah', thinking that the split happened because the congregations overflowed with publishers.