Memorial Attendance ???

by Phizzy 22 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • Phizzy

    Hi all, anybody any anecdotal or actual idea of how attendance numbers went this year ?

    There are hints that it is well down, but is it ? and if it is, will the Borg stop crowing about the attendance as they always have ?

  • neat blue dog
    neat blue dog

    They said last year was a little over 20 million at my memorial talk.

    I remember when more people than usual came back in 2014 because of the "100th anniversary of the Kingdom" and the fear that it meant something. The number counters at HQ erroneously thought this was a trajectory that could be counted on and projected that 2015 would top 20 million, even writing an article about it. But that year the attendance actually dropped for the first time since I don't know when, if ever.[search_id]=58ad8374-bb1a-49f8-87bf-1c0c001c6956&insight[search_result_index]=2

    You'd think they would've deleted this article by now, just like they deleted the one about the Telly Awards and the Jared Kushner video, but I guess somebody forgot.

  • The Fall Guy
    The Fall Guy

    Phizzy - I'll be optimistic and suggest that a decline in "interested ones" at the ritual is ultimately inevitable - especially thanks to the org's "own goal" of shutting down so many local KH's.

    It's bad for the publishers, but less & less non-JW's will be inclined to travel longer distances to reach a non-event.

    NBD - 2014 memorial? Just wait and see what the cult starts suggesting after the next 14 memorials - 2033 could be a significant memorial!!!!

  • neat blue dog
    neat blue dog

    Agreed, that's the next one to look for 👍

  • truthlover123

    Our cong was down by 23

  • truthlover123

    and only two from the neighbourhood attended - rest were pubs

  • slimboyfat

    Ot was the lowest I’ve seen, about 80 or so. But they add phone links to attendance these days. I don’t know when they started doing that.

  • freddo

    Well anecdotally I can give you four results from the UK.

    My hall:

    Cong 1 - This year 74, last year 101

    Cong 2 - This year 98, last year 102

    Cong 3 - This year 111, last year 121 (used a rented hall)

    Another hall that an attendee told me about:

    This year 117 last year 124.

    So every hall was down and Cong 1 from my hall was a real outlier with a significant drop and no increase (in the other congs using the same hall) to compensate!

  • FedUpJW

    For the fourth year in a row attendance was down where I went. Average drop per year has been 10. That is a forty person drop. Nothing there to brag about.

  • stillin

    Maybe it's time for Jehovah to kill everybody.

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