It is evident that publishers are growing in the US branch, but pioneers have not kept pace.
Consider the KM reports from January this year:
2002/03 service year (Pubs include all pioneers)
Sep - Pubs: 971,346 Pioneers: 88,341
Oct - Pubs: 972,450 Pioneers: 91,101
Nov - Pubs: 973,067 Pioneers: 89,083
Dec - Pubs: 895,241 Pioneers: 90,654
Jan - Pubs: 986,419 Pioneers: 89,325
Feb - Pubs: 983,963 Pioneers: 89,251
Mar - Pubs: 1,003,431 Pioneers: 87,878
Apr - Pubs: 991,499 Pioneers: 87,377
May - Pubs: 992,412 Pioneers: 86,884
Jun - Pubs: 963,000 Pioneers: 84,900
figures for Jun are approximates as I only glanced at the Sep KM and do not have it yet.
But there is a clear indication that despite all the talks to do more and pioneer, and the Aug KM talk on
'the blessings of the pioneer ministry' there is no increase in pioneer publishers for 2003.
What about the number of reg pioneers for the 2001/02 service year?
2001 Sep: 88,765
2002 Jan: 89,007
from these figures, it seems, that pioneer is just not on peoples minds.