Not based on any major reliable information, just spiritual gossip among some very spiritually weak friends.
Since the WT has made monumental changes in personnel, including Bethel and COs; some are speculating that eventually there will be a cutback in the number of Elders in a congregation and a return to the 1930-1970 Servant’s model.
I can see some good reasons for this:
Poor quality among the Elders, maybe one or two are really carrying the entire load.
The merging of the congregations will create a glut of Elders strange to each other, the more that they have the more conflicts in the making.
The duties of the Elders have been decreasing and most of the decisions are made upstairs.
The pre 1970 arrangement worked really well and it will take the WT less than 1-3 to find a Biblical basis to bring it back.
Friends, just some Saturday morning thoughts.
Thanks for reading.