JWs have one of the worst, if not the worst, retention rates among their kids. I've seen numbers from 65% to 88% who leave, never to return.
You'd think this would be a priority amongst the leadership, right? Where do tomorrow's leaders come from, if the vast majority of kids leave the organization?
The average age of elders in the USA is 65. There are more than twice as many elders as ministerial servants in the USA (both statistics provided by a CO). So when the current crop of elders dies off, who will replace them?
You'd think there'd be some sort of strategy to turn around the atrocious retention rate, right?
This week's CLAM shows a video of a talented young musician who gives up his dreams in order to pioneer.
It shows him smiling, as a pioneer, near a literature cart. It also shows him knocking on a door...and no one answers!
Yes, it is true.
The WTS hopes to improve its atrocious retention rate for kids by encouraging them to:
-- Give up the primary thing which makes them happy....
...in order to knock on the doors of houses where, time after time, no
one is even home, because they are out doing something interesting
-- ...and in order to stand slack-jawed beside a flimsy cart with dog-eared publications that are already "old light", passed by and ignored by other people out doing something interesting
Yeah, that's the best they can come up with.