New Upcoming Changes - No More Publisher Record Cards & Reporting Hours

by thedepressedsoul 108 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • john.prestor

    They might get rid of reporting hours on paper, but they won't get rid of preaching, and I'm with the other posters here who assume they'll introduce electronic reporting instead. Preaching defines 'spirituality (effort) for Jehovah's Witnesses, you can't eliminate it without pulling the rug out from under pioneers, Elders, etc. who enjoy status for making that extra effort. Preaching also gets you places in the organization, I think you need to pioneer for two years straight to attend the School for Kingdom Evangelizers, for instance.

    Reporting preaching hours on paper might go. Preaching won't.

  • Brokeback Watchtower
    Brokeback Watchtower

    If true I think data protection laws might be a factor as well as the preaching hours and bible studies are way down so they don't want a report anymore because it looks so bad on paper.

    It also could be they are getting ready to make some big changes as those running the Watchtower corporation want stop trying to set dates and get out of the predicting the end of the world business because they suck so bad at it.

  • dropoffyourkeylee

    Historically they used the field service records to support the claim that a JW was a minister and was exempt from the draft. I think this reason still exists, though is less of an issue (at least in the US), so I remain skeptical that the hours reporting would cease.

  • Spiral

    I don't think they would eliminate reporting of field service as we know it (which we all, including them, know is pretty worthless) unless there was a real reason to do so, such as some sort of legal issue. (Wait -- they have many legal issues....) If they have to eliminate it as we know it, I'm sure they'll spin something in its place to keep everyone in line.

    Having everyone report online should be pretty easy to launch for them at this point. It might be useful to change the reporting parameters as well, that could cover the shrinking numbers without being too obvious and appear to be an adjustment that accommodates the cart work. (I personally don't trust their numbers, it could be the bOrg is much smaller now than we all know.) It also might make the consolidation of congregations easier, and they might think fading in that situation would be a little harder for people to do.

    On the other hand - those of us who have moved around in the last few years might be harder to trace, and can disappear entirely, not a bad thing.

    Sadly, I know more than one pioneer sister who would lose their only real status in the congregation if that title was eliminated.

    I know if this happens they'll spin this as an urgent adjustment for the time of the end. (Bahhh!) There is so little real change in the bOrg that any change is exciting to the R&F.

  • mikeflood

    I remember hearing something like this one time "when the preaching is done, the door is gonna close, etc".

    Could it be something like that?

  • RubaDub

    I understand there will be a change in the song "From House to House" to "From Cart to Cart".

    Rub a Dub

  • AlwaysBusy

    Excuse me, please, if this has been touched upon, because I have not read every comment. I tend to believe that this is true for the fact that everything WT related points to the coming of the Great Tribulation and now! Publishers' cards are the way to track members of the JWs including Elders, COs and all those taking the lead. Once tracked to their congregations, finding the elders and others would be quite simple. Just an idea.

  • Finkelstein

    I'm with others here in believing they will somehow set up some software that people can log in how much time they spend out in service and placements.

    Since Jah in on-line himself now he can look in and see how much time each individual is preaching or distributing his spirit guided and directed literature.

  • Vanderhoven7

    My guess is that individusl reporting will continue as a tool of control and judgement of spirituality at the local level ...but that the WTS will stop publishing the annual overall results because of embarrassingly diminishing stats.

  • minimus

    The less paper trail the safer they are.

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