Meeting Attendance levels
In my congregation, meeting attendance is about 20-25% below the usual. Field ministry support is also down on what it used to be. Even when the CO visits, attendance at field ministry is markedly reduced. For example, hitherto the CO would have 60+ publishers at the first ministry meeting. This year there was a mere 22!
Re the reduced meeting and ministry support, the most significant observation is that the BoE is silent on the matter. No encouraging exhortations. No exemplary publishers interviewed on platform to show us the way. No local needs items highlighting the apathy!
is that the Bradding Rd site?
Back in the day on CO Saturday these people should be there
Elders, wives, children (5 elders, 5 wives, maybe 3 children)
MS, wives, children (3 MS, 3 wives, maybe 2 children)
Regular and Auxiliary pioneers (overlap with above but 10)
31 approx. and then the rank and file.......(buttkissers reaching out maybe)
I'm surprised; the CO used to chastise the BOE if attendance was small and their own families were not attending. So when the CO turns in the stats, does he in turn get chastised by the DO, and on up?
Remember the GB does not have to wait till the GT/Armageddon to get their reward, it supposedly comes the day they die before Armageddon.
I've only been to a couple of meetings in the last 5 years. There seem to be around 55 at the meetings from a similar number of publishers. From what I hear, the congregation peaked in the 1980s when there were around 80 at meetings. Meeting attendance, in the time I was there, has fluctuated between 40 to 60 for the past 20 years or more. In the early 2000s was probably the lowest when it was nearer 40. At that time there were 3 elders and a neighbouring congregation sent elders to take some of the meetings. Now there are 11 elders, I think, 1 ministerial servant, and 10 pioneers. So it improved slightly in numbers and a lot I terms of number of elders.
I have felt for some time that the org is letting individual congregations die a natural death so they can continue selling off halls.
By introducing cartwork, a website to direct people to and videos slowly, slowly replacing talks by local brothers I think they have sent the message that " kingdom workers" are not needed anymore and when people feel not needed except to be constantly berated over who they associate with and what they wear it's only natural that attendance would drop off thus creating a problem.
The answer to the "problem" is clear merge congregations and sell KHs which only adds to the problem by creating logistical issues for those attending a KH that is farther away causing more discouragement resulting in further shrinkage and drop-offs and so on and so forth it goes until ........ until.....endgame unknown at this point.
I LOVE the name of the "ailment" you were suffering: "CHRONIC APATHY"
I think that is catching amongst many witnesses! And there is no cure.......
locally ,ministry and going from home to home seems to be dying a natural death...motivation lacking. Rarely see any out these days...yet it used to be pushed so hard when I was in.
Apathy kills zeal and growth far more effectively than apostasy.
I like the idea Stuck: CHRONIC APATHY. The best species of this ailment is the one which is contagious and may it continue to spread worldwide in JW congregations. Chronic apathy is the result of the true believers having been so disappointed for so long that even they can see the Watchtower dream falling apart.
There is a feedback mechanism here, you simply leave the org and get a life of your own and this will increase the chronic apathy inside the org.
Will those still hanging on as if they are JWs please take note!