The Theocratic Ministry School, which started in 1943, has to be the most boring and dullest meeting of the 5 weekly meetings that witnesses have to attend. This is also probably the least attended meeting, with the book study group coming in a close second.
Having sat through possibly a thousand of these monotnous meetings, I wonder how anyone can possibly be excited about joinging the TMS.
There has been little change in format, except for a revised school book and a speech quality talk lasting 5 minutes.
This is what I don't get - they go to such enormous lengths to get brothers to dress neatly and speak fluently - for sisters to use the reasoning book and their notes - for elders to tell us how to speak and what to speak - yet Jesus' disciples were "unlettered and ordinary."
In the course of 1 day, Jesus' "unlettered and ordinary disciples" helped to baptized more than 3,000 people. Did they need to know about pitch, power and pace?
Did they have to think about "Gestures and Facial Expressions", "Scriptures Effectively Introduced" and "Extemporaneous Delivery"?
So after the Theocratic Ministry School you are now ready for the Service Meeting.
This is a cleverly disguised sales meeting. The first thing you hear are the Announcements (TM) Then you usually get two witnesses to stand at the front of the platform and do their demonstration "What to Say about the Magazines."
Don't forget the [allow for response] but please remember not to respond to their [allow for response]
Notice that the "voluntary donation arrangement", the arrangement most least understood and least practiced, is not to be found in the "What To Say About The Magazines" topic.
Then you get two 15 minute talks on why the Witnesses are being persecuted, or "Are you attending all the meetings?" and then close with prayer.
Repeat 52 weeks of the year and then you can sell mags and influence people.
Next time a dub comes to your door - ask him if the time and magazines he is giving to you will be counted as part of his monthly quota - watch his expression.