I left in my original home cong. in 1996 was followed by my eldest son and one of my daughters both JW's. We were discussing the other day about it and what had happened to the congregation since then. Up to when I left I only recall 2 people being DF'd 1 DA and a couple of reproofs in the 25 years I was there. In the 8 years since we left there have been at least 6 DF'd 3 DA'd a few reproofs. Three elders have resigned, the attendance has dropped from an average 120-130 for a Sunday when I was there to 90-100 now. There have been numerous things occurring which I would never have thought would years ago. One elders son a MS, ran off to Las Vegas to marry a lap dancer. What made us laugh about that is that the elder was one of those who thought he was Gods gift to the congregation and his family were Oh so theocratic.
I also recently received a letter from a JW an ex-elder, at another cong., he resigned over the peadohile issue and has now stopped attending meetings. His mother is in my old congregation he say the last he heard was that the congreation was tearing itself apart. In what way he didn't say. Yet at one time my old cong was regarded as one of the strongest in the area.
Plus I know someone has been sending information about the WT to the elders and some publishers. Not me by the way.
Plus from other sources I have been told that a couple of JW brothers, one an elder, have been going into the local Christian bookshop, not together seprately, and having long talks with them in there. Also I have a Christian friend who works with a JW an MS who is in such conflict with himself over what he has learned about the WT he has had to take time off work because of stress.
My son and daughter often say that since we left the congregation has slowly crumbled. Whether we were the cause I don't know, but things have happend in the cong which I would never have thought of at one time.