I listened to the program.
Overall the new plan seems to be reasonable, what they never address is the actual motive.
My thoughts as I listened ....
They are spending a considerable amount of time preparing the audience by warning them about the scriptural reasons not to complain. They must have anticipated that it would be hard to sell.
(some of the background music in the videos seemed hypnotic)
They have become landlords and if they haven't completed the property takeover yet of all of the Kingdom Halls in the U.S. this helps achieve that goal.
Local congregations are just renters now. The property belongs to the Society and will be rented into perpetuity.
That they are no more than renters is evident by the fact that the Organization will make all decisions (other than perhaps some local decoration options) ... they will decide if a congregation needs a new hall or a remodel or nothing at all, they will decide the location and acquire property ... the elder's will be appeased by allowing them to make suggestions, but they will ultimately have no final say.
The congregation will have the blessing of providing for the material needs/cost of this LDC crew that will come and make preparations. Although, in my mind, if everybody is now renting until time indefinite, why are these expenses not just covered by the rental pool?
And, further emphasizing the fact that they are renters without actually stating it, they finish by telling about the great privilege each congregation will have with standardized preventative maintenance schedules and how the Organization will train each congregation how to properly maintain the property for the landlord.
Towards the beginning there was a comment made about how there were interested ones that lost interest once they visited the Kingdom Hall ... then towards the end it was commented that these new attractive Halls may attract interested ones ... and I'm wondering, if God is supposedly drawing somebody who has the right heart condition by means of His Spirit how does this make sense?