A recent letter to the Body of Elders:
Beginning September 1, there will be a change to the way attendance is recorded at congregation meetings.
Currently, attendance is counted at 4 of the 5 meeting (Public Talk, WT Study, Congregation "Bible" Study, and Service Meeting).
But after Sept. 1, meeting attendance will only be taken at 2 of the meetings - during the "first quarter" of the WT study, and also at the Congregation Bible Study.
No reason in given for the change in the letter, and I can't figure out why myself.
The numbers are not published anywhere - the only "official" record is a 6 month average the Circuit Overseer puts together during his visit.
Why request less information from the congregations, especially when it "costs" nothing to accumulate it in the first place? It just doesn't make sense.