This does not mean that The Family is disbanding.
True. They are not technically "disbanding", however (and you may call this semantics), what really is a "group". If it is just a subset of a culture or of a society, then, yes, TFI is still a "group". If, however, a group has membership requirements, then it is more like a "club". But what is a club without a structure (and leadership) and requirements? TFI's new requirements
are not much more than what it means to call one's self a Christian.
Anyway, I haven't read all of the "Reboot Series", but from what I have read so far, there is very little left of a "group". Note that they will (now) only tally membership numbers of either 16-year olds and up (with parental permission) or 18-year olds and up. They even give the numbers
: There are now less than 5,000 adults of all former membership levels (FD/MM/FM). I suspect that before the year is out, there will be far less than that. If this "reboot" was to expand their membership levels, I think they will find the reverse to be true. Then again, maybe they are going into semi-retirement and don't really need the growth. I am sure Zerby & Kelly have all of the money they need to go into a fashionable (and permanent) retirement.
Does anyone know if there is a precedent for a group to do this?
PS: As a side note, I thought it interesting that they will no longer be referring to themselves as "Mama"/"Queen Maria" and "King Peter". They are now just "Maria", "Peter" and "Dad"/"Grandpa" is now just "David".