IS FIELD SERVICE IS VOLUNTARY AND DO PUBLISHERS REPRESENT THE WATCHTOWER SOCIETY?

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You are first interviewed: Organized to do Jehovah’s Will book p.79

“The presiding overseer will arrange to have two elders (one being a member of the congregation service committee) discuss the matter with you and the bible student.”

You must qualify: Organized to do Jehovah’s Will book page 81

“Once the elders determine that the bible student qualifies to engage in the field ministry, he is eligible to receive his own copy of Organized to do Jehovah’s will book”

The Watchtower Society has minimum requirements to meet: Organized to do Jehovah’s Will book page 87

“Auxiliary, regular, and special pioneers as well as missionaries have hour requirements to meet. Congregation publishers are likewise encouraged to put the Kingdom interest first and exert themselves in the ministry to accomplish all that they can in the field according to their circumstances”

The Society has rules to cater for exceptions: Organized to do Jehovah’s Will book page 87

“Time spent in the field service should be reported in full hours. An exception to this is made when a publisher is very limited because of advanced age, is shut in , is confined to a nursing home, or is otherwise incapacitated. Such a publisher may report field service in 15-minute increments rather than in the full hours. Even if he gives a witness for just 15 minutes during a month, He should report this time so that he can continue to be counted as a regular Kingdom Publisher”

The Watchtower’s elders uphold the rules: Organized to do Jehovah’s Will Book page 87

“This provision is made, however, only for those who are very limited in their activity. The congregation service committee will determine whether a publisher qualifies for this arrangement. “

The Society trains you: Kingdom Ministry 3/04 p. 4 par. 3 A Cavalry Charge That Involves You

By means of the Theocratic Ministry School and other congregation meetings, God’s ministers have been trained to speak God’s message with authority.

And equips you: Kingdom Ministry 3/04 p. 4 par. 6 A Cavalry Charge That Involves You

Trained, well equipped to deliver God’s message, and working under angelic direction, Jehovah’s people are an irresistible force. Let us continue to play our part in the fulfillment of this thrilling prophetic vision.

And organises you: Kingdom Ministry 7/12 p. 5 par. 4 Before Preaching, You May Need to Search

the body of elders, particularly the service overseer, should organize and oversee the search work

And tells you what to wear: Kingdom Ministry 3/96 p. 3 par. 6 Preparation—Key to Success

In addition to preparing and practicing your presentation, you should also ask yourself, ‘Is the clothing that I plan to wear suitable for the ministry?’

Then you must report back to the organization: Organized to do Jehovah’s Will book page 86

“It is important to submit an accurate report of Hours in field Service.”

BUT you are not representatives: Kingdom Ministry 2/89 pp. 3-4 Our Identification as Jehovah’s Witnesses

Therefore, publishers do well to avoid representing themselves as agents or representatives of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc., or any other corporation used by “the faithful and discreet slave” to advance Kingdom interests.—Matt. 24:45-47… If any publishers use a personal name card in connection with their field service activities, they should not print thereon that they are representatives of the Watchtower Society.

You are not affiliated with the Watchtower Society: Kingdom Ministry 4/09 p. 4 Question Box

Congregations or individuals should not use logos or names of the organization’s legal entities, or variations thereof, on their Kingdom Halls, signs, letterhead, personal objects, and so forth. Such use of the organization’s logos may cause confusion for public officials, publishers, and others about the legal affiliation of the congregation with the organization’s legal entities.

Only the paid ministers are representatives: 1970 Yearbook of Jehovah’s Witnesses p. 315 1969—A Year of Praise

The WTB&TS gives financial assistance to the circuit and district servants, special pioneers and missionaries around the world. We very much appreciate the assistance that the congregation publishers gave the traveling representatives of the Society by entertaining them in their homes wherever possible.

You are on your own and are personally liable: Body of Elders letter dated July 15 2014 Para. 4

Any application to use a mobile cart or to set up a table or kiosk to display literature must be filled out in the name of an individual publisher, not in the name of the congregation, any corporation used by the organization, or “Jehovah’s Witnesses.” If a small administrative fee is needed in order to acquire space in a public area, it is to be paid by the individual publisher, not the congregation. Publishers should carefully review any such applications to see what responsibility they are taking upon themselves with respect to liability. Publishers who apply to distribute literature at these areas are doing so on their own initiative as part of their personal ministry.

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