By The Librarian
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w-E * The Watchtower
The Watchtower Announcing Jehovah's Kingdom / Simplified Study Edition (monthly, July 15, 2010) In PDF and EPUB. g * Awake!
km * Our Kingdom Ministry
yb-10E * Yearbook
es-10E * Examining the Scriptures Daily
ca10 * Calendar
jr * God’s Word for Us Through Jeremiah
lc * Was Life Created?
lf * The Origin of Life - Five Questions Worth Asking
ph * The Pathway to Peace and Happiness
rk * Real Faith - Your Key to a Happy Life
ks-10E * 'Shepherd the Flock of God' (Revised version)
Hospital Liaison Committee Network (HLC) for Jehovah's Witnesses - UK Version
Theocratic Ministry School Schedule
Guidelines for Traveling Overseers (tga-S)
Working Together Safely—Safety Rules and Standards for Volunteer Projects, for Regional Building Committee volunteers
Memorandum for Regional Building Committees, for Regional Building Committee members
Charitable Planning to Benefit Kingdom Service Worldwide
Public Talk #177 - Where Can You Get Help In Times of Distress?
By Jack Ryan
Here some points I noted not sure if these r different from the previous edition:
medical marijuana is a personal choice
Any allegations of child sexual abuse r to b given to the legal department to tell the elders how to proceed.
Also specific instructions to not make abused persons face their accuser
The elders should all b made aware of any sexual predators and if they move the new congregation elders should b made aware including parents of children in the congregation. This is only done if the legal department says to.
Victims of abuse or their parents r to b advised that they can go to the police and r not to b discouraged from doing so.
Masturbation is not pornia and is not really covered. Not sure if this is new and the org is backing away from discussing it.
Probing sexual questions r to b avoided during a judicial committee
Sexual offenders r not to receive any major privileges in the congregation, possibly minor ones such as handling mics after an extended time has passed.
The elders r to clearly tell people that they r being invited to a judicial committee and what the meeting is about up front.
Things they r still clinging to:
Still sticking to the two witnesses rule for child abuse
it says that attempted suicide victims may b subject to a judicial committee ( someone that has mental illness should not b subject to more trauma I find this to b so disgusting)
Of course all the other ridiculous invasive restrictions we all have experienced
Highlights from the book above (2019 links added)
The three year rule is re-iterated without specific mention of "three"
An elder or MS will be removed if he allows his adult DA'd child to move into family home
An elder can be removed for filing for bankruptcy
The language around the definition of rape is better - no more references to the woman having to scream
The stayover rule is still there. If you stay in the house of a member of the opposite sex, and two people know about it, it's a judicial matter.
"Abhorrent" forms of porn are now a DF offense. Gay, Lez, child, violent, bestial.
Gluttony is now listed as a DF offense. Not sure if it was there before
They have narrowed the definition of apostasy: " Deliberately Spreading Teachings Contrary to Bible Truth " the end of that sentence used to read "as taught by Jehovah's Witnesses"
I think this the first time they explicitly stated that marking talks can be given based on misconduct from unbaptized minors
There's a whole new section on CSA. It seems like an improvement overall and includes the child no longer having to confront her rapist in most cases, but it still doesn't have the promised female representation from Jackson's promise to the Australian court.
Willingly taking blood remains an automatic disassociation offence.
Reinstatement is "several months, a year or even longer"
Ownership of kingdom halls. They make clear that regardless of what it says on the title, a congregation does not OWN their own kingdom hall.
jw.org email - all correspondance between elders is now via the elders private account on jw.org. I guess they want to make sure they know EVERYTHING
Congregation file: Still they say the best place to keep it is at the KH. Therefore, paper records of all judicial matters should be in those files. ALL CSA RECORDS HAVE "DO NOT DESTROY" WRITTEN ON THEM
Here's the entire section on legal action as a result of judicial action. I think it's worth noting that it demonstrates that they will leave you alone if you write a legal letter:
IF THE ACCUSED THREATENS LEGAL ACTION 18. If the accused threatens legal action against the elders, the elders should suspend proceedings and promptly telephone the Legal Department. 19. If a member ofthe media or an attorney representing the accused contacts the elders, they should not give any information about PREPARING FOR JUDICIAL HEARINGS CHAPTER 15 “SHEPHERD THE FLOCK OF GOD” the case or verify that there is a judicial committee. Rather, they should give the following explanation: “The spiritual and physical welfare of Jehovah’s Witnesses is of paramount concern to the elders, who willingly provide spiritual assistance to congregation members. The elders extend this spiritual assistance confidentially. This makes it easier for those who seek the elders’ help to do so without worrying that what they say to the elders will be divulged later. Consequently, we do not comment on whether elders are currently or have formerly met to assist any member of the congregation.” If there is a need to do so, the elders may obtain the inquirer’s name and phone number and inform him that their attorney will contact him. The elders should then promptly telephone the Legal Department. 20. Ifthe authorities request confidential congregation records or ask that elders give testimony regarding confidential congregation matters, the elders should promptly telephone the Legal Department.
This seems like a big change below as it codifies what we have all been hearing about ownership of KH's:
OWNERSHIP 2. A Kingdom Hall is dedicated to the worship of Jehovah. Whether the property title, or deed, is held in the name of a local corporation or by means of a trustee arrangement or it is held in the name of a legal entity managed by the branch office, no congregation should conclude that it “owns” the Kingdom Hall. However, it is the responsibility of the congregations using the property to care for it and see that it is used in harmony with Kingdom interests. 3. As many as three or four congregations may be assigned by the branch office to use the same Kingdom Hall auditorium in order to make full use of the facility and to keep expenses to a minimum. The branch office will generally correspond with only one of the congregations using the facility regarding legal, property, and related matters. Usually, this contact congregation holds the documents related to the Kingdom Hall and the property on which it is located. This is for practical reasons only and does not provide a basis for the contact congregation to make unilateral
By Jack Ryan
Here you will find the Letters to all Bodies of Elders and Letters to All Congregations for the year 2010. As more letters are discovered, they will be added to this list. Where letters refer to other letters, you will find these references included below the appropriate letter. This audit trail is included so that individuals can easily track the changes in Jehovah’s Witnesses policies and procedures.
Note 1: Letters in bold are currently active and used by elders and/or congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Note 2: Where links are not provided for some of the referenced letters and forms, it means that they are not currently available. Bodies of Elders Letters 2010
December 30, 2010 Revised accounting instructions and transferring funds to the branch office (Bi) December 30, 2010 Revised accounting instructions (Ca) December 30, 2010 Revised accounting instructions (Us) December 29, 2010 Accounts on the jw.org website for all appointed elders (Bi) December 29, 2010 Accounts on the jw.org Web site for all appointed elders (Us) December 28, 2010 Transferring funds to the branch office (Bi) December 28, 2010 Matching jw.org users to branch-office records (Us) December 27, 2010 Simplified English edition of The Watchtower (Bi) December 26, 2010 Increased activity during April 2011 (Bi) December 20, 2010 Use of jw.org Transfer Funds feature for remittances to the branch (Ca) December 19, 2010 Sign-language documents on the jw.org Web site (Us) December 18, 2010 2011 assistance arrangements (Us) December 17, 2010 Child custody packet (Us) December 16, 2010 Updated jw.org website documentation (Bi) December 16, 2010 Corrections in Spanish edition of Shepherding textbook (Ca) December 16, 2010 Corrections in Spanish edition of Shepherding textbook (Us) December 15, 2010 New documents to assist with literature and magazine distribution (Us) December 14, 2010 District convention arrangements (Bi) December 14, 2010 District convention arrangements (Us) December 14, 2010 Advance Directive Card (Es) December 9, 2010 2011 district convention Service Meeting part (Bi) December 9, 2010 2011 district convention Service Meeting part (Us) December 8, 2010 2011 Bethel visitors information (Us) December 7, 2010 Supplementary information on correspondence and congregation records (Bi) December 7, 2010 Working Together Safely – Safety Rules and Standards for Volunteer Projects S-109 (Ca) December 6, 2010 Correspondence from branch office and congregation file (Bi) December 6, 2010 Correspondence from branch office and congregation file (Us) December 4, 2010 2011 district convention handbills (Bi) December 4, 2010 2011 district convention handbills (Us) December 1, 2010 GST/HST (harmonized sales tax) rebates (Ca) November 20, 2010 Return address when witnessing by mail (Us) November 19, 2010 Listing of elders and ministerial servants on the jw.org Web site (Us) November 18, 2010 Charitable Planning brochure (Us) November 17, 2010 Letters of introduction (Au) November 17, 2010 Letters of introduction (Bi) November 17, 2010 Letters of introduction (Ca) November 17, 2010 Letters of introduction (Gh) November 17, 2010 Letters of introduction (Us) November 16, 2010 Bible School for Christian Couples (Us) November 7, 2010 Letter to All Regular Pioneers (Us) November 6, 2010 Assisting Pioneers (Us) November 1, 2010 Local assistance for users of the jw.org Web site (Us) October 20, 2010 Shepherding textbook (Bi) October 15, 2010 Recommending local elders as district convention speakers (Bi) October 12, 2010 Wedding procedures and Scriptural freedom to remarry (Bi) October 12, 2010 Wedding procedures and Scriptural freedom to remarry (Ca) October 12, 2010 Wedding procedures and Scriptural freedom to remarry (Gh) October 12, 2010 Wedding procedures and Scriptural freedom to remarry (Us) October 7, 2010 Spiral binding of Shepherding textbook (Bi) October 7, 2010 Spiral binding of Shepherding textbook (Ca) October 7, 2010 Spiral binding of Shepherding textbook (Gh) October 7, 2010 Spiral binding of Shepherding textbook (Us) October 5, 2010 Searching for congregation meeting locations and times (Bi) October 5, 2010 Searching for congregation meeting locations and times (Ca) September 21, 2010 Special talk outline No. 76 (Bi) September 20, 2010 Watchtower Library – 2010 (Us) September 17, 2010 Examining the Scriptures Daily (Us) September 7, 2010 Travelling Overseer Assistance Arrangement (Bi) September 6, 2010 Account management enhancements to the jw.org website (Bi) September 6, 2010 Account management enhancements to the jw.org website (Ca) September 6, 2010 Account management enhancements to the jw.org website (Gh) September 6, 2010 Account management enhancements to the jw.org website (Us) August 23, 2010 Kingdom Ministry School (Bi) August 23, 2010 Kingdom Ministry School (Us) August 20, 2010 Inspections under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (Bi) August 16, 2010 Activation of jw.org Web site Transfer Funds feature (Ca) August 9, 2010 Prison witnessing (Bi) August 9, 2010 Prison witnessing (Us) August 8, 2010 Literature and magazine reminders and adjustments (Us) August 6, 2010 Verifying information on elders and ministerial servants (Bi) August 4, 2010 Real Faith – Your Key to a Happy Life (Us) August 3, 2010 Use of the jw.org website (Bi) August 3, 2010 Use of the jw.org Web site (Us) August 1, 2010 2011 Memorial invitations (Bi) August 1, 2010 2011 Memorial invitations (Us) July 26, 2010 Recording meeting attendance (Bi) July 26, 2010 Recording meeting attendance (Ca) July 26, 2010 Recording meeting attendance (Us) July 25, 2010 Audio recordings of “Bearing Thorough Witness” About God’s Kingdom (Us) July 23, 2010 PDF files of The Watchtower and Awake! on the jw.org Web site (Bi) July 23, 2010 PDF files of The Watchtower and Awake! on the jw.org Web site (Us) July 19, 2010 Funds-on-deposit arrangement (Bi) July 16, 2010 Softcover edition of the New World Translation (Bi) July 16, 2010 Softcover edition of the New World Translation (Us) July 15, 2010 Songs for circuit events during 2011 service year (Us) July 8, 2010 School for Congregation Elders (Bi) July 8, 2010 Searching for congregation meeting locations and times (Us) June 25, 2010 Downloading small quantities of Our Kingdom Ministry from the jw.org website (Bi) June 23, 2010 Submitting literature inventory to the branch office (Bi) June 23, 2010 Submitting literature inventory to the branch office (Ca) June 18, 2010 Discontinuation of Pioneers Assist Others programme (Bi) June 18, 2010 Discontinuation of Pioneers Assist Others program (Us) June 11, 2010 2010 Kingdom Ministry School textbooks (Us) June 3, 2010 Prison Witnessing (Bi) June 2, 2010 Guest rooming for publishers visiting Bethel (Us) June 1, 2010 Verifying information on elders and ministerial servants (Us) May 24, 2010 Incidents of “sexting” involving minors (Bi) May 24, 2010 Deletion of Menlo Park Congregation Body of Elders (Us) May 23, 2010 Assisting inactive ones (Bi) May 23, 2010 Assisting inactive ones (Ca) May 23, 2010 Assisting inactive ones (Gh) May 23, 2010 Assisting inactive ones (Us) May 20, 2010 New features for requesting literature on the jw.org website (Bi) May 20, 2010 New features for requesting literature on the jw.org Web site (Us) May 10, 2010 Foreign-language field adjustments (Bi) May 6, 2010 Public talk outline No. 76 (Bi) May 6, 2010 Public talk outline No. 76 (Ca) May 6, 2010 Public talk outline No. 76 (Us) May 3, 2010 Offering The Bible – What Is Its Message? in November 2010 (Us) May 1, 2010 Charitable Planning brochure (Us) April 26, 2010 Funds on deposit and Kingdom Hall loans (Ca) April 19, 2010 New method of distributing magazines in the congregation (Us) April 17, 2010 Service Meeting adjustments related to 2010 district convention program (Us) April 6, 2010 Wireless microphone systems (Us) April 6, 2010 Wireless microphone systems (Ca) April 2, 2010 Audio recordings of theocratic events (Bi) April 2, 2010 Audio recordings of theocratic events (Ca) April 2, 2010 Audio recordings of theocratic events (Gh) March 28, 2010 Circuit overseers submitting reports electronically (Us) March 26, 2010 General guidelines for sign-language interpreting at meetings, assemblies and conventions (Bi) March 25, 2010 Internet connections in Kingdom Halls (Bi) March 25, 2010 Internet connections in Kingdom Halls (Us) March 19, 2010 Literature and magazine enquiries by electronic mail (Bi) March 17, 2010 2010 assistance arrangements (Us) March 11, 2010 RONA Discount Program (Ca) March 9, 2010 Service campaigns (Bi) March 8, 2010 Service campaigns in the sign-language field (Bi) March 3, 2010 Biannual literature inventory (Us) March 2, 2010 Kingdom Ministry School (Bi) February 17, 2010 Searching for contact information on the jw.org Web site (Us) February 17, 2010 Discontinuing production of The Watchtower and Awake! on compact disc in MP3 format (Bi) February 11, 2010 Regular pioneer activity in Britain (Bi) February 10, 2010 Index to Letters – For Bodies of Elders S-22 (Bi) January 29, 2010 Congregation annual accounts – Charity Commission requirements (Bi) January 21, 2010 Qualifications of appointed persons in conjunction with disfellowshipped relatives (Bi) January 19, 2010 Use of ministerial servants where the number of elders is limited (Bi) January 18, 2010 Haiti disaster relief (Us) January 5, 2010 Territory seldom worked (Us) January 4, 2010 Territory seldom worked (Us) January 4, 2010 Forms and outlines on the jw.org website (Bi) January 2, 2010 Discontinuing use of WEFTS (Us) January 1, 2010 Revised DPA cards (Us)
By Srecko Sostar
According to this text in "Shepherd book", page 84,85 woman in JW congregation are viewed as minor children, not entitled to hear information that are important for her marriage and family life and her life at all. JW elders look at them as a people of the second rank. Even a male underage child or teenager or young male/man, who is baptized, has a higher status than any sister, young or old, single or married, publisher, pioneer or missionary or anointed.
Meeting With Marriage Mates
11. If the accused is a married sister, it is best
to have her believing husband present for the hearing.
He is her head, and his efforts to restore her and
direct her can be very helpful. (1 Cor. 11:3) If unusual
circumstances are involved or the elders feel it would
be best not to invite the husband because of their
concerns for the safety of the wife, the elders should
call the branch office.
12. If the accused is a married brother, his
wife would normally not attend the hearing. However,
if the husband wants his wife to be present, she
may attend a portion of the hearing. The judicial
committee should maintain confidentiality.
13. If the husband committed adultery, he
has an obligation to inform his wife of the facts. The
judicial committee should promptly inquire of the
Christian wife as to what her husband has told her. If
he refuses to inform her of his adultery, the elders
should inform her that because of her husband’s
conduct, it is up to her to decide whether to pursue a
Scriptural divorce or not. Furthermore, they should
inform the innocent mate that her resuming sexual
relations with the guilty mate would negate any
claim to Scriptural freedom. But they should not give
her further details. On the other hand, the elders
may find that while the husband did confess adultery
to his wife, he did not tell her the full extent of his
wrong conduct and left out important information
that the wife should know. The elders should not pro-
84 “Shepherd the Flock of God”—1 Peter 5:2
vide this confidential information to the wife, but
they can suggest that she speak with her husband
again. Even if he does not tell her anything more, this
will alert her to the fact that he is withholding information
from her, and this may help her to determine
whether to forgive or not.
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By Srecko Sostar
According introductory words in "Shepherd book", this publication is "congregation property". What would be your answer on question -What is congregation? Who are members of congregation? By normal logic all JW members are congregation and by their membership (legality of membership come through baptism) in congregation are entitled to read this book and to get to know the content of this book. But this is not how reality looks. Many, almost all "ordinary" members even doesn't know that this book or similar written instructions exist.
Another shocking fact from the 2010 Letter to the elders come to daylight. Instruction to elders given by GB (or from some WT Department that is under direct supervision of GB) shows us once again how this "theocratic" organization treats women's at all, and sisters as members of the congregation. Sisters are compared with unbelievers and working stuff of outsides companies. Shameful!
This publication is congregation property. A
copy is issued to each appointed elder. If an elder
is deleted for reasons other than moving to
another congregation with a favorable recommendation,
he should turn over this handbook
to the Congregation Service Committee. The
secretary should keep the book in the congregation’s
file so that it may be returned to the
brother if he is reappointed as an elder. No
copies are to be made of any part of this publication.
Neither is it to be converted into any
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This publication is not for sale. It is provided as part of a worldwide
Bible educational work supported by voluntary donations.
Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations are from the modern-language
New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures—With References.
“Shepherd the Flock of God”—1 Peter 5:2
Made in the United States of America
page 6 quote
2. “Shepherd the Flock of God” has been designed
as a handbook for elders to supply vital information
that will help them care for congregation matters.
page 7 quote
Because of efforts to simplify this publication,
it does not cover every aspect of our work as elders.
At times you may need to consult other publications
and letters to the body of elders for detailed
information. Be alert to future direction and adjustments
so as to stay up-to-date on theocratic direction.
By Srecko Sostar
According to this text in "Shepherd book", page 38,39 elders are allowed to hide their own sins or sins of colleagues, elders.
19. If it comes to light or an appointed
brother confesses that he has committed a disfellowshipping
offense years in the past:
The body of elders may determine he can continue to
serve if the following is true: The immorality or other
serious wrongdoing occurred more than a few years
ago, and he is genuinely repentant, recognizing that
he should have come forward immediately when he
sinned. (Perhaps he has even confessed to his sin,
seeking help with his guilty conscience.) He has been
serving faithfully for many years, has evidence of
God’s blessing, and has the respect of the congregation.
20. If the sin occurred before he was appointed as
an elder or a ministerial servant, the elders will need
to take into consideration the fact that he should
have mentioned this possible impediment to his being
qualified when elders interviewed him just prior
to announcing his appointment. Moreover, the nature
of the sin may reflect greatly on his qualifications
to serve. For example, the sin may involve past
child abuse, and this would likely disqualify him for
many years.—w97 1/1 pp. 26-29; w77 pp. 697-698.
38 “Shepherd the Flock of God”—1 Peter 5:2
21. If the wrongdoing occurred within the past few
years while he was serving as an elder or a ministerial
servant, he is disqualified from serving as such, not
being “free from accusation.” (1 Tim. 3:2, 10; Titus 1:
6, 7) Depending on the circumstances, the situation
may also need to be handled by a judicial committee.
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