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2017 Service Year Report Grand Totals

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December 15, 2017 TO ALL CONGREGATIONS Re: 2017 Service Year Report

Dear Brothers:

We are pleased to share encouraging highlights from the 2017 service year report. The peak number of publishers was 8,457,107. Jehovah’s people spent a total of 2,046,000,202 hours in the ministry, a 3.1 percent increase from last year. We are especially encouraged to see a 7.4 percent increase in the number baptized, with a total of 284,212! This is evidence that we take seriously our commission to “make disciples.” (Matt. 28:19) We were delighted to see that the average number of regular pioneers was 1,225,279. This was an 8.6 percent increase! The worldwide Memorial attendance figure was 20,175,477. Significant features of the service year report will soon be available on jw.org and in JW Library, Watchtower ONLINE LIBRARY, and Watchtower Library. These figures provide compelling evidence of Jehovah’s blessing on our work.—Isa. 60:22.

Throughout our branch territory, it is evident that Jehovah is searching for those “rightly disposed for everlasting life” in the language of their heart. (Acts 13:48) For instance, we are happy to report the formation of the first ever Cherokee-language congregation during the past service year. The first Swahili-language circuit in our branch territory was formed effective September 1, 2017. In addition to those reached in the door-to-door ministry, public witnessing initiatives are reaching more people than ever with the Bible’s message. There are over 17,000 publishers participating in the special metropolitan public witnessing program in 17 locations. Harbor witnessing is now organized in 45 ports, with 4,400 trained publishers boarding cargo and cruise ships in an effort to witness to crew members. Public witnessing campaigns organized at large state fairs and sporting events are exposing millions of individuals to the good news, as well as adding great impetus to this aspect of the preaching work.

Much has also been accomplished in regard to Kingdom Hall usage in the United States branch territory. Twenty branch planning meetings were held with bodies of elders in metropolitan areas affecting over 2,200 congregations. Implementing non-construction solutions such as merging or relocating congregations has reduced the need for new auditoriums in these areas from 41 to 19, with a potential savings of millions of dollars!

Be assured that Jehovah values your faithful service and that he will continue to give you the necessary strength to “fully accomplish your ministry” in the coming year!—2 Tim. 4:5; Isa. 40:31.

Your brothers,

PS to coordinators of the bodies of elders:

Please arrange for this letter to be read to the congregation by the elder handling the part “Annual Service Report” in the Life and Ministry Meeting the week of January 1, 2018. Thereafter, the letter should be posted on the information board. This postscript should neither be read to the congregation nor be posted on the information board.

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Jehovah’s Witnesses - Big Totals 2017 ??? Branches of Jehovah's witnesses: 90 Number of countries: 240 Total Congregations: 120,053 Global Memorial Attendance : 20,175,477

Do they have as much to boast about their financial report

Since they have never published a full financial report ..... apparently it's NONE OF OURS ...... either.

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The peak publishers in 2016 was 8,340,347, so this represents a 1.4% increase in publishers, peak-to-peak.

[per jw.org:]

2016 Grand Totals

  • Branches of Jehovah’s Witnesses: 89

  • Number of Lands Reporting: 240

  • Total Congregations: 119,485

  • Worldwide Memorial Attendance: 20,085,142

  • Memorial Partakers Worldwide: 18,013

  • Peak of Publishers in Kingdom Service: 8,340,847

  • Average Publishers Preaching Each Month: 8,132,358

  • Percentage of Increase Over 2015: 1.8

  • Total Number Baptized: 264,535

  • Average Auxiliary Pioneer Publishers Each Month: 459,393

  • Average Pioneer Publishers Each Month: 1,157,017

  • Total Hours Spent in Field: 1,983,763,754

  • Average Bible Studies Each Month: 10,115,264



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Homeschooling the kids, we used to color in on a world map each year the various countries - with colors corresponding to penetration of the good news, as in 'publisher to general population' ratio. It was a fine way to teach both theocracy and geography

We used the rainbow. Red was the greatest concentration. Violet was stone cold. Alas, today it might all be misconstrued as the advancement of gay rights.

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I should have mentioned that the Yearbook practice has not been using the peak-to-peak increase as the official increase or decrease from year to year, but only uses the average-to-average increase over the previous year. Based on the information and trends provided by the last few years, it is possible to guess fairly closely. My guess is here, in red. I'm guessing that the average publishers will be 8,211,391 based on a formula that would usually make an estimate within a quarter-percent.

I adjusted it up slightly based on the better than usual jump in baptisms, so that the estimated increase will probably reach 1%


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1 hour ago, Jay Witness said:

Population growth is 1.12% so most of them are witness kids.

It's possible that "most" of them are "Witness kids" if you mean just over 50% which is "most" in a technical sense. But when you look at the baptisms at assemblies it seems in my experience to at least slightly favor those converted from outside Witness families -- although quite a few do often have connections to Witness families: cousins and other relatives.

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Jehovah’s Witnesses - Big Totals 2017


Branches of Jehovah's witnesses: 90

Number of countries: 240

Total Congregations: 120,053

Global Memorial Attendance : 20,175,477

Participants in Memorial Emblems worldwide: 18,564

Maximum Peak: 8,457,107

Average Preachers every month: 8,248,982

Percentage increase compared to 2016: 1.4 %

Total number baptized: 284,212

Average Pioneers each month: 1,249,946

Average Publishers as auxiliary Pioners each month: 439,571

Total hours spent in the field: 2,046,000,202

Average Bible studies each month: 10,071,524

During the 2017 service year, Jehovah's witnesses spent more than $ 202 million on the care of Pioneers, missionaries and special circuit supervisors in their field service assignments. Around the world, a total of 19,730 ministers ordered as staff of branch facilities. They are all members of the world order of full-time special servants of Jehovah's witnesses.

* The 2017 year of service was from 1 September 2016 to 31 August 2017.


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