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Jehovah’s Witnesses Gary Davis University of Phoenix REL334/World Religious Traditions II Dr. Devon Smith January 10, 2007
Jehovah’s Witnesses Jehovah's Witnesses get their name from Jehovah, which is English version of the name given for God in the Hebrew Scriptures. The word Witnesses is taken from the passage in Isaiah 43:10 “Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord..." Jehovah's Witnesses are a high strength religious group that requires a major obligation from its associates. Witnesses now have approximately six million publishers and pioneers in more than 75,000 congregations in over 200 nations. There are approximately one million Jehovah's Witnesses in the U.S., and just over 100,000 in Canada. They have also expanded extensively throughout Europe and Russia. They account for less than 1% of the population of all other nations in the world with populations over 50 million. . (Religious Tolerance) The Governing Body of the Jehovah's Witnesses is called the Watch Tower Society or WTS for short. The Society is a collection of anointed males at the Brooklyn NY headquarters. Currently, the group consists of 11 members. Underneath the Governing Body are the Publishers and Pioneers. These are member of both genders and all ages who vigorously go from door to door, trying to convert the community. Persons, who are devoted and full-time preachers are handed the title Regular Pioneer. They agree to sermonize 840 hours for each year. Back up Pioneers do about 50 hours a month for one or more successive months. Special Pioneers are chosen from among the Regular Pioneers and are shipped to wherever the need is most. Publishers normally go door-to-door once per week, frequently on Saturdays. If a publisher does not turn in his or her time for six months consecutively, they are viewed as inactive and are given "shepherding calls" to persuade them to reactivate their ministry. Congregations (called Kingdom

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