Rumor Elders Will Receive Name Badges For Every Meeting.

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  • HelpMeBelieve

    I keep hearing rumors elders are going to be getting permanent badge cards to wear to every meeting. One excited brother told me, "it would be nice if new ones to the Kingdom Hall could see who their shepherds are. There is a great surge in activity, new Bible students will be able to locate the proper elder in charge of bible studies!" He makes a good point if we really are having huge growth but we are stagnant.

    I know some of the real power hungry el-tards (not related to humble, kind and loving elders) would eat this up! Custom gold plated name badges, silver and bronze for minsterial servants. Who starts these rumors and would our humble elders wear name cards during the meetings as a way to distinguish them from the flock?

  • JW GoneBad
    JW GoneBad

    Family worship night was copied from Mormons. If there is any truth to this ‘rumor', Elder and Ministerial Servant name badges will also be something borrowed from the Mormons.

    Jehovah’s Witnesses more and more seem to walk in the shadows of the Mormon faith.

  • slimboyfat

    Ha ha that would be so funny.

    I would have a good mind to make my own name badge and turn up with it on. What are they going to do disfellowship me for wearing my name?

  • cedars

    lol, you know what this means don't you?!

    When an elder is removed, he will need to turn in his Flock book, AND his badge!!

    What a joke.


  • NewChapter

    Well it's one way to give the impresssion that new ones are just flocking in. Maybe it's slow for THIS congregation, but we need nametags, so it must mean it's overwhelming in OTHER congregations.

    Now they will wear permanent holes into their suit jackets. Mormons just attach them to their white shirts.

  • Iamallcool

    I would hate to see the badges, it will make the elders heads much bigger! It will make me want to vomit.

    Watchtower, don't do it.

  • Iamallcool

    If the elders wear the badges, I am sure alot more Ministerial Servants will be trying very hard to be an elder so he can wear a badge too.

  • Iamallcool

    Sometimes I can tell who is an elder when I visit the congregation for the very first time. It is all about mannerisms, etc...

  • Blind_Of_Lies

    I had an elder in my old cong that would wear his convention badge. It actually wouldnt shock me if they started demanding wittnesses who are in dress clothes always wear badges. with their dwindleing numbers it wouldnt shock me if they wanted to creat an illusion.

  • The Searcher
    The Searcher

    I'm pretty convinced this is a non-story, put about by someone with a fertile/mischievous imagination!

    If it was true, I feel many in the congregations who have lost trust & respect in certain "shepherds", (not the position) would look on such ones as being even less worthy of such, thanks to to their superior attitude.

    Any truly spiritual and humble brother, would apply the principle at 1 Peter 3:15, and give Scriptural reasons for declining the 'privilege' to stand out in the 'one flock'.

  • Black Sheep
    Black Sheep

    'No hierarchy' is going to be a bit hard to claim if you're wearing a gold plated badge wth a green flashing LED border proclaiming you to be Chief Dickhead!

  • Phizzy

    The Mormons always have Elder So and So on their badge, a JW swore to me that he saw one with "Elder Berry " on it, I think he may have made that up, but some surnames will cause hilarity if the WT follows the LDS lead.

  • Room 215
    Room 215

    ... nightmarish.....

  • elderelite

    This is silly. Of course so is the org.... But i have heard nothing about this and i seriously doubt its true

  • Broken Promises
    Broken Promises
    Who starts these rumors

    Umm, you?

  • elderelite

    Rotfl! Well played BP

  • outsmartthesystem

    I think it is just a rumor. They rip the Catholic faith for having a Pope and Cardinals and Priests and men of elevated positions. They claim that other faiths are a hierarchy instead of a lowly brotherhood. If they started elevating elders and MS with name badges.....that would be one step closer to the egregious acts of "Christendom".

    Then again.....they've been blatantly hypocritical before so...who knows?

  • baltar447

    Well, you NEVER know! Every time there's a rumor that HAS come true many were saying it would never happen. I remember most denying the Book Study end/change but it happened. Many said "they would NEVER do that!" And yet they DID. Honestly there's NO telling but they are capable of virtually anything.

  • Scully

    I wouldn't be surprised in the least. The WTS is always trying to give the appearance of being proactive / forward-thinking / progressive. A name tag on an Elder™ or Ministerial Servant™ will give the impression that they have been "vetted" by the WTS or at least by the local Congregation™, and have met all legal requirements for working around children, such as a criminal background check, etc.

  • sir82
    A name tag on an Elder™ or Ministerial Servant™ will give the impression that they have been "vetted" by the WTS or at least by the local Congregation™, and have met all legal requirements for working around children

    Precisely why it will never happen.

    Do you really think the WTS would try to increase the ties it has to what they perceive as the bumbling fools in the congregations, potentially opening themselves up to even more legal liability?

    I could maybe see name tags for everybody, like convention name tags. That way you know who "the brothers" are. Anyone without a name tag would be viewed with suspicion until verified that he/she wasn't DF-ed, and then the love-bombing would commence.

    It would add an extra layer of shame and humiliation to the DFing process, which would fit the Watchtower MO perfectly:

    "Brother Unrepentant, to be reinstated you must attend all meetings. Of course, you are not permitted to wear your name tag - just leave that with us on your way out the door. You'll get it back when reinstated."

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