August 12, 2005
Thank you for the questionnaire you submitted for the subsitute circuit work. We are pleased to inform you that you have been appointed as a subsitute circuit overseer. Your circuit overseer will be contacting you to schedule two weeks of training. These two weeks do not have to run consecutively...
During the first week of training, which could be done during the next visit to your congregation, closely observe how the circuit overseer cares for his responsibilities...at the end of the week (the second one) you will fill out the report on the congregation under his direction. You may obtain these forms from the circuit overseer. It is important to complete these forms accurately as they help convey the spiritual condition of the congregation...
Feel free to ask questions regarding your reponsibilities when subsituting in the circuit work...Humbly accept and readily apply any counsel that he may offer you.
Since you are married your wife should accompany you when you are serving a congregation if possible...Assure her that the Branch Office does not expect her to solve problems. This may ease her mind, knowing that her role is to pioneer with the congregation as she does in your congregation. If questions or problems should arise, these should be directed to you.
Likely you will incur transportation expenses during your visit to a congregation. These expenses may be submitted for reimbursement to the body of elders if they request them. If the congregation does not offer to reimburse you for these expenses you may submit them to the Branch Office.
You should not request reimbursement for expenses related to health care, auto expenses and so forth. Such expenses do not usually result from serving congregations as a subsitute circuit overseer. If you serve for an extended period of time your secular work may be understandably reduced.
If so moderate personal expenses such as your food, dry cleaning, shoe repair, toothpaste, condoms (JUST KIDDING! ) haircuts and so forth may be submitterd to the congregation if the elders request them.
If you tranfer to another congregation or your address or telephone number changes be sure to notify the Branch Office immedietly...We depend on this information to contact you on short notice...
...As a reminder , your appointment to serve as a subsitute circuit overseer is not an indication that you will be appointeed as a regular circuit overseer. Please keep this in mind as you make plans for the future.
May Jehovah bless your BLAH, BLAH, BLAH...our warmest Christian love...YADI, YADI, YA
Christian Congregation of Jehovah's Wittnesses