Information about four Theocratic Schools
Starting September 1, 2011, each year at Patterson there will be 2 classes of the School for Branch Committee members and 2 classes of the School for Traveling Overseers. Branch Committee members who have previously attended the Branch Committee School will be invited to attend a second time. Traveling Overseers who previously attended the Traveling Overseer School will be invited a second time. Those who previously attended will be mixed in with new students, similar to the way it is done for the Pioneer Service School.
Henceforth the Ministerial Training School will be called the Bible School for Single Brothers. The school and requirements will remain essentially the same. 37,445 have already attended.
Very soon a new school will begin called the Bible School for Christian Couples. Its curriculum will be a 2-month course, similar to that of the Bible School for Single Brothers. A few of the classes will be held with only the brothers, while the sisters go in the field ministry. The same instructors who teach the Bible School for Single Brothers will be used. In some cases they will alternate teaching the schools. What is the purpose of this new school? To give married couples special training so they can be used more fully by Jehovah’s organization. Most will be sent out as regular pioneers where the need is great. Some will be special pioneers, circuit overseers or missionaries. A few who have indicated their availability might receive an assignment in another country depending on their qualifications and the need. Applicants must be married 2 years and both husband and wife must have at least 2 years of full-time service. They must be 50 years of age or younger. They must be interested in being used more fully as a couple by Jehovah’s organization. The first class will be held at Patterson in July and August of 2011. A few classes will be piloted at Patterson, and then the school will be exported worldwide. It will be held in the same locations as the Bible School for Single Brothers.