How many more congregations can they add to our Kingdom Hall?

by RULES & REGULATIONS 8 Replies latest watchtower beliefs


    Last year the 3 congregations that share our Kingdom Hall decided to add a fourth congregation to join . That means that our Sunday meeting was pushed back to a 6:00 p.m. start and end around 7:45 p.m. Not only is that too late of a start but all of our Sunday's will be wasted. You will now need to leave around 5:00 p.m. and get home around 8:30 p.m.

    I hardly attend now and find it even harder too make this new time slot. Don't the Elders care that their Sunday's are ruined and that maybe they don't need to add another congregation? Is it all about splitting the expenses? How many congregations are too many?

  • clearpoison

    Technically five should be the maximum per KH as there are just five working days available for evening meetings. The "sunday" meeting is possible to arrange on saturday also, so they could split it ie. two on saturday and three on sunday. Ofcourse if the congregations would be built based on segmentation, you could also start daytime congregations for retired, unemployed and similar groups. If we consider four meetings per weekend-day as practical maximum (10-12 13-15 16-18 19-21), you could actually squeeze in eight congregations to one KH, just you would have sufficient amount of people for three daytime congregations.

    Today again in speculative mode


  • Amelia Ashton
    Amelia Ashton

    In Spain 4 congs is the norm. 2 Spanish, 1 English and 1 German with the year's text in all 4 languages. No pictures though just writing. I used to love meetings on Saturday cos then we had the whole of Sunday free for swimming and bbqs!

  • clearpoison

    I once visited KH in Spain. It was intrigueing place. There was two halls in two stories and meetings went on simultaneously starting with 30 minutes interval. My memory might be playing games but as I remember foreign language congregations had sunday meetings on saturday and spanish ones on sunday. How many they were per day I do not remember but for some reason there was a need to run them at the same time.

    Pulling out fond memories from his filled brain


  • Amelia Ashton
    Amelia Ashton

    Yup, that is correct. Us foreigners had our Public Talk and Watchtower Study on Saturdays. Where there were 2 foreign congs it was alternate years for either a morning meeting or evening meeting but still on a Saturday. Book study was on a Thursday and TMS was on Tuesdays and even after 5 years we all still called it Tuesday Book Study but knew whoever was speaking meant Thursday!

  • designs

    Is this a Zen question like- How many angels fit on the head of a needle.

  • blondie

    When my grandparents were Bible Students there was only one congregation but still they met at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The practice then was to go in "field service" all day Sunday and have the meetings in the evening. That was in the 20's and 30's before there was a ministry school and service meeting. They didn't always have a qualified speaker for the public talk. In this urban area there are already 2 to 3 congregations meeting in each KH. Never 4 yet but I remember 4 in one building in New York City.

    Here they rotate the times on Sunday every year so that one congregation is not stuck with the evening time.

  • moshe

    One KH near me is going from 4 to 5 congs, I have been told-- 2 English, 2 Spanish and 1 Creole language- the growth is not among the English speaking congregations.

  • DaCheech

    if the society was worried about the welfare of it's "sheep" then they would allow each congregation to have more publishers.

    they want to control the "sheep" and lead them to their slaughter............. therefore they demand small congregations.

    in my hall there are 2 english, 1 spanish, and 1 other. the two english congregations could easily merge and be only 150 people.

    control, control, control! and the result? heavy load to it's "sheep"

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