Here's the cruel, uncomfortable and dehumanizing description of transport for disfellowshipped ones:
In cases of real need, the elders can determine wheth-
er some assistance may be provided. Such assistance would be
viewed as similar to public transportation in that there should be
no conversing with the disfellowshipped or disassociated person.
(2 John 10, 11) The elders should monitor the situation to make
sure that any arrangements made are not abused.
As usual, the org wants no liability, but all the benefits:
gregation should conclude that it "owns" the Kingdom Hall. How-
ever, it is the responsibility of the congregations using the prop-
erty to care for it
It is expected that the majority of the maintenance and repair
work will be done by local volunteers in the congregations using
the Kingdom Hall and that the costs for such work will be cov-
ered by the congregations.
Regarding getting rid of old publications:
In the event that the bodies of elders decide to eliminate printed
publications from the library, care should be taken not to discard
items that have historical significance. The branch office may wish
to add such items to its library or to its archive of historical ma-
Records of judicial cases are to be kept for 5 years in most cases. Child molesters' are kept for life. Those who adulturously remarry are also kept for life, unless the innocent spouse dies, remarries or has sex.
When it comes to public witnessing, again, they want no liability:
Any application to
use a mobile cart or to set up a table or kiosk to display litera-
ture must be filled out in the name of an individual publisher, not
in the name of the congregation, any corporation used by the or-
ganization, or "Jehovah's Witnesses." If a small administrative fee
is needed in order to acquire space in a public area, it is to be
paid by the individual publisher, not the congregation. Publishers
should carefully review any such applications to see what respon-
sibility they are taking upon themselves with respect to liability.
Publishers who apply to distribute literature at these areas are
doing so on their own initiative as part of their personal ministry.
However, this is belied by their obvious control of the whole situation:
The Congregation Service Com-
mittee will determine what equipment (including posters) will be
used and where it will be stored. Only artwork approved by the
branch office should be displayed.
The equipment will remain the property of the congregation.
the cost of the public witnessing equip-
ment will be covered by their contributions to the worldwide work.
The Congregation Service
Committee will select qualified baptized publishers to participate
in this feature of the ministry
the service overseer or someone
designated by the body of elders should organize a midweek and
weekend schedule for each selected location
The training should be based on Public Witnessing Guidelines (S-148), and a copy of that document should
be provided to those participating. The group overseer and his as-
sistant will monitor and assist publishers
the service overseer will determine the quantity of
literature to be displayed
What should be the highlight of our ministry? God's Kingdom? Salvation by Christ? Maybe something else:
Publishers should widely publicize jw.org
Next, they give a diagnosis of "spiritual weakness", which is not necessarily anything of the sort, but is often the sign of waking up, and disenchantment with the organization:
RECOGNIZING SPIRITUAL WEAKNESS
7. Symptoms of spiritual weakness may include loss of enthusiasm
for the truth, neglecting daily Bible reading and personal study
or attendance at congregation meetings, missing entire months
of field service activity, undue emphasis on the pursuit of plea-
sure or material things, or criticizing the elders and the organi-
More disclaimers, this time about parties. You can't call them "congregation gatherings" anymore, this'll be a big cultural change:
Individuals who host social events bear personal responsibility for
what occurs at the event. Such individuals should not state or
imply that they are acting on behalf of the congregation. They
should not use terms such as "congregation picnic" or "congrega-
And finally, one more ditching of liability for the road:
All publishers perform their ministry motivated by their
dedication to Jehovah and their personal obedience to
Jesus Christ's command, not in behalf of the
congregation or any other organization. This is the case
whether the publisher expends time working on
construction projects, in relief work, or any other
activity that advances Kingdom interests.