Kingdom Hall in Barrington, Illinois

by Expanded-Mind 14 Replies latest jw friends

  • Atlantis

    It would be nice if JW's could just open their eyes and see that the Watchtower has said several times, that they are a "business organization" and not a "religious organization".

    They have a "Worldwide Real Estate Department" that could keep their doors open for years to come. There are properties we are not even aware of that the Watchtower Society has sold.

    When some JW's pass away they leave all their property to the Watchtower Society. We never get to know about these transactions and how much that property sold for.



    Re: Cancellation of approval for bodies of elders to sell properties
    Dear Brothers:
    In the past, some elders were assigned to assist with the sale of real estate or properties that were donated to the Worldwide Work. Since these assets belong to Jehovah, it cannot rightly be said that they belong to any individual or congregation, regardless of what its legal title may indicate.

    The Governing Body is interested in optimizing resources that are dedicated for pure worship. With this in mind the Worldwide Department of Real Estate is responsible for administering the use of properties and the sale of real estate. Therefore, all approved sales of real estate that you received in the past have been canceled. Please remove any advertisements or signs that indicate a property is for sale and wait until a representative of World Headquarters communicates directly with you to give further direction on this matter.

    The letter dated March 26, 2014, to all bodies of elders, mentions: “the Governing Body prefers that congregations not own or control property other than what is necessary for congregation meetings.” If a congregation owns one of these properties or real estate that was donated by a brother, you should notify the branch. For each additional property, complete and send the form Information Regarding Additional Properties that is available on to the inbox “Properties.” Any inquiries regarding this matter should be sent to this inbox.

    PS: to circuit overseers. Please verify if in your circuit there are properties that were used for kingdom halls or properties of the organization. If so, gather all pertinent information and promptly send it to the inbox “Properties.” We greatly appreciate your help.

    Actual Letter:


  • pistolpete

    We cannot take a swim in a YMCA pool. Nor buy a school raffle ticket to help fund PE equipment for our kids school. Nor offer to help run the soup kitchen for the homeless in the basement of a disused church (or go to a gig in the church basement!)

    But we can sell dedicated Kingdom Halls, built to Jehovah's glory, to one of Satan's churches.

    This is what many don't understand. There is a difference between buying a 25 cents political card and JOINING THE UNITED NATIONS.

    You can join the United Nations if you need a "Library Card"

    But a 25 cents political cards is joining Satan's organization.

  • Expanded-Mind

    Thank you all for your posts! A special thank you to Lancelink... I appreciate the update!


  • Atlantis

    1917 Facts For Shareholders, pg.-2-top left column.

    The Watch Tower Society is not o religious Society for public worship, such as a Church, but is a business corporation, not for profit, and statutes requiring religious corporations of that nature to have three Directors in Pennsylvania do not apply.

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  • Expanded-Mind

    LANCELINK... I sent you a private message.

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