Your Help Is Needed - Kingdom Ministry December 2004 (US)
?Thank you for all you do in behalf of all of us. It really does make a difference.? That comment well expresses the gratitude we feel for our elders and ministerial servants. As God?s organization continues to expand, there is an ongoing need for mature men to serve in the nearly 100,000 congregations worldwide. If you are a baptized brother, your help is needed.
?Reaching Out?: How can you reach out for additional service privileges? (1 Tim. 3:1) Basically, by setting a fine example in all aspects of your life. (1 Tim. 4:12; Titus 2:6-8; 1 Pet. 5:3) Have a full share in the preaching work, and assist others to do the likewise. (2 Tim. 4:5) Take a sincere interest in the welfare of fellow believers. (Rom. 12:13) Be a good student of God?s Word, and develop the ?art of teaching.? (Titus 1:9; 1 Tim. 4:13) Diligently care for the assignments entrusted to you by the elders. (1 Tim. 3:10) If you are a family head, ?preside over your household in a fine manner.? ?1 Tim. 3:4, 5, 12.
Serving in an appointed capacity involves hard work and requires a spirit of self-sacrifice. (1 Tim. 5:17) Therefore, in reaching out, focus on humbly serving others. (Matt. 20:25-28; John 13:3-5, 12-17) Meditate on the disposition of Timothy, and seek to imitate it. (Phil. 2:20-22) Like him, let your fine conduct recommend you. (Acts 16:1, 2) As you cultivate the spiritual qualities needed to handle added privileges and apply any counsel for improvement that you receive, ?your advancement [will] be manifest to all persons.? ?Tim. 4:15.
Parents, Train Young Ones to Help: Children can begin learning to help from an early age. Train them to pay attention at meetings, to preach, and to be exemplary in conduct at the Kingdom Hall and at school. Get them involved in serving others, doing things such as assisting with Kingdom Hall cleaning, helping the elderly, and so forth. Allow them to experience the happiness that comes from giving. (Acts 20:35) Such training can help them to become the pioneers, the ministerial servants, and the elders of tomorrow.
OK, my thoughts:
- This is the US Kingdom Ministry. There is no growth in the US! So why is the WTS recruiting? Because there is little support from the male JWs aged 18-25. The fact is that in many congregations, elders are handling mikes and reading the WT at the meetings because there is no one else to do it.
- The end is coming soon?? Then why are parents encouraged to train kids from an early age? That means that your 2-year-old son won't qualify for as a ministerial servant for 16 years or about 25 years for an elder! Is that how long the system may last??
Keep that urgency up, suckers.