Theocratic Ministry School Schedule for 2005
During 2005 the following will be the arrangements for conducting the Theocratic Ministry School.
SOURCE MATERIAL: New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures [bi12], The Watchtower [w], Benefit From Theocratic Ministry School Education [be], “All Scripture Is Inspired of God and Beneficial” (1990 Edition) [si], and Reasoning From the Scriptures (1989 Edition) [rs].
The school should begin ON TIME with song, prayer, and remarks of welcome and then proceed as follows:
SPEECH QUALITY: 5 minutes. The school overseer, the auxiliary counselor, or another qualified elder will discuss a speech quality based on the Ministry School textbook. (In congregations with a limited number of elders, a qualified ministerial servant may be used.) Unless otherwise indicated, the boxes appearing on the assigned pages should be included in the discussion. The exercises should be omitted. These are primarily for personal use and private counsel.
ASSIGNMENT NO. 1: 10 minutes. This should be handled by a qualified elder or ministerial servant, and it will be based on The Watchtower, Benefit From Theocratic Ministry School Education, or “All Scripture Is Inspired of God and Beneficial.” It is to be delivered as a ten-minute instruction talk with no oral review. The objective should be not just to cover the material but to focus attention on the practical value of the information being discussed, highlighting what will be most helpful to the congregation. The theme shown should be used. It is expected that brothers assigned this talk will be careful to keep within the time limit. Private counsel may be given as needed.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM BIBLE READING: 10 minutes. For the first six minutes, a qualified elder or ministerial servant should apply the material to local needs. He may comment on any portion of the assigned Bible reading for the week. This should not be just a summary of the assigned reading. The principal objective is to help the audience to appreciate why and how the information is of value. The speaker should be careful not to exceed the six minutes allotted for the opening portion. He should ensure that four minutes are set aside for audience participation. The audience should be invited to offer brief comments (30 seconds or less) on what they have appreciated in the Bible reading and its benefits. The school overseer will then dismiss the students who are assigned to other classrooms.
ASSIGNMENT NO. 2: 4 minutes. This is a reading to be given by a brother. The reading will usually be from the Bible. Once a month this assignment will cover material drawn from The Watchtower. The student should read the assigned material without giving an introduction or a conclusion. From week to week, the amount of material to be read will vary slightly but should take four minutes or less. The school overseer should look over the material before making the assignments, matching such to the age and ability of the students. The school overseer will be especially interested in helping students to read with understanding, fluency, proper sense stress, modulation, appropriate pausing, and naturalness.
ASSIGNMENT NO. 3: 5 minutes. This will be assigned to a sister. Students receiving this assignment will either be assigned a setting or may select one from the list appearing on page 82 of the Ministry School textbook. The student should use the assigned theme and apply it to an aspect of field service that is realistic and practical for the territory of the local congregation. When no references are indicated as source material, the student will need to gather material for this part by doing research in publications provided by the faithful and discreet slave class. Newer students should be given assignments for which references are supplied. The school overseer will be particularly interested in the way the student develops the material and the way she helps the householder to reason on the Scriptures and to understand the key points of the presentation. Students assigned this part should know how to read. The school overseer will assign one assistant.
ASSIGNMENT NO. 4: 5 minutes. The student should develop the assigned theme. When no references are indicated as source material, the student will need to gather material for this part by doing research in publications provided by the faithful and discreet slave class. When assigned to a brother, this part should be given as a talk with the Kingdom Hall audience in mind. When a sister is given this part, it should always be presented as outlined for Assignment No. 3. The school overseer may give a brother Assignment No. 4 whenever he sees fit to do so. Please note that themes with asterisks next to them should always be assigned to brothers to develop as talks.
TIMING: No talk should go overtime, nor should the remarks of the counselor. Assignments No. 2 through No. 4 should tactfully be stopped when the time is up. If brothers handling the opening talk on a speech quality, Assignment No. 1, or highlights from the Bible reading go overtime, they should be given private counsel. All should watch their timing carefully. Total program: 45 minutes, excluding song and prayer.
COUNSEL: 1 minute. The school overseer will take no more than one minute after each student presentation to offer some positive observations on an aspect of the talk that was commendable. His aim is not simply to say “well done” but, rather, to draw attention to specific reasons why that aspect of the presentation was effective. According to the need of each student, additional constructive counsel may be given privately after the meeting or at another time.
AUXILIARY COUNSELOR: The body of elders may select a capable elder, if one is available in addition to the school overseer, to handle the assignment as auxiliary counselor. If there are a number of elders in the congregation, then a different qualified elder may care for this assignment each year. The auxiliary counselor’s responsibility will be to give private counsel, if needed, to brothers who present Assignment No. 1 and Bible highlights. It is not necessary that he offer counsel after each of such talks by fellow elders or ministerial servants. This arrangement will remain in effect during 2005 and may be adjusted thereafter.
COUNSEL FORM: In textbook.
ORAL REVIEW: 30 minutes. Every two months, the school overseer will conduct an oral review. It will be preceded by the consideration of a speech quality and highlights from the Bible reading as outlined above. The oral review will be based on material considered in the school over the preceding two months, including the current week. If your congregation has a circuit assembly or the visit of the circuit overseer the week of the oral review, then follow the scheduling instructions found in the December 2003 Our Kingdom Ministry, page 6.
Speech Quality: Understandable to Others (be p. 226 ¶1–p. 227 ¶1)
No. 1: Fear the True God (be p. 272 ¶1–p. 273 ¶1)
No. 2: Joshua 16:1–17:4
No. 3: Why Just Reading the Bible Is Not Sufficient (rs p. 328 ¶2-3)
No. 4: Is Being Rich or Being Poor a Sign of True Godliness Today?
Speech Quality: Explaining Unfamiliar Terms (be p. 227 ¶2–p. 228 ¶1)
No. 1: Making Known God’s Name (be p. 273 ¶2–p. 274 ¶1)
No. 2: Joshua 23:1-13
No. 3: The Right Religion Is Bible Based and Makes Known God’s Name (rs p. 328 ¶4-5)
No. 4: Is It Proper to Worship Jesus?
Speech Quality: Providing Needed Explanation (be p. 228 ¶2-3)
No. 1: The Person Identified by the Name (be p. 274 ¶2-5)
No. 2: Judges 2:1-10
No. 3: The Right Religion Demonstrates True Faith in Jesus Christ (rs p. 329 ¶1)
No. 4: How Can You Protect Yourself From Harmful Music Videos?
Speech Quality: How the Heart Is Involved (be p. 228 ¶4–p. 229 ¶1)
No. 1: God’s Name—“A Strong Tower” (be p. 274 ¶6–p. 275 subheading)
No. 2: Judges 6:25-35
No. 3: How Should the Bible Affect Our Freedom of Choice?
No. 4: The True Religion Is Not Formalistic but Is a Way of Life (rs p. 329 ¶2)
Speech Quality: Informative to Your Audience (be p. 230 ¶1-6)
No. 1: Bearing Witness to Jesus (be p. 275 subheading–p. 276 ¶1)
No. 2: w03 1/15 pp. 19-20 ¶16-18
No. 3: Members of the True Religion Love One Another and Keep Separate From the World (rs p. 329 ¶3-4)
No. 4: Materialism Means More Than Acquiring Possessions
Speech Quality: Making a Talk Informative Through Research (be p. 231 ¶1-3)
No. 1: Emphasizing Jesus’ Role as Redeemer (be p. 276 ¶2-3)
No. 2: Judges 12:1-15
No. 3: Why Jehovah’s Witnesses Are United
No. 4: Members of the True Religion Are Active Witnesses Concerning God’s Kingdom (rs p. 330 ¶1)
Speech Quality: Explaining Scriptures (be p. 231 ¶4-5)
No. 1: Emphasizing Jesus’ Roles as High Priest and Head of the Congregation (be p. 277 ¶1-2)
No. 2: Judges 15:9-20
No. 4: Why Hypnotism Is Not for Christians
Speech Quality: Explaining the Meaning of Terms (be p. 232 ¶1)
No. 1: Emphasizing Jesus’ Role as Reigning King (be p. 277 ¶3-4)
No. 2: w03 2/1 pp. 17-18 ¶18-21
No. 4: What Are Some of the “Deep Things of God”? (1 Cor. 2:10)
Speech Quality: Reasoning on Texts (be p. 232 ¶2-4)
Speech Quality: Choosing Information That Will Benefit Your Audience (be p. 233 ¶1-5)
No. 1: Laying Christ as the Foundation (be p. 278 ¶1-4)
No. 2: 1 Samuel 2:1-11
No. 3: Jesus Did Not Go to Heaven in a Physical Body (rs p. 334 ¶1-3)
No. 4: Why Genuine Christians Do Not Consult Horoscopes
Speech Quality: Use of Assigned Material (be p. 234 ¶1–p. 235 ¶3)
No. 1: This Good News of the Kingdom (be p. 279 ¶1-4)
No. 2: 1 Samuel 5:1-12
No. 3: Why Jesus Appeared in Materialized Bodies (rs p. 334 ¶4–p. 335 ¶2)
No. 4: How We Can Strengthen Our Friendship With Jehovah
Speech Quality: Effective Use of Questions (be p. 236 ¶1-5)
No. 1: Explaining What the Kingdom Is (be p. 280 ¶1-5)
No. 2: 1 Samuel 10:1-12
No. 3: How Should Christians Treat Loved Ones Who Do Not Share Their Faith?
No. 4: Those Resurrected to Rule With Christ Will Be Like Him (rs p. 335 ¶4–p. 336 ¶2)
Speech Quality: Questions to Introduce Important Thoughts (be p. 237 ¶1-2)
No. 1: Explaining How the Kingdom Affects Us (be p. 281 ¶1-4)
No. 2: w03 3/15 pp. 19-20 ¶17-21
No. 3: Why Christians Pay Their Taxes
No. 4: What the Resurrection Will Mean for Mankind in General (rs p. 336 ¶3–p. 337 ¶3)
Speech Quality: Questions to Reason on a Subject (be p. 237 ¶3–p. 238 ¶2)
No. 1: Why Education Is Important for Christians (w03 3/15 p. 10 ¶1–p. 11 ¶5)
No. 2: 1 Samuel 17:41-51
No. 3: Why Resurrected Ones Will Not Be Condemned for Their Past Deeds (rs p. 338 ¶1)
No. 4: Meditating on Consequences Can Help Us to Love What Is Good and Hate What Is Bad
Speech Quality: Questions to Draw Out Inner Feelings (be p. 238 ¶3-5)
No. 1: How Youths Can Make Spiritual Advancement (w03 4/1 pp. 8-10)
No. 2: 1 Samuel 20:24-34
No. 3: Why Genuine Modesty Is an Endearing Quality
No. 4: How the “Rest of the Dead” Come to Life on Earth (rs p. 338 ¶2–p. 339 ¶2)
Speech Quality: Questions to Add Emphasis (be p. 239 ¶1-2)
No. 1: Trust in Jehovah With All Your Heart (w03 11/1 pp. 4-7)
No. 2: w03 5/1 p. 17 ¶11-14
No. 3: Those Who Are Included in the Earthly Resurrection (rs p. 339 ¶3–p. 340 ¶3)
No. 4: Why the Abrahamic Covenant
Speech Quality: Questions to Expose Wrong Thinking (be p. 239 ¶3-5)
Speech Quality: Similes and Metaphors That Teach (be p. 240 ¶1–p. 241 ¶1)
No. 1: Education Is Not for Employment Only (w03 3/15 p. 11 ¶6–p. 14 ¶5)
No. 2: 2 Samuel 2:1-11
No. 3: The Events Associated With Christ’s Presence Take Place Over a Period of Years (rs p. 341 ¶1-2)
No. 4: The Many Benefits of Being Honest
Speech Quality: Using Examples (be p. 241 ¶2-4)
No. 1: Jehovah Is Genuinely Interested in Young People (w03 4/15 p. 29 ¶4–p. 31 ¶4)
No. 2: 2 Samuel 5:1-12
No. 3: What Did the Law Covenant Accomplish?
No. 4: Christ’s Return Is Invisible (rs p. 341 ¶3–p. 342 ¶2)
Speech Quality: Examples in Scripture (be p. 242 ¶1-2)
No. 1: Does Jehovah Notice What You Do? (w03 5/1 pp. 28-31)
No. 2: 2 Samuel 9:1-13
No. 3: The Manner of Jesus’ Return and How Every Eye Will See Him (rs p. 342 ¶4–p. 343 ¶5)
No. 4: In What Ways Is the Word of God Alive? (Heb. 4:12)
Speech Quality: Will It Be Understood? (be p. 242 ¶3–p. 243 ¶1)
No. 1: Noah’s Log—Does It Have Meaning for Us? (w03 5/15 pp. 4-7)
No. 2: 2 Samuel 13:10-22
No. 3: How Are We to Understand John 11:25, 26?
No. 4: Events Associated With the Presence of Christ (rs p. 344 ¶1-5)
Speech Quality: Illustrations From Familiar Situations (be p. 244 ¶1-2)
No. 1: Think Straight and Act Wisely (w03 7/15 pp. 21-3)
No. 2: w03 5/15 pp. 16-17 ¶8-11
No. 3: Christians Are Not Required to Keep the Sabbath (rs p. 345 ¶2–p. 346 ¶3)
No. 4: Why Humility Is Not a Weakness
Speech Quality: Illustrations Appropriate for Your Audience (be p. 244 ¶3–p. 245 ¶4)
No. 1: Appreciating the Purpose of Discipline (w03 10/1 p. 20 ¶1–p. 21 ¶5)
No. 2: 2 Samuel 19:1-10
No. 3: How Can a Christian Enter God’s Rest?
No. 4: No Bible Record of Adam’s Keeping a Sabbath Day (rs p. 346 ¶4–p. 347 ¶2)
Speech Quality: Effective Use of Visual Aids (be p. 247 ¶1-2)
No. 1: Be Teachable and Guard Your Tongue (w03 9/15 p. 21 ¶1–p. 22 ¶3)
No. 2: 2 Samuel 24:10-17
No. 3: Jesus Did Not Divide the Mosaic Law Into “Ceremonial” and “Moral” Parts (rs p. 347 ¶3–p. 348 ¶1)
No. 4: In What Ways Must a Christian Be Separate From the World?
Speech Quality: How Jesus Employed Visual Aids (be p. 247 ¶3)
No. 1: Learning the Secret of Self-Sufficiency (w03 6/1 pp. 8-11)
No. 2: w03 6/1 pp. 12-13 ¶1-4
No. 3: What Was Especially Significant About the Tenth Commandment?
No. 4: The Ten Commandments Passed Away With the Mosaic Law (rs p. 348 ¶2-3)
Speech Quality: Ways to Employ Visual Aids (be p. 248 ¶1-3)
Speech Quality: Using Maps, Printed Assembly Programs, and Videos (be p. 248 ¶4–p. 249 ¶2)
No. 1: Treasure Elderly Fellow Believers (w03 9/1 pp. 30-1)
No. 2: 1 Kings 8:1-13
No. 3: How Did Jesus Conquer the World?
No. 4: Why Moral Restraint Was Not Removed When the Ten Commandments Passed Away (rs p. 349 ¶1-2)
Speech Quality: Using Visual Aids for Larger Groups (be p. 249 ¶3–p. 250 ¶1)
No. 1: Evidence That Jesus Christ Walked the Earth (w03 6/15 pp. 4-7)
No. 2: 1 Kings 9:1-9
No. 3: What the Sabbath Means to Christians (rs p. 349 ¶3–p. 351 ¶2)
No. 4: Drug Addiction Can Be Overcome by Following Bible Principles
Speech Quality: Why a Reasoning Manner Is Important (be p. 251 ¶1-3)
No. 1: From Thoughts to Actions to Consequences (w03 1/15 p. 30 ¶1-3)
No. 2: 1 Kings 12:1-11
No. 3: How Faith Can Help Us to Meet Trials
No. 4: Whom the Bible Refers to as Saints (rs p. 352 ¶1–p. 353 ¶1)
Speech Quality: Where to Begin (be p. 251 ¶4–p. 252 ¶3)
No. 1: How to ‘Perceive What the Will of Jehovah Is’ (w03 12/1 p. 21 ¶3–p. 23 ¶3)
No. 2: w03 7/15 p. 19 ¶15-17
No. 3: Why We Do Not Pray to “Saints” (rs p. 353 ¶2-4)
No. 4: How Does the Holy Spirit Comfort Christians?
Speech Quality: When to Yield (be p. 252 ¶4–p. 253 ¶2)
No. 1: Youths, Walk Worthily of Jehovah (w03 10/15 p. 23 ¶1–p. 24 ¶1)
No. 2: 1 Kings 18:1-15
No. 3: All Christians Can Bear Much Fruit
No. 4: The Truth About Venerating Relics and Images of “Saints” (rs p. 354 ¶1–p. 355 ¶1)
Speech Quality: Asking Questions and Giving Reasons (be p. 253 ¶3–p. 254 ¶2)
No. 1: The Permanent Solution to Poverty (w03 8/1 pp. 4-7)
No. 2: 1 Kings 21:15-26
No. 3: True Christian Saints Are Not Free From Sin (rs p. 355 ¶2)
No. 4: Why Must We Have Courage, and How Can We Cultivate It?
Speech Quality: Sound Arguments Based Firmly on God’s Word (be p. 255 ¶1–p. 256 ¶2)
No. 1: You Received Free, Give Free (w03 8/1 pp. 20-2)
No. 2: 2 Kings 3:1-12
No. 3: Why Did People Before the Flood Live So Long?
No. 4: Universal Salvation Is Not Scriptural (rs p. 356 ¶3)
Speech Quality: Support Arguments by Corroborative Evidence (be p. 256 ¶3-5)
No. 1: Learning the Art of Being Tactful (w03 8/1 pp. 29-31)
No. 2: w03 8/1 p. 19 ¶18-22
No. 3: Will All Humans Eventually Be Saved? (rs p. 357 ¶1)
No. 4: What Good Qualities of Jonah Should We Emulate?
Speech Quality: Presenting Sufficient Evidence (be p. 256 ¶6–p. 257 ¶3)
Speech Quality: Effort to Reach the Heart (be p. 258 ¶1-5)
No. 1: Are You Earnestly Seeking Jehovah? (w03 8/15 pp. 25-8)
No. 2: 2 Kings 12:1-12
No. 3: Why Pursue Mildness?
No. 4: “All Sorts of Men” Will Be Saved (rs p. 357 ¶2)
Speech Quality: Drawing People Out (be p. 259 ¶1-3)
No. 1: What Did People Remember About Jesus? (w03 8/15 p. 6 ¶6–p. 8 ¶6)
No. 2: 2 Kings 16:10-20
No. 3: The Bible Says That Some Will Never Be Saved (rs p. 358 ¶1-3)
No. 4: How Can We Make Sure of What Is Acceptable to the Lord?
Speech Quality: Stirring Up Beneficial Feelings (be p. 259 ¶4–p. 260 ¶1)
No. 1: “Keep Holding the Pattern of Healthful Words” (w03 1/1 p. 29 ¶3–p. 30 ¶4)
No. 2: 2 Kings 19:20-28
No. 3: Once Saved Does Not Mean Always Saved (rs p. 358 ¶4–p. 359 ¶1)
No. 4: What Can We Learn From Our Christian Brothers in Ancient Smyrna?
Speech Quality: Helping Others to Cultivate Godly Fear (be p. 260 ¶2-3)
No. 1: The Bible and Its Canon—Part 1 (si p. 299 ¶1-6)
No. 2: w03 8/15 p. 20 ¶6-10
No. 3: We Are Optimistic About the Future
No. 4: Why Faith Must Have Works (rs p. 359 ¶2-5)
Speech Quality: Our Conduct Matters to God (be p. 260 ¶4–p. 261 ¶1)
No. 1: The Bible and Its Canon—Part 2 (si pp. 300-2 ¶7-16)
No. 2: 1 Chronicles 4:24-43
No. 3: How We Know There Really Is a Devil (rs p. 361 ¶2–p. 362 ¶2)
No. 4: Jehovah Loves Us as Individuals
Speech Quality: Helping Others to Make an Examination (be p. 261 ¶2-4)
No. 1: The Bible and Its Canon—Part 3 (si pp. 302-5 ¶17-26)
No. 2: 1 Chronicles 5:18-26
No. 3: What We Know About “the Day of Jehovah”
No. 4: Satan Is Not Just the Evil Within People (rs p. 362 ¶3–p. 363 ¶1)
Speech Quality: Promoting Heartfelt Obedience (be p. 262 ¶1-4)
No. 1: The Hebrew Text of the Holy Scriptures—Part 1 (si pp. 305-6 ¶1-5)
No. 2: 1 Chronicles 10:1-14
No. 3: God Did Not Create the Devil (rs p. 363 ¶2)
No. 4: With Whom Should We Be Tactful?
Speech Quality: Cooperating With Jehovah in Reaching People’s Hearts (be p. 262 ¶5)
No. 1: The Hebrew Text of the Holy Scriptures—Part 2 (si pp. 306-7 ¶6-9)
No. 2: w03 11/1 pp. 10-11 ¶10-13
No. 3: What It Really Means to Walk in Jehovah’s Name
No. 4: Why God Did Not Destroy Satan Promptly After He Rebelled (rs p. 363 ¶3–p. 364 ¶1)
Speech Quality: Achieving Good Timing (be p. 263 ¶1–p. 264 ¶4)
Speech Quality: Effective Exhortation (be p. 265 ¶1-3)
No. 1: The Hebrew Text of the Holy Scriptures—Part 3 (si pp. 307-10 ¶10-16)
No. 2: 1 Chronicles 22:1-10
No. 3: Do Not Underestimate the Devil’s Power (rs p. 364 ¶2–p. 365 ¶2)
No. 4: cHow Marriage Can Be Strengthened
Speech Quality: Exhorting on the Basis of Love (be p. 266 ¶1-4)
No. 1: The Hebrew Text of the Holy Scriptures—Part 4 (si pp. 310-12 ¶17-25)
No. 2: 1 Chronicles 29:1-9
No. 3: Why Jehovah’s Servants Are Persecuted
No. 4: Relief From Satan’s Wicked Influence Is Near (rs p. 365 ¶4–p. 366 ¶3)
Speech Quality: Exhortation Rooted in Scripture (be p. 267 ¶1-2)
No. 1: The Hebrew Text of the Holy Scriptures—Part 5 (si pp. 312-14 ¶26-31)
No. 2: 2 Chronicles 2:1-10
No. 3: Appreciate the Purpose of Discipline
Speech Quality: Having “Freeness of Speech” (be p. 267 ¶3-4)
No. 1: The Christian Greek Text of the Holy Scriptures—Part 1 (si pp. 315-16 ¶1-7)
No. 2: w03 12/1 pp. 15-16 ¶3-6
No. 3: How We Show That We Take Exquisite Delight in Jehovah
Speech Quality: Why It Is Important to Be Encouraging (be p. 268 ¶1-3)
No. 1: The Christian Greek Text of the Holy Scriptures—Part 2 (si pp. 316-17 ¶8-16)
No. 2: 2 Chronicles 12:1-12
No. 3: Why We Need God’s Undeserved Kindness
No. 4: Changes That Must Be Made to Please God (rs p. 369 ¶3–p. 370 ¶1)
Speech Quality: Calling to Mind What Jehovah Has Done (be p. 268 ¶4–p. 269 ¶2)
No. 1: The Christian Greek Text of the Holy Scriptures—Part 3 (si pp. 317-19 ¶17-25)
No. 2: 2 Chronicles 19:1-11
No. 3: Why a Perfect Man Could Sin (rs p. 371 ¶2–p. 372 ¶3)
No. 4: What We Can Learn From Jesus’ Family
Speech Quality: Showing How Jehovah Has Helped His People (be p. 269 ¶3-5)
No. 1: The Christian Greek Text of the Holy Scriptures—Part 4 (si pp. 319-20 ¶26-32)
No. 2: w03 12/15 pp. 16-17 ¶13-15
No. 3: Benefits From Learning the Secret of Self-Sufficiency
No. 4: Why We Recognize Sin for What It Is (rs p. 373 ¶1–p. 374 ¶1)
Speech Quality: Showing Delight in What God Is Doing Now (be p. 270 ¶1–p. 271 ¶2)
a As time permits, consider responses to assertions, objections, and so forth, that will best meet needs in the local territory.
b As time permits, consider responses to assertions, objections, and so forth, that will best meet needs in the local territory.
c Assign to brothers only.
d Assign to brothers only.
e Assign to brothers only.