Preaching and Teaching Earth Wide—2008 Grand Totals
EACH year, we read in this publication about the efforts being made to help people come to know and love Jehovah God. The scope and scale of this work is unprecedented. No organization could possibly afford to pay millions of people to proclaim any message to such a vast, international audience. Yet, in their work of Bible education, Jehovah’s Witnesses desire no financial reward. They adhere to the instruction Jesus gave to his disciples nearly two thousand years ago: “You received free, give free.” (Matt. 10:8) As you meditate on what has been accomplished in the past service year, pause to consider that it has been done by those who unselfishly and freely give because they are motivated to respond to God’s love.
2008 Grand Totals
Branches of Jehovah’s Witnesses: 115
Number of Lands Reporting: 236
Total Congregations: 103,267
Worldwide Memorial Attendance: 17,790,631
Memorial Partakers Worldwide: 9,986
Peak of Publishers in Kingdom Service: 7,124,443
Average Publishers Preaching Each Month: 6,829,455
Percentage of Increase Over 2007: 2.1
Total Number Baptized: 289,678
Average Auxiliary Pioneer Publishers Each Month: 321,986
Average Pioneer Publishers Each Month: 732,912
Total Hours Spent in Field: 1,488,658,249
Average Home Bible Studies Each Month: 7,133,760
During the 2008 service year, Jehovah’s Witnesses spent over $141 million in caring for special pioneers, missionaries, and traveling overseers in their field service assignments.
▪ Worldwide, a total of 19,820 ordained ministers staff the branch facilities. All are members of the Worldwide Order of Special Full-Time Servants of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
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2008 SERVICE YEAR REPORT OF JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES WORLDWIDE
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