2013 Survey: Serving Elders (Not Anointed)

Who can answer this Survey?

  • Those who WERE baptized as Jehovah’s Witnesses
  • Those who ARE regularly reporting field service each month
  • Those who ARE currently serving as ELDERS
  • Those who are NOT currently disfellowshipped or disassociated
  • Those who are NOT memorial partakers (of the anointed)

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If you meet all of the above criteria, please continue . . .

When ready, please answer the following questions:

In what capacity do you currently serve as an elder? (Tick one)

  • Another congregational role (64%, 16 Votes)
  • Congregation Secretary (16%, 4 Votes)
  • Coordinator of the Body of Elders (16%, 4 Votes)
  • Service Overseer (4%, 1 Votes)
  • My work at Bethel precludes me from any of the above roles (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Traveling Overseer (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 25

Do you serve in any of these other roles? (Tick any that apply - max 6)

  • RBC volunteer (47%, 7 Votes)
  • Regular Pioneer (40%, 6 Votes)
  • Regular auxiliary pioneer (33%, 5 Votes)
  • MTS/BSSB Graduate (13%, 2 Votes)
  • Bethel Volunteer (7%, 1 Votes)
  • District Overseer (7%, 1 Votes)
  • An assignment at a branch / country office (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Special Pioneer (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Branch / Country Committee member (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Hospital Liaison Committee member (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Circuit Overseer (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Missionary (0%, 0 Votes)
  • An assignment at world headquarters (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 15

Have you ever served on a judicial committee?

  • Yes (95%, 21 Votes)
  • No (5%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 22

Have you ever regretted a decision that you have arrived at on a judicial committee?

  • Yes (76%, 16 Votes)
  • No (24%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 21

What factors do you feel motivate elders to serve? (Tick any that apply)

  • A desire to help and shepherd the flock (76%, 19 Votes)
  • An ambition to succeed (48%, 12 Votes)
  • A desire for prominence (44%, 11 Votes)
  • A desire to fulfill people's expectations (44%, 11 Votes)
  • A desire to teach from God's word in an expanded way (40%, 10 Votes)
  • A desire to comfort those in distress (36%, 9 Votes)
  • A desire to set a good example (36%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 25

How many years have you been a baptized Witness? (From your baptism to now, or until you left the organization)

  • 10 to 25 years (61%, 14 Votes)
  • 25 to 40 years (30%, 7 Votes)
  • More than 40 years (9%, 2 Votes)
  • Less than 5 years (0%, 0 Votes)
  • 5 to 10 years (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 23

Have you ever been the subject of a judicial committee hearing?

  • No (79%, 19 Votes)
  • Yes (21%, 5 Votes)
  • I was summoned, but I didn't attend (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 24

Have you ever been REINSTATED into the organization just so that you could have contact with your family again, and for no other reason?

  • No (95%, 20 Votes)
  • Yes (5%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 21

What is your personal stance on blood?

  • I refuse whole blood transfusions, but accept treatment with fractions (54%, 13 Votes)
  • Secretly, I would accept treatment with blood if my life was at stake (21%, 5 Votes)
  • I would rather not say (17%, 4 Votes)
  • I refuse blood in all forms (8%, 2 Votes)
  • I openly accept all forms of treatment with blood (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 24

At the Annual Meeting on October 5th, 2012, a “new understanding” revealed that Governing Body alone may be considered as being the Faithful & Discreet Slave. What do you think? (Tick any that apply)

  • It was a cynical attempt at consolidating control of the organization (65%, 15 Votes)
  • They are now no different than the Pope (43%, 10 Votes)
  • I don’t understand how it could take 93+ years to cleanse the organization (43%, 10 Votes)
  • It was a response to the increasing number of memorial partakers (39%, 9 Votes)
  • I thought the Governing Body was the Faithful Slave before this (30%, 7 Votes)
  • It makes no difference to me (26%, 6 Votes)
  • I agree with it, it makes total sense (9%, 2 Votes)
  • They should have shared it in the publications first (9%, 2 Votes)
  • Who are we to argue? It’s Jesus Christ’s decision (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 23

What part of the world are you living in now?

  • Europe (55%, 12 Votes)
  • North America (41%, 9 Votes)
  • Asia (5%, 1 Votes)
  • Central America (0%, 0 Votes)
  • South America (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Africa (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Middle East (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Oceania (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Other (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 22

ONLY IF you consider yourself to be an "apostate," what are your thoughts towards Jehovah's Witnesses? (Tick any that apply - max 8)

  • I would like to see the Watch Tower Society drastically change its damaging policies (70%, 7 Votes)
  • The Governing Body know what they are doing, and they should be held to account for their actions (60%, 6 Votes)
  • I have nothing against Jehovah's Witnesses, but I would like to see the Watch Tower Society dissolved (50%, 5 Votes)
  • I love Jehovah's Witnesses, and I am concerned that they are being misled (40%, 4 Votes)
  • If someone still wants to be one of Jehovah's Witnesses despite knowing the real truth, I am OK with this (20%, 2 Votes)
  • I would rather not say what I think, it would be too offensive (20%, 2 Votes)
  • How dare they call me "mentally diseased"? (10%, 1 Votes)
  • I would like to draw them off as followers after myself (0%, 0 Votes)
  • I hate all Jehovah's Witnesses (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 10

Do you believe that Jehovah's Witnesses represent God's spirit-directed organization?

  • No (52%, 11 Votes)
  • Unsure (29%, 6 Votes)
  • Yes (19%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 21

Do you believe that elders are appointed by Holy Spirit?

  • No (73%, 16 Votes)
  • Unsure (18%, 4 Votes)
  • Yes (9%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 22

Do you believe that the Watch Tower Society can (or should) be reformed?

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Do you believe that the 144,000 mentioned in Revelation is a literal number?

  • No (62%, 13 Votes)
  • Unsure (24%, 5 Votes)
  • Yes (14%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 21

Do you believe that you are free to express a difference of opinion within the Witness faith?

  • No (86%, 18 Votes)
  • Yes (10%, 2 Votes)
  • Unsure (5%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 21

Do you believe the legal entities of Jehovah's Witnesses should enjoy charitable or non-profit status?

  • No (50%, 10 Votes)
  • Yes (50%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 20

Have you ever known or heard of one of Jehovah's Witnesses committing or attempting suicide?

  • Yes (95%, 19 Votes)
  • No (5%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 20

Have you ever researched Jehovah's Witnesses on the Internet?

  • Yes (95%, 19 Votes)
  • No (5%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 20

Do you believe that the Watch Tower Society can (or should be) reformed?

  • The Society should undergo reform, but I cannot see it happening (65%, 13 Votes)
  • The Society shouldn’t be reformed, it should be dissolved entirely (25%, 5 Votes)
  • Yes, I believe there is a realistic hope of the Society undergoing major reform (5%, 1 Votes)
  • No, the Society doesn't need to reform in any way (5%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 20

Please continue by answering the following questions about the Watchtower’s beliefs and practices:

Which of the following beliefs / practices of Jehovah's Witnesses do you DISAGREE with (if any)?

  • Young people are not to pursue higher education (90%, 19 Votes)
  • Bible prophecy: Christ appointed Rutherford and his associates to be the “Faithful and Discreet Slave” over his “domestics” in 1919 (90%, 19 Votes)
  • Pedophilia: treated as a judicial matter rather than a crime (90%, 19 Votes)
  • Apostates are “mentally diseased” (86%, 18 Votes)
  • Beards are frowned upon, brothers with beards not used to give convention presentations (86%, 18 Votes)
  • Bible prophecy: the anointed “generation” of Matthew 24:32-34 “overlaps” with those anointed ones who witness the Great Tribulation (81%, 17 Votes)
  • Past mistakes and future refinements are due to “increasing light” from God’s holy spirit (81%, 17 Votes)
  • Sisters who are beaten by their husbands are not entitled to a divorce. They must remain married to their abuser (or present evidence of adultery for a divorce) if they wish to remain in the faith. (81%, 17 Votes)
  • Pedophiles: not automatically prohibited from becoming an elder or ministerial servant in the future (see Oct 1st 2012 B.O.E. letter) (81%, 17 Votes)
  • The Governing Body is God’s sole channel of communication (81%, 17 Votes)
  • Armageddon is imminent, and only Jehovah’s Witnesses will survive (81%, 17 Votes)
  • Witnesses who leave are to be shunned by family members if they are old enough to leave home (81%, 17 Votes)
  • Outside literature or any other form of information is NOT to be consulted when researching bible teachings, ONLY Watchtower publications are to be recommended. (81%, 17 Votes)
  • Young people should not be involved in extra curricular sports (81%, 17 Votes)
  • Pedophiles: two witnesses required to convince elders of molestation (81%, 17 Votes)
  • Pedophiles: names kept confidential from the congregation unless the Branch Office decides otherwise (see Oct 1st 2012 B.O.E. letter) (76%, 16 Votes)
  • The Society should dictate what goes on in the bedroom between a married couple (76%, 16 Votes)
  • Reporting of the number of hours spent in the preaching work (76%, 16 Votes)
  • The Governing Body is the Faithful and Discreet Slave (76%, 16 Votes)
  • Giving no minimum age for baptism, which leads to many in their early teens (or even younger) getting baptized oblivious to the full ramifications of this decision. (71%, 15 Votes)
  • Disfellowshipped teenagers are comparable to Nadab and Abihu, the Israelite priests who were struck dead by Jehovah for offering illegitimate fire on behalf of the entire congregation (71%, 15 Votes)
  • The insistence on 607 BCE for the fall of Jerusalem, contrary to commonly-accepted historical evidence (71%, 15 Votes)
  • Bible prophecy: most prophecies in Revelation and Daniel for the ‘last days’ fulfilled in early 20th Century (71%, 15 Votes)
  • Bible prophecy: Christ began ruling as king in heaven in 1914 (67%, 14 Votes)
  • Masturbation is wrong (67%, 14 Votes)
  • Celebrating birthdays is wrong (62%, 13 Votes)
  • Jesus Christ is only a mediator for the 144,000, and not for any members of the Great Crowd (57%, 12 Votes)
  • Whole blood transfusions are to be refused, even if life is at stake (52%, 11 Votes)
  • Any toys with magical connotations (such as Sparlock) should be thrown away (52%, 11 Votes)
  • The treatment of women in the organization (48%, 10 Votes)
  • Only those who are spirit-anointed should partake of the memorial emblems (33%, 7 Votes)
  • Refusal to accept aspects of evolutionary theory (19%, 4 Votes)
  • Christmas is to be rejected as a pagan celebration, even though wedding rings also have pagan origins (19%, 4 Votes)
  • Others that are not mentioned above (please specify in the comments box below) (5%, 1 Votes)
  • None. I agree with all teachings and practices contained in Watchtower publications (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 21

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One Response to 2013 Survey: Serving Elders (Not Anointed)

  1. I am a “free mind”; I am no any religion believer… I don’t like to support any supposed christian religion like: catholic, protestant, pentecostal, carismatic, baptist and so on… I prefer to believe what I can prove and what I like to read.

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