Jehovah’s Witnesses are knocking on doors again
Jehovah’s Witnesses resumed door-to-door ministry beginning September 1, when a 2½-year suspension from work was officially lifted. It’s just in time to launch a global campaign with a new interactive Bible study program.
The decision to resume their door-to-door ministry marks the full restoration of all pre-pandemic in-person activities for the 1.3 million Jehovah’s Witnesses in approximately 13,000 congregations in the United States.
Houses of worship, Kingdom Halls, reopened on April 1, witnessing in public places resumed on May 31, and in-person conventions are again scheduled for 2023.
“I can’t wait to knock on my first door,” said Eric Sowell.
Another devotee, Shavon Sowell, added: “Writing letters and calling are wonderful ways to check on people, but there’s nothing quite like seeing a person’s face and their expressions.
The suspension of the prosecution was a proactive response by the organization to ensure the safety of communities and worshipers. The move was also unprecedented. Jehovah’s Witnesses had preached from house to house without interruption for more than 100 years through an economic depression, two world wars and worldwide troubles. But COVID-19 demanded a different response.
“We believe the early decision to close all in-person activities for more than two years saved many lives,” said Robert Hendriks, U.S. spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses. “We are now ready and eager to reconnect with our neighbors – person to person, face to face. It’s not the only way we preach, but it has always been the most effective way to deliver our message of comfort and hope.
The restoration of the public ministry coincides with a worldwide campaign to distribute a new interactive Bible study program available free of charge in hundreds of languages. The program comes in the form of a book, an online publication, or as a feature integrated into the organization’s free mobile app. Launched in late 2020, the interactive study platform combines text, video, illustrations and digital worksheets to help learners of all ages.
“This new curriculum is designed to meet the learning needs of the 21st century student,” Hendriks said. “We are excited to start sharing it with our neighbors as we resume our personal visits.”
The pandemic has forced Jehovah’s Witnesses to quickly shift to virtual meetings and conventions, while ministering exclusively through letters, phone calls and virtual Bible studies. This has led to an increase in meeting attendance and church attendance, with more than 400,000 newly baptized Witnesses joining the ranks of 120,000 congregations worldwide in the first two years of the pandemic alone.
For more information about Jehovah’s Witnesses, visit jw.org.