Jehovah`s Witness/Preaching


Can a woman get up and preach in a Kingdom Hall? I know that no one is a ordained pastor in Jw congregations is that right?

Hello, Timothy.  Thank you for your question.  I hope all is well for you.

Women do not get up and preach at the Kingdom Hall, and do not assume a leadership position in the congregation.  On the other hand, the JW religion refers to ALL of its adherents who go door-to-door, as "preachers", or "ministers".  So, in that sense, they have women preachers.  In the sense of a woman assuming a leadership role at the meetings, or conducting the WT study, or giving a public talk for the purpose of teaching, that role belongs to the men.  And as far as I know, a woman does not ever have "microphone duty" during the WT study, either.

Women do, however, give presentations. or public demonstrations.  When I was growing up at the KH, this would usually be in the form of something like a skit.....Basically, a scenario that might be encountered by a JW (at school, work, or in field service), will be acted out on stage, and this demonstration will usually deal with how a Witness should handle the situation.  Women do play parts in the public demonstrations.

The fact is, JWs don't have ordained pastors, per se.  They have elders and ministerial servants.  Exactly what role each of those play, would be a question to ask a JW, or Robert Jones, as he himself is very familiar with how the congregation is run.  

I haven't been to a JW meeting in nearly 30 years now, but that is my recollection of things.

Thanks for writing, and take care.


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I was raised in the religion known as Jehovah`s Witnesses for 13 years. Since becoming a born-again Christian, I have researched extensively this religion, especially their doctrines and their history. I can answer questions about their doctrines from the perspective of Biblical Christianity. To be clear: Jehovahs Witnesses is the religion of my upbringing, though I myself was never baptized into the religion, nor have I ever been considered as a Jehovahs Witness.


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