Jehovah's Witnesses Glossary

One of the major publications of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society.
Bible Students
Original name of Jehovah's Witnesses.
Organization of about 20 congregations. {1}
Another name for a Jehovah's Witnesses congregation. {2}
Group of no more than 200 Witnesses meeting at a Kingdom Hall. {1}
Organization of about 10 circuits. {1}
Leader of a congregation. {1}
holy spirit
A divine force, not a person as in Trinitarian Christianity. {3}
Governing Body
"A central group of experienced elders who oversee the worldwide congregation." {4}
(Also "Jehovah God.") The name of God, strongly emphasized by Witnesses.
Kingdom Hall
The meeting place and house of worship of Jehovah's Witnesses. They are usually simple and austere. {4}
kingdom publishers
Majority of Jehovah's Witnesses. Expected to spend five hours per week at meetings in Kingdom Hall and as much time as possible witnessing. {2}
special pioneers
Full-time, salaried employees of the Watchtower Society, who spent at least 150 hours per month in religious service. {2}
pioneer publishers
Jehovah's Witnesses who hold part-time jobs and try to devote 100 hours per month to religious service. {2}
The Watchtower
(Full title: The Watchtower Announcing Jehovah's Kingdom.) Small magazine/tract published semimonthly by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York. Its stated purpose is to exalt Jehovah God and keep watch on world events as they fulfill Bible prophecy. {5}
Watchtower Bible and Tract Society
"A legal organization in use by Jehovah's Witnesses." {6}


  1. "Beliefs: Membership and Organization,"
  2. "Jehovah's Witness," Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of World Religions (Merriam-Webster, 1999).
  3. "Lesson 11: Beliefs and Customs that Displease God,"
  4. "Lesson 14: How Jehovah's Witnesses are Organized,"
  5. Inside cover of The Watchtower.
  6. Footer on home page,