Secret Elders book LEAK | 2019 version Shepherd the Flock of God

The Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses have authorised today the release of a 274 page fully revised and updated 2019 PDF version of their secret elders book “Shepherd the Flock of God”.

Within minutes of the highly controlled release of the Shepherd book it has been leaked onto the internet.

Instructions have also been issued to all elders that “use of the Index to Letters for Bodies of Elders (S-22) and the letters referenced therein has been discontinued. Any printed or electronic copies of such documents should be destroyed.”

Elders that require a printed copy of the Shepherd book (item number 5436 or the mnemonic sfl) will be sent a copy “wrapped to ensure confidentiality” and delivered to the coordinator of the body of elders.

Digital revisions of the Shepherd book will be released every six months. Significant policy adjustments will be biannual.

LINK 1. SHEPHERD BOOK PDF DOWNLOAD

UK Addendum LINK

LINK 2. SHEPHERD BOOK PDF DOWNLOAD

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JW Leaks Redux | We are back for 2019 with a Scandal

Watchtower New York Scandal

To kick off 2019, JW Leaks have published a 37 page unredacted file on all Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc., properties sold in the State of New York, between April 2004 and December 2018, for a Grand Total of US$2,081,520,000 (over 2 billion US dollars).

DOWNLOAD: Watchtower New York Brooklyn real estate transfers

This document contains the Real Property Transfer Report for all Watchtower New York sales as well as the sale price, seller, purchaser, and the date of transfer.

Some US$1.8 billion of sales occurred from 2012 onwards, after Watchtower New York lost the Candace Conti case, and the jury awarded her US$28,000,001 which was later reduced by agreement between parties following an appeal.

About JW Leaks

JW Leaks is about openness, transparency and accountability within the Church of Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Watch Tower Society.

JW Leaks exposes and holds accountable the Watch Tower Society and those leaders within the Jehovah’s Witnesses organization that disregard or violate the laws of the land, and that cause harm to sections of the community.

JW Leaks receives funding and financial donations from Say Sorry. Supporting Say Sorry helps support JW Leaks.

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Jehovah’s Witnesses Branch Correspondence Guidelines

Confidential Branch Correspondence Guidelines

“These Guidelines, provided to assist in answering correspondence, are to be kept confidential. Do not duplicate or photocopy them.” – introduction to Correspondence Guidelines

This 2011 update, 118 page PDF document, contains the Watchtower Society’s rules governing the rules of Jehovah’s Witnesses in relation to many subjects, including:

  • Apostasy
  • Blood
  • Bloodguilt
  • Bribery
  • Clothing and Grooming
  • Court, Taking a Brother To
  • Disassociation
  • Disfellowshipping
  • Divorce
  • Employment
  • Family Affairs
  • Fines
  • Head Covering
  • Illegal Activities
  • Legal Matters
  • Marriage
  • Medical and Health Treatment
  • Self-Defence
  • Sexual Conduct
  • Spiritism
  • Taxes
  • Wrongdoing, Handling Cases of

DOWNLOAD LINK: JW Correspondence Guidelines

RELATED CONFIDENTIAL MANUALS

Guidelines for Branch Service Desk (2011)

Circuit Organization Guidelines

Circuit Overseer Guidelines

Branch Organisation Manual (2015)

Branch Organisation Guidelines Revision (2016)

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Watchtower of Britain found liable for actions of child rapist Peter Stewart

Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Britain, the Body of Elders in the Loughborough Blackbrook Congregation, and the Body of Elders in the Loughborough Southwood Congregation have been found liable for the actions of child rapist Peter Stewart.

FROM THE HIGH COURT JUDGMENT OF  THE HONOURABLE MR JUSTICE GLOBE

[2015] EWHC 1722 (QB)

19 June 2015

3. The claimant, who is now 29 years of age, claims damages for personal injury and loss arising out of being sexually assaulted by Peter Stewart, now deceased, between 1989 and 1994, when she was between about the ages of 4 and 9. Quantum has been agreed subject to liability.

4. The first defendants are the over-arching body of the second and third defendants. It is common ground that, if the second and/or third defendants are liable, then the first defendants will satisfy the judgment on behalf of the other defendants. The Blackbrook and Southwood Jehovah’s Witness Congregations are the direct or indirect successors of the congregation that was originally known as the Loughborough Limehurst Jehovah’s Witness Congregation, then split into two congregations known as the Limehurst Jehovah’s Witness Congregation and the Garendon Park Jehovah’s Witness Congregation, which congregations are central to the factual matrix of the case…

Vicarious liability

124. That leaves the issue of vicarious liability for the elders. As summarised earlier in paragraphs 10-18, the elders had additional responsibilities to those held by ministerial servants. They were even closer and more integrated with congregational issues than were ministerial servants. They had a spiritual role and partly exercised that role, via the judicial committee, and decisions of the body consequent upon decisions of the judicial committee. The decisions that emanated from the judicial committee and thereafter from the body of elders were a fundamental part of the role of the elders within the organisation. The second and third defendants are the trustees and successors of the Garendon Park and Limehurst Congregations. They are unincorporated associations who have taken over the responsibility of the congregations. In circumstances where, having applied the two-stage test, I have already found they are vicariously liable for the actions of Peter Stewart, I also find they are vicariously liable for the actions of the elders in relation to the above breach of duty arising from the findings of the judicial committee in 1990.

Decision

125. For all of these reasons, I am satisfied that the defendants should be held responsible for what Peter Stewart did between 1989 and 1994. The claim succeeds. Judgment should be entered for the claimant. An order will need to be drawn up to reflect the agreement as to quantum.

Download Judgment:

A v Watchtower Britain and Loughborough Blackbrook Congregation – [2015] EWHC 1722 (QB) – pdf

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Candace Conti v Watchtower – Court of Appeal Decision

COURT OF APPEAL DECISION – 13 APRIL 2015

Conti v Watchtower – Appeals Court Final Decision (April 13, 2015) – pdf

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COURT DOCUMENTS DAMAGING TO WATCHTOWER SOCIETY’S REPUTATION

Body of Elders letter introducing child abuser to new congregation – pdf

Letters between Body of Elders and Watchtower over Kendrick – pdf

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COURT DOCUMENTS RELATED TO THE CASE

LINK  Documents and court records relating to the case of “Candace Conti v. Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York & North Fremont Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses”

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Conti v Watchtower Appeals Judgment 2015

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