and he may retain it as long as he continues to serve as an
elder in any congregation. At such time as he should cease
to serve in that capacity, his copy of the book must be
handed over to the Congregation Service Committee,
since this publication is congregation property. No copies
are to be made of any part of this publication.
WATCHTOWER BIBLE AND TRACT SOCIETY OF NEW YORK, INC.
INTERNATIONAL BIBLE STUDENTS ASSOCIATION
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
Prior editions in English: 1977, 1979, 1981
Unless otherwise indicated, New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures - With References is used.
"Pay Attention to Yourselves an to All the Flock" English (ks91-E) Made in the United States of America
|The Purpose of the Textbook||9|
|UNIT 1 (a) Imitate Jehovah, the Shepherd and Overseer of Our Souls||10|
|UNIT 1 (b) Loving Overseers Working With the Congregation||19|
|UNIT 2 (a) How Overseers Teach||31|
|UNIT 2 (b) Teaching at Congregation Meetings||38|
|UNIT 3 (a) Be Whole-Souled in the Evangelizing Work||50|
|UNIT 3 (b) Help Your Brothers to Reach All by Evangelizing||57|
|UNIT 4 (a) How the Elders Work Together as a Body||64|
|UNlT 4 (b) Our Loving Heavenly Overseer Provides Counsel and Discipline for All||82|
|UNIT 5 (a) Overseers 'Ruling for Justice Itself'||90|
|UNIT 5 (b) Sharing on a Judicial Committee||107|
|UNlT 5 (c) Handling Cases of Wrongdoing With Wisdom and Mercy [part 2] [part 3]||118|
|UNIT 6 (a) Jehovah's People Theocratically Organized for His Name||144|
|UNIT 6 (b) Under "the Law of the Christ"||152|
As appointed elders and Christian overseers, you have been given the responsi-
bility to ensure that the flock is well fed. (Compare John 21:15-17.) Among other
things, this calls for teaching the congregation as a whole through instructive
meetings. It also involves appropriate teaching on a personal basis to enlighten, give
counsel, exhort, and reprove. Improving your ability as teachers is given special
consideration in this publication.
Another important part of an overseer's work involves taking the lead in field
service. Therefore, emphasis is placed on your regular participation in the public
ministry and on how you can help others to have a meaningful share.
With so many outside pressures bearing on the brothers, you are often faced
with matters involving counsel and judgment. How can you be sure that you are
viewing matters from Jehovah's standpoint? When judging cases that come to your
attention, how can you be balanced in showing loving concern for the brothers
involved while making sure that Jehovah's righteousness is upheld? This publication
gives these matters careful consideration.
Material from the three original segments of "Pay Attention to Yourselves and to
All the Flock, " published in 1977, 1979, and 1981, has been combined and updated.
The outline presentation of the information has been retained. This facilitates
locating particular points that you may need to find quickly. Thus the book will
continue to serve as a handbook to be used in connection with elders' meetings,
judicial matters, and the periodically conducted Kingdom Ministry School.
The wide margins and other blank spaces and pages have been provided so that
you can make appropriate notes for your personal use and can add references as
related information is published or otherwise brought to your attention. If it should
become necessary to make substantial revisions at a future dale, the Society will
issue revised information on individual pages that can be conveniently inserted,
thus keeping the information in the book up-to-date.
We are confident that you greatly appreciate your privilege of serving Jehovah's
people as undershepherds of God's flock. Your life is filled with many responsibili-
ties; you are also subject to many pressures. On the other hand, you receive many
blessings and much joy. May you find the information in this handbook to be
helpful in caring for your assigned duties. And may your faithful service continue
to bring refreshment and strength to the flock of God, your brothers.Isa. 32:2.