Each month, Jehovah’s Witnesses have to fill out a timesheet, just as if you were on a regular job. And on that timesheet, you have to put how many hours you spent talking to people about God. You have to indicate how many books left with people, how many magazines left and how many people they had returned to visit. And then they have to sign their name and turn it in.
The religious leaders of the religion make the claim that the reason why Jehovah’s Witnesses count time is so that they can better manage their resources. Like if they need to buy more presses or if they need to buy more paper to print more books and magazines or know what area of the country people are placing more magazines and books.
It’s interesting how the Watchtower always encourages people to look at the foundation or the history as to where a particular teaching comes from. Because Jehovah’s Witnesses have a tendency to deny that counting time is a requirement.
When Jehovah’s Witnesses were first told by the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society all over the world, that they would now be required to turn in the amount of time that they talked to people about God, many of the people said you’ve got to be kidding. It became an issue to the point where the Watchtower writers had to address it. People on the Watchtower editorial staff sat in meetings trying to find ways to convince Jehovah’s Witnesses around the world, that they need to turn in their time. They did so by coming out and making the statement that this is a requirement of God.