The Role of the Circuit Overseer – Jehovah’s Witnesses

The Role of the Circuit Overseer

According to JW.org, the circuit overseers were formerly known as Circuit Servants; Servants to the Brethren; Zone Servants; Regional Servants; Regional Service Directors; Pilgrims; Tower Tract Society Representatives. Yet, they used to have men in place known as district overseers, but they no longer exist within the organization. This title was done away with some years ago and these men lost their jobs of oversight.

Interestingly, if these terms are Biblical as they assert, they would never be able to do away with them. For example, the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society compares their work to that of Barnabas and the apostle Paul by referring to them as traveling overseers, visiting the early congregations.

Yet, it is a well-known fact that the role of the circuit overseer is to check up on congregation activity in the circuit to monitor their field service activity, check up on the financial status, ensure that elders are carrying out their responsibilities and appoint ministerial servants and elders in the congregation.

When the apostle Paul went about his traveling work, he did not check up on how much time was spent in the field ministry because there was no such thing as counting time in the Bible.

This podcast helps viewers to understand the true role of the circuit overseer by encouraging them to think critically and to recognize that these roles are man-made, middle management positions.

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