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JW Elders Book – “Shepherd the Flock of God” explains Judicial Committee and Disfellowship Procedures

In 2010, a new Elder’s book – “Shepherd the Flock of God” – was released.  You can find a copy by clicking here.   A large portion of the book is devoted to the procedure for judicial committees and disfellowshipping.  This book is for elders only, as made clear in Letter to Elders, August 23, 2010, which states:  “The information is designed for use by the elders only, and other individuals should not have any opportunity to read the information.”

Sisters are not allowed to even bind it under supervision, as directed in the following quote from the Letter to Elders, October 7, 2010:

“There is no objection if an elder personally spiral binds or laminates his own textbook or does so for other elders. If he has another baptized brother who is not an elder do the work for him, the elder must watch while the work is being done. Outside companies, unbelievers, or sisters are not permitted to do this work. The material in the book is confidential, and confidentiality must be preserved.”


Here is a summary of the chapters covered.

Chapter 1: Shepherd the Flock of God
Chapter 2: How Elders Work Together as a Body
Chapter 3: Appointment and Deletion of Elders and Ministerial Servants
Chapter 4: Assisting Those Who Are Weak
Chapter 5: Determining Whether a Judicial Committee Should Be Formed
Chapter 6: Preparing for the Judicial Hearing
Chapter 7: Judicial Hearing Procedure
Chapter 8: Appeal Hearing Procedure
Chapter 9: Implications of Disassociation
Chapter 10: Matters Related to Disfellowshipped and Disassociated Ones
Chapter 11: Reinstatement Committee Procedure
Chapter 12: Clarifications and Guidelines on Handling Certain Matters


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94 comments to JW Elders Book – “Shepherd the Flock of God” explains Judicial Committee and Disfellowship Procedures

  • noneedto haveit

    dearest one,

    Shepherding the Flock book is intended to use in a proper way of handling matters. This is for JW’s only & not for anyone else there. This book is Only for TRUE Christians inspired by God JEHOVAH.

    You may visit http://www.jw.org to know more about the TRUE RELIGION.

    • Jacqueline

      noneedtohaveit, thank you so much for commenting. Please feel free to read articles here and if you have questions we will try to answer them.
      The watchtower publications are printed with voluntary tax exempt contributions from the public and their books, tracts and literature is offered at no cost by them. Reviewing the Flock book helps them to make a decision on whether they can obey the additional rules of the organization before joining.
      We however accept only the Bible as inspired by God and it’s instructions on Christian conduct,love and forgiveness. Thank you.

    • Dundee

      Dear Noneedtohaveit,
      I appreciate your zeal for JW & your feelings that they are the Only True Christians. I am sure you are very devoted to the worship of Jehovah & following in the footsteps of Christ Jesus. So am I as well. I commend you for your loyalty.I have been associating with these Bible Students for a few months & I am personally amazed with my own eyes seeing them at their sincerity & their devotion to Jehovah God. There is no way they cannot be inspired by Jehovah!I had been a JW elder for some time & would try my best to follow the direction of proceedures found in this secret book. Being an imperfect world with imperfect ppl the direction is not always followed.And I would eyewitness sum atrocities.As free moral agents, it is important that individuals recognize what they are joining if they’re seeking to join an organization of any kind,to see whats involved.Can they live up to its requirements?I believe these Bible Students here on this site are sincerely trying to help others to make a consciencious choice, before they mite not of realized whats involved & then recognize there is no safe way out emotionally. This mite be fine for sum & not fine for others.But we all have free will to decide for ourselves. These individuals are human beings created by Jehovah also that will no doubt benefit from Jehovahs mercy with the whole human race.There is no way our God doesnt recognize them as his followers.If there is a doubt in your heart then come & fellowship with them.They have treated me & my family with Christlike love & respect.They are very careful not to condemn others to destruction so fast. They dont use methods of fear,guilt & shame making ppl feel worthless in Gods eyes.That is something I havent felt how good that feels to my soul in a Very L-o-n-g time.Jesus said you would recognize his true followers by the LOVE they would display. & also a Worthless tree cannot produce fine fruit,by their fruits you will recognize them.That is scriptural!Our God reads their hearts & even down deep into the kidneys.These Bible Students ARE true followers of Christ & our Heavenly Father Jehovah.My prayers to the Father have been answered.Please pray for Him to let You see if thats true or not.Never underestimate the Power of Prayer.

  • Rob

    do you have the flock book in epub or mobi format?

  • Rob

    Can I get a copy of that flock book…

  • Allison

    Can I please get a copy of the shepard book. I have had a JW lady come to my house for about a year now, super nice lady by the way. I have had questions about some of the things they teach. For instance the 144,000 who go to heaven when in the bible it says 12,000 of a tribe, several times to make up the 144,000. When I asked her why the bible said that and not who she says, she didnt have an answer. I by no way putting down the JW, I just have questions that cant be answered. Also, how can you believe somebody who says they are of the 144,000?

    • Jacqueline

      Hello Allison, I sent you the book, this enables you to be familiar with the inner workings of the organization before you join. These are the additional procedures to the bible that you might encounter.
      The book is not doctrinal however, just procedures on how to handle problems in the congregation, the authorities, etc.
      This is not the view of the witnesses exactly but here is info on the subject of the heavenly calling. http://www.friendsofjehovahswitnesses.com/category/the-anointed/

      I don’t think any of us could answer all your questions concerning the 12,000, especially a rank and file JW, but I hope this helps in your journey and quest to get to know more about Jehovah God and his son Jesus. Take Care Allison. Jacqueline

  • Monkeynurse

    May I please have a copy of the shepherding book please… Thanks!

  • romo carlos

    May I please have a copy of the latest Shepherding the Flock” book? Thanks

  • Pat

    I would also like a PDF copy please

  • May I please have a PDF copy of the lastest “Shepherding the Flock” book?

    • Jacqueline

      John Wall please go to the contact us button and put your email address or is the one I see correct?

  • Joe

    May I please have a copy of the latest Shepherding the Flock” book?

    Thank you……

  • Elizabeth Smith

    May I get a PDF copy of the shepherding book please?

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