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2018 Grand Totals

2018 Grand Totals
  • Branches of Jehovah’s Witnesses: 87

  • Number of Lands Reporting: 240

  • Total Congregations: 119,954

  • Worldwide Memorial Attendance: 20,329,317

  • Memorial Partakers Worldwide: 19,521

  • Peak of Publishers *: 8,579,909

  • Average Publishers Preaching Each Month: 8,360,594

  • Percentage of Increase Over 2017: 1.4

  • Total Number Baptized *: 281,744

  • Average Pioneer * Publishers Each Month: 1,267,808

  • Average Auxiliary Pioneer Publishers Each Month: 446,642

  • Total Hours Spent in Field: 2,074,655,497

  • Average Bible Studies * Each Month: 10,079,709

During the 2018 service year, * Jehovah’s Witnesses spent over $214 million in caring for special pioneers, missionaries, and circuit overseers in their field service assignments. Worldwide, a total of 20,331 ordained ministers staff the branch facilities. All are members of the Worldwide Order of Special Full-Time Servants of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

^ par. 7 A publisher refers to one who actively publishes, or preaches, the good news of God’s Kingdom. (Matthew 24:14) For a complete explanation of how this figure is determined, see the jw.org article “How Many of Jehovah’s Witnesses Are There Worldwide?

^ par. 10 For more information on the steps leading to baptism as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, see the jw.org article “How Do I Become One of Jehovah’s Witnesses?

^ par. 11 A pioneer is an exemplary baptized Witness who volunteers to spend a specified number of hours each month in preaching the good news.

^ par. 14 For more information, see the jw.org article “What Is a Bible Study?

^ par. 15 The 2018 service year ran from September 1, 2017, through August 31, 2018.