Jehovah's Witnesses are organized hierarchically, [1] and are led by the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses from the Watch Tower Society 's headquarters in Warwick, New York . The Governing Body, along with other "helpers", are organized into six committees responsible for various administrative functions within the global Witness community, including publication, assembly programs and evangelizing activity. [2]

Each congregation is served by a group of locally recommended male elders and ministerial servants , appointed by the circuit overseer. Elders take responsibility for congregational governance, pastoral work, setting meeting times, selecting speakers, conducting meetings, directing the public preaching work, and forming judicial committees to investigate and decide disciplinary action in cases where members are believed to have committed serious sins . Ministerial servants fulfill clerical and attendant duties, but may also teach and conduct meetings. [2]

The Governing Body directs six committees comprising its members along with its "helpers" ; the six committees are responsible for various administrative functions including personnel, publishing, evangelizing activity, school and assembly programs , writing, and coordination. [2] The Governing Body directly appoints all headquarters representatives, circuit overseers, collectively referred to as "traveling overseers", and also appoints branch office committee members. [21] Only branch committee members and traveling overseers are referred to as "representatives of the Governing Body".

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