Wikipedia has an article on Kingdom Halls that states:

In many countries, a number of standard designs of construction are used that can be built in just a few days. The act of constructing a Kingdom Hall in this manner is called a quick-build, although typically the preparation work involving the structural foundation and surrounding surface may take several weeks prior to the scheduled build. For various reasons, not all Kingdom Halls are constructed as quick-builds or using the standard designs.

Seeing many issues that can go wrong with building something so quickly I figure there is some sort of theological importance in doing this, however, not all are quick-builds, so it cannot be all that important.

Why do Jehovah's Witnesses build their Kingdom Halls in three days?

Please provide quotes and links to official sources

  • Good question. Pure speculation - influenced by John 2:19?! – Wikis Sep 23 '13 at 6:45
  • 2
    @Wikis that verse did cross my mind. – fredsbend Sep 23 '13 at 18:13
  • This question has become a bit obsolete. Quickbuilds haven't been done for a couple years now. – 4castle Sep 12 '17 at 0:06
  • @4castle If you find an official link saying as much, I'll edit the question accordingly. – fredsbend Sep 12 '17 at 0:25
  • I can't find any articles online which explain the new construction arrangements (because they vary in different parts of the world), but it was part of the 2015 announcement mentioned in the Wikipedia article in your question. The only reason I know that this change has happened is because my dad was in the meeting where they made that announcement. – 4castle Sep 12 '17 at 1:23

As another answer stated, we get the building done in 3 days for convenience mostly. The whole thing is amazingly organized and thus moves quickly.

Nothing is done to be cheap. That would be disrespect to Jehovah. The main concern is to not take time away from the builders lives and to continue the preaching work. The preaching work is the #1 priority to us. Look at Acts 6:1-4. A situation arose where the Greek widows weren't getting food, but the Hebrew ones where. Instead of taking up the time of the Apostles with fixing this the twelve assigned reputable men to take care of distribution. What is their motive? Furthering and focusing on the preaching work.

Like the apostles, we too focus mainly on our ministry. We use our resources and time wisely, so as not to slow the preaching works.

I don't know why we decided on 3 days, but we do it and do it well. The level of education doesn't matter. It matters only that you are motivated to do so. If you don't know how to do anything, then chances are you are going to learn a lot. There are a lot of skilled brothers on site working on whatever section is their trade.

We get a lot of volunteers from all over the state and some out of state. Here is a video showing the building of a kingdom hall. This one actually only took 2 days. Quickbuild

Most of us tend to not have a ton of money, but that is because we work to pay bills and provide for what we need. A lot only work part time, so that they have more time to go out and preach.

When building we want 3 things Quality, safety, speed. I think we achieve those remarkably well. Safety. To attest to the quality of the building, just attend a meeting. The building is not extravagant, but also not cheap. The buildings are made to last and are well maintained.

I am currently an unbaptized publisher working towards baptism. I am prospectively looking at going to trade school for something like electrician, HVAC, etc.. sometime early 2014. I will most likely be helping with quick builds very soon :)

  • This might be out of your purview, but how does this work with inspections and code standards? I am under the impression that certain parts of a building need to be inspected before construction can continue. – fredsbend Nov 28 '13 at 0:19
  • I'm unsure as to how they do that. I do know that we follow all laws and codes that do not conflict with God's laws(not relevant in this case). Whatever way they get it done, I am sure it is done. – Jeremy Nov 28 '13 at 0:50
  • 1
    @fredsbend In my area, it took about 6 days to build the Kingdom Hall due to some strict noise ordinances that prevented working at night. Most quickbuilds were scheduled far in advance with local inspectors so that the process happened quickly. (Btw, JWs no longer do quickbuilds. There is now a different arrangement for Kingdom Hall constructions which is done in stages over the course of a few weeks) – 4castle Sep 11 '17 at 23:58

It is because we like to use our time wisely... so the less hours we put in a building the more hours we have left for our meetings... and preaching work. Furthermore we build our Kingdom Halls with volunteers. Most of the time they come from all over the state(s) so its more efficient if we do the job in only a few weekends with hundreds of workers. It has nothing to do with money as one suggested. We can afford anything but we just build what we need. Kindest regards from the Netherlands. For more info visit our official website www.jw.org

  • 1
    Also, we are now emphasizing safety more than ever before. This goes for the safety of the volunteers and the buildings themselves. Even though Kingdom Halls usually get built very quickly by volunteers, these are highly organized construction projects. The construction process and buildings themselves meet or exceed local safety regulations. Even in countries where unsafe construction practices are common among the population in order to save money, we still insist on making safe buildings safely. – plv Nov 1 '13 at 7:22

So, not to be too blunt about it, but JWs are demographically typically drawn from the least well-off amongst society. Put crassly, they tend to be the poorest and least-educated Christians in the United States.

Furthermore, this is a very cheap method of putting together a building. Especially when you consider the amount of volunteer labor (think Amish barn-raising) what you may be seeing could simply be a manifestation of resource constraints.

In other words, they might not be able to afford anything else.

It may very well be just a matter of economics.

  • Just how reliable is that (very interesting) link? – Wikis Sep 23 '13 at 13:31
  • 1
    The website, not so much - but if you look at the note, you'll see the source data is from the Pew Forum on Religion, which is extremely reliable. I'd like to find the original survey, but haven't yet... – Affable Geek Sep 23 '13 at 13:32
  • I can also say that anecdotally and experientally, however, the data are on target. JW's & Pentecostals tend to draw from the lower end of socioeconomic spectrum, then you get to the Baptists, and it keeps going up until you get the rich Anglicans, etc... – Affable Geek Sep 23 '13 at 13:46
  • This answers why they would use volunteers, but it does not answer why they would hurry to build it. – fredsbend Sep 23 '13 at 18:14
  • How much time do you think a volunteer can take off from a low paying job? – Affable Geek Sep 23 '13 at 18:46

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.