Why do Jehovah's Witnesses travel in pairs instead of a group and go proselytizing door-to-door? What is the typical arrangement (friend and friend, sister and sister, brother and brother, husband and wife, etc.)? Are these people paid by the Watchtower to minister?

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    I thought I've seen them proselyte in neighborhoods in groups... though perhaps their actual door approaches are in pairs or as individuals. Anyway, this is a valid question. +1
    – Matt
    Feb 6, 2014 at 5:26
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    Yeah - they come in packs, not pairs. I gave a more general answer in the Mormon question, but I think JW practice may have some unique properties. Feb 6, 2014 at 7:57
  • @AffableGeek I'm positive they come in pairs, not packs.
    – Double U
    Feb 6, 2014 at 17:50
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    @anonymous - nope, they come in packs. The pack splits into pairs. These are rotational territories carefully documented to know for sure if each door has been given the chance to hear the word of God. As for the pairing, it is not specific exactly (brother brother, husband wife, etc) they congregate every morning and group according to whoever showed for field service. None of which are paid by the Watchtower. All congregation finances are discussed openly at their financial meeting, usually paired with the theocratic ministerial school. JW does not really stockpile money, per say.
    – Bubbles
    Feb 19, 2014 at 2:03
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    I'd separate off the "Are these people paid by the Watchtower to minister?" question to a separate question. The short answer is No, but that can be elaborated on.
    – IQAndreas
    Feb 23, 2014 at 9:41

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Mark 6:7 (NWT)
Now he summoned the twelve, and he initiated sending them out two by two, and he began to give them authority over the unclean spirits.

Luke 10:1 (NWT)
After these things the Lord designated seventy others and sent them forth by twos in advance of him into every city and place to which he himself was going to come.

Jesus did this

  1. so we would have someone to work with, and

  2. for consideration for the householder, so a large group of people don't show up at their door among other reasons.

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    Welcome to the site. This is a good first post. Thank you for quoting the Scripture, which the JW's undoubtedly use to support insistence on this practice. However, I suggest linking to something on jw.org to substantiate what you have said. As it is now, we just have to take your word for it that this is what a JW would say. I also made formatting edits to your post. Click edit to see how to do that correctly. I linked to NIV, but I assume you used NWT.
    – user3961
    Feb 6, 2014 at 20:17
  • That's pretty much what a JW would say. I was one for years. Points 1 and 2 would vary though. There are more scriptures that would be used to back it. Typically about good association and being support for one another.
    – Bubbles
    May 22, 2014 at 2:18
  • For coffee, its groups of 5's and 6's. You should add that :D
    – user9485
    May 24, 2014 at 5:10
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    Although working in pairs is not mandatory. it is common practice, people can work individually to cover the area more quickly if wanted, or in the case of odd numbers, to make use of time more wisely, but safety is the primary concern when this is done.
    – UNECS
    Jun 9, 2014 at 11:52

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