INSTRUCTIONS: During 2009 the following will be the arrangements for conducting the Theocratic Ministry School
SOURCE MATERIAL: New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures [bi12], “All Scripture Is Inspired of God and Beneficial” (1990 Edition) [si], “Learn from the Great Teacher” [lrJ] and Reasoning From the Scriptures (1989 Edition) [rs].The school should begin ON TIME with a few words of welcome, and then proceed as outlined below. After each part, the school overseer will introduce the next part.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM BIBLE READING: 10 minutes. For the first four minutes, a qualified elder (or ministerial servant) will present highlights from the reading of the Bible for that week. However when dealing with the first chapters of a book of the Bible, information from the book “All Scripture” will be presented. For example, the first five chapters of Genesis are read FREE during the week of January 5th. So for this week the speaker will select a few key points from the opening paragraphs of the chapter of "All Scripture" which analyzes the book of Genesis. The speaker should make application of the information in such a way that is beneficial to the congregation. Whether taken from the weekly reading or the "All Scripture" book, the main purpose is to help the audience understand why it is valuable and helpful in that field. The speaker should not exceed the four minutes allotted to his opening part, since he should allow for the six minutes remaining for the audience to make brief comments (of up to thirty seconds) on aspects of the weekly biblical reading that they have found interesting. The school overseer will then dismiss the students who are assigned to other classrooms.
ASSIGNMENT NO. 1: 4 minutes or less. Reading delivered by a brother. The student will not make introductory comments or nor a conclusion. The overseer of the school is interested above all in helping students to understand what they read and to do so fluently, with modulation and naturalness, as well as with appropriate pauses and emphasis.
ASSIGNMENT NO. 2: 5 minutes. Should be assigned to a sister. The overseer of the school may assign a setting or the student may choose one from the list that appears on page 82 of the book “Benefit From Theocratic Ministry School Education.” The sister should concentrate on the assigned topic and present information in a realistic and practical manner, adapting it to some aspect of the ministry and the local territory. If no references are provided, the student will need to gather material by doing research in our publications. The school overseer will be particularly interested in the way the sister presents the information and help the other person to reason on the Scriptures and to understand the key points of the presentation. The school overseer will assign one assistant.
ASSIGNMENT NO. 3: 5 minutes. Should be assigned to a brother or a sister. Students prepare the assignment based on the title indicated. If no references are provided, the student will need to gather material by doing research in our publications. When assigned to a brother, this part may be given as a talk with the Kingdom Hall audience in mind. When a sister is given this part, it should always be presented as outlined for Assignment No. 2. Please note that themes with an asterisk next to them should always be assigned to brothers - whenever possible to elders or ministerial servants - to develop as talks.
COUNSEL: 1 to 2 minutes. The school overseer will not announce in advance the speech quality that a student is working on.
So there's no longer a speech qualities nor an instruction talk, not even a #4 talk, but the Bible Highlights remain with four minutes of commentary by a brother then six minutes of audience comments, plus the #1 talk is now a reading only, sisters do the #2 as if it were an old #3, and the #3 is now for both brothers and sisters.