2003 Watchtower Society Statistics
2003 Statistics of Jehovah's Witnesses
This is the work of
"Jehovah's Witnesses Information Center" at
www.jwic.com and was reproduced on this site
with their kind permission.
Graphic Presentation of Jehovah's Witnesses
(Updated 11-30-03 using 2003 service year
Activities in the World
1988 through 2003
The following charts are created based on the statistics published each
year in the January 1st issue of The Watchtower. Data
published from 1988 through 2003 were used.
Highlight of 2003 Statistics
This year's Watchtower statistics shows a continuation of the new trend
that was started around 2001 when the downward trend of Jehovah's Witnesses'
activities of the late 1990's in many developed countries reversed the
direction to upward. Last year, there were rather suprising rebounds of
publisher's number in USA, Australia, France, Canada, Britain, and Norway.
This upward trend seems to become more consistent this year. Countries with
consistent decline are only several.
The list of countries with zero or negative growth
has shrunk in 2003:
Belgium, Britain, Finland, Hongkong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Zimbabwe
The interesting exception to the global rebound is again Japan, where the
decline of the number of publishers continues. The absolute number of the
publishers who stopped preaching in Japan is the largest among the developed
countries. The decline of 951 publishers in Japan is by far the largest in
the world, (2nd Britain -323, 3rd Finland -191) and even larger than her
last year's decline of 895. See
here for the growth pattern of Japan. The number of baptism in Japan has
also steeply declined.
The overall numbers for the world show very slow increase or almost flat
growth for the past several years. Publishers, Bible studies and service
hours are very slowly increasing, but the number of baptism does not seem to
increase in proportion.
Worldwide Statistics of 2003
Average number of publishers (shown in green dots scaled on
the left axis) and the number of new baptism (shown in red dots scaled on
the right axis)
Rate of increase over the previous year (shown in blue bars
scaled on the right axis) and average number of publishers (shown in green
dots scaled on the left axis).
Total hours of field service (shown in purple squares scaled
on the left axis) and the average hours spent by one publisher (shown in
white circles scaled on the right axis).
Total number of memorial partakers (anointed) (shown in pink
dots scaled on the left axis) and the number of memorial attendance (shown
in blue dots scaled on the right axis).
Average number of pioneer publishers (shown in yellow round
dots scaled on the right axis) and the number of baptism per one pioneer
(shown in purple square dots scaled on the right axis). Note the
increase in number of pioneers over the past two years, reflecting the
recent policy change in time requirement. Yet their work is getting futile
as a less number of people are baptized relative to the number of pioneers
in recent years.
Average number of Bible studies (shown in dark blue dots
scaled on the left axis) and the number of Bible studies per one publisher
(average Bible studies/average publishers) (shown in gray bars scaled on the
Growth Pattern of Each Country from 1987 through 2003
(updated with 2003 service report)
Country profile charts were created based on the size of population and my
own personal interest. For example, I have particular interest in the former
Soviet Union and Asia and small countries in those areas are included due to
my own interest. Click the region you are interested in and view the growth
pattern of the average publishers and the number of baptism for the past 15
years in these countries.
||Canada, Mexico, United States of America, Dominican
Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico
||Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala
||Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela
||Belgium, Britain, France, Ireland, Netherlands
||Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden
||Austria, Germany, Switzerland
||Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain
||Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia
Former Soviet Union
||Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine
||Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe
||Australia, New Zealand
||Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand