JWS Publisher App

JWS Publisher is an app designed for congregation publishers that can run on Apple iOS, Google Android and Amazon Fire tablet mobile devices.

JWS Publisher allows publishers to:

  • See upcoming Christian Life and Ministry meeting & Public Talk assignments, and Duties
  • View Life and Ministry meeting, Weekend meeting and Field Service Schedules
  • Submit Field Service Reports
  • View upcoming Congregation Events and Congregation Announcements
  • And much much more. Please see JWS Publisher Features for more details.

JWS Publisher app data is generated by your local congregation JW Scheduler. Therefore you must be using JW Scheduler to allow publishers to the app.

IMPORTANT: This is NOT an official App of Jehovah’s Witnesses and does not replace any official App. This App does not contain any misleading information, does not contain any ‘spiritual food’ and does not gather any personal data from users. All data inside this App comes from the local congregation only. Just as Skype & Zoom Apps help Jehovah’s Witnesses hold digital meetings, this App helps publishers digitally receive information from the local congregation.

After viewing the video “choose your apps wisely”, some publishers have incorrectly concluded that we should only install apps or visit websites that are officially provided by the organisation. The video did not say this. This is also both unreasonable and impossible. Instead the video actually stated that we should be ‘cautious about using apps or visiting websites not provided by the organization’. This is wise, and is something each Christian should use his bible trained conscience to do. (see w14 7/15 14)

Enable JWS Publisher app

Note: Before enabling the JWS Publisher app, please ensure you understand how the App works, how to setup and how to solve any problems. We are unable to offer individual support for publishers.

  1. Open JW Scheduler
  2. Click App
  3. Click Enable JWS Publisher app
  4. Create a 6-digit Congregation PIN
    • Note: This PIN must be given to publishers to allow them to connect to your congregation.
  5. Click Send App Data
  6. Select All the Data to Send
  7. Click Prepare
  8. Click Send
  9. The App has now been enabled! See How Publishers Connect.
JW Scheduler - Publisher Edition iOS & Android APP Create PIN
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How Publishers Connect

  1. Ask the publisher to download JWS Publisher app on their mobile device. They can do this by:
  2. Give each publisher the following information:
    • Congregation ID
    • Congregation PIN
    • Member PIN
    • First name
  3. Publishers should be directed to the JWS Publisher app website for more information about the app or if they have any problems.
    • Note: We cannot give support to individual Publishers. Publishers should receive technical support and training from their local elders or the JWS Publisher app website.

App Summary

The App Summary lists a brief summary of the App usage in your congregation, and includes the following:

  • Congregation ID. This is used by publishers to connect to the App.
  • Congregation PIN. This is used by publishers to connection to the App.
  • App Members. The total number of publishers in your congregation who can potentially connect to the App.
  • Connected. The number of publishers who have already connected to the App.
  • Delegated. The number of publishers who have their App access delegated to someone else.
  • Not Connected. The total number of publishers who have not yet connected, and are not delegated.
  • Latest App Version. The number of publishers who are using the latest App version.
    • Note: The latest App version is also shown in brackets. See Downloading the App for more information.
  • Old App Version. The number of members who are using an older App version.
    • Note: Elders should please ensure all publishers update to the latest version as soon as practical. If publishers have installed the App via an App Store, this is usually automatic.

App Features

App Features allows you to enable or disable the various JWS Publisher app features.

Please see App Features

App Log

The App Log button will show a recent activity Log of who sent data to the JWS Publisher app. It can be used to diagnose app data problems. You should always check the App Log when diagnosing problems.

Change PIN

The Change PIN button will change the Congregation App PIN. This PIN is used by congregation members when connecting to your congregation, so be sure to tell publishers the new PIN.

  • Note: This will not affect anyone who has already connected. It will only affect new publishers who connect, or publishers who connect using a new device.

Disable App

The Disable App button will disable the app for your congregation. This means no publishers will be able to use the JWS Publisher app.

Add, Edit or Remove Members

Please see App Members

Send Data to the App

Please see Send App Data

Receive Data from the App

Please see Receive App Data

Notifications & Reminders

Notifications

Reminders

Reminders are automatically generated based on the Settings of the publisher, which can be adjusted or disabled by the publisher in the App Settings.

There is no way to manually create a reminder and we do not plan on adding this feature.

The default Reminder settings are:

Submit Field Service Report

  • Reminder to submit their report on the 1st of the new month at 7pm.
  • Another Reminder to submit their report on the 8th of the month. (If not already submitted)
  • Final Reminder to submit their report on the 15th of the month. (If not already submitted)

Assignments

  • Initial Reminder 7 days before any upcoming Assignment.
  • Final Reminder 24 hours before any upcoming Assignment.

Duties

  • Initial Reminder 1 day before any upcoming Assignment.
  • Final Reminder 1 hour before any upcoming Assignment.

Congregation Events

  • Initial Reminder 7 days before any upcoming Event.
  • Final Reminder 24 hours before any upcoming Event.
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