The following list of sites and descriptions below were taken (with permission) from the site ex-jw.com, copyrighted by ex-jw.com and John Hoyle: (The second list focuses on religious outreach ministries from Make Sure Ministries)
Some of the items in either list might have changed since this list was reproduced in 2014:
A-plus Ex-JW Sites
- JW Survey
Founded and edited by “Cedars,” a former JW elder from the UK. In addition to maintaining a public survey, the site publishes well-written and timely articles. The fastest growing readership among all JW discussion blogs.
- Watchtower Observer
Kent Steinhaug’s classic anti-Watchtower website is back! Mostly off-line since 2005, this new version resurrects Kent’s critical news articles originally published between 1998-2004. Many articles include updates. This is a classic!
- Watchtower Watch
Cutting edge website designed for maximum educational value. Focuses on current Watchtower publications, unique personal testimonies and educated opinions. Provides current JW news feeds. Most of the material offered can not be found anywhere else online.
- Governing Body Letters
Interesting but somewhat disorganized Blogger site hosted by “Theocratic Joker.” Awkward at times to navigate, this site has a ton of WT insider information and documents. Take a look.
- Jehovah’s Witness Reporter
Quick and dirty Tumblr site. Short posts, lots of videos and graphics. News and announcement blog that serves as support to another (not yet announced) site that will focus on information and literature offered through JW.org.
- Out of the Cocoon
Brenda Lee’s website dedicated to anyone who has experienced abuse, alcoholism, depression, or a parent’s rejection due to being raised in a cult. Lot’s of supporting material and ordering information. Her book has become a classic.
- Richard E. Kelly
Personal site of the author of “Growing Up in Mama’s Club- a Childhood Perspective of Jehovah’s Witnesses,” his memoir of growing up in a Jehovah’s Witness family. Site includes additional background and ordering information.
- Watchtower Books Store
This site is a retailer for mostly out of print Watchtower Society publications. Claims to be the largest online store offering original materials including Watchtower, Awake!, Golden Age and Consolation magazines. Some items can be pricey.
Documents & History
- Jehovah’s Witnesses Exposed
Located in a subdirectory of this Canadian based website, this somewhat dated resource is full of interesting historical perspectives of JW teachings and scandals. Well worth a visit…
- Truth Before Lies
This site is still being updated. Good intentions to be encouraged. Offers links to very valuable documentation, PDF version of older Watchtower publications, and other resources. Give this one a long and close look. See also JW Media Films (above).
- Watchtower Documents LLC
You want proof? Barbara Anderson’s got plenty of proof. Spend hours viewing copies of actual documents, newspaper clippings, and old Watchtower publications. Great site for writers, researchers, and those who just have to prove the facts to themselves!
- Doc Bob’s Jehovah’s Witness Website
“Doc” Bob, a former JW pioneer and elder, left after 22 years when he found things about the Watchtower to be troublesome. He realized that JWs were not spiritual but organizational. Good site to rummage around in for odd new fact or two.
- JW Struggle
A well-designed and informative blog with a good selection of videos, personal stories, and critiques of Watchtower history, policy, and beliefs.
- JWFacts.com – Facts About Jehovah’s Witnesses
Paul Grundy’s Australian based site. Contains a broad range of information, both from historical and theological viewpoints. Site design is a little overwhelming and outdated, but well worth the time and effort to visit and learn.
- Six Screens of the Watchtower
A unique site with moderated free weekend conference calls exposing Watchtower secrets and lies. Rick Fearon has turned this site into a multimedia extravaganza that provides a wide range of personal testimony.
Forums & Support Groups
- Advocates for Awareness of Watchtower Abuses (AAWA.co)
AAWA was formed in March 2013 as a resource for activists speaking out against harmful Watchtower policies. Provides news and personal stories. Good resource for videos, flyers, and handouts. Has a Forum with an active team of dedicated volunteers.
- Ex-Jehovah’s Witness Forum and Recovery Site
A very open forum with a broad range of defined categories. This forum can be a lot of fun to browse through and membership is open to almost anyone with some connection to the JWs. Most forum members are well informed with a sense of humor.
- Jehovah’s Witness Recovery
Website and forum that provides a generally positive and encouraging environment for former Jehovah’s Witnesses, to help their transition from the organization into normal society.
- Jehovah’s Witness Discussion Forum
The largest ex-JW Internet forum. Originally a discussion board for Jehovah’s Witnesses, it morphed into the central gathering place for ex-JWs, unhappy Witnesses, and other contributors.
- JW Match
Commercial dating site for single Jehovah’s Witnesses in the USA. Looking for a red hot date with a “lover of Jehovah”? Not sure if this should be in the “Pro-Watchtower” or “Scandals & Secrets” categories…
General Information and News
- Jehovah’s Witness Report
Newly created, this site is still under development. It’s designed to be a “news aggregation” site much like Huffington Post, somewhat like Watchtower Observer was from 1998-2004. Expected to be fully operational by Summer 2014.
- Atheist Geek News
The “Geek” isn’t spreading atheism, nor being overly critical of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Definitely not a “hate the Watchtower” or a “become an atheist” site. A very insightful and entertaining blog with a slightly off-center approach to its subjects…
- Jehovah’s Witnesses – Official Media Web Site
Official media outlet from the Watchtower organization. Presents a very limited and sanitized view of the WT and its beliefs. Generic and unexciting….
- Worldwide Association of Jehovah’s Witnesses
An official Watchtower website providing MP3 and AAC audio versions of recent Watchtower and Awake! magazine articles. Also audio versions of recent Yearbook and other study books. Provides a look-up for upcoming convention dates and locations…
Scandals & Secrets
- Associated Jehovah’s Witnesses for Reform on Blood
A new version of the site is coming online soon [Spring 2014]. Provides hard to find information about the Watchtower’s ever changing position on blood and transfusion therapy. You will be amazed at the number of doctrinal changes on this subject.
- Silent Lambs
Supportive, yet gutsy site dedicated to tell the background stories of the many cases of child abuse within the Watchtower organization. This site is worth your time and your support…
- Watchtower Lies
Well presented French and English language website that clearly presents most of the scandals and questionable practices connected to the Watchtower Society…
Video & Audio Sites
- Cult Free Radio (UStream)
“MadSweeney’s” bi-weekly podcast discussing how to combat the influence of cults (like Jehovah’s Witnesses) and lead confused and misguided followers to personal freedom. Includes audio recordings of past broadcasts…
- JW Media Films
A relatively new video site connected to the website http://www.TruthBeforeLies.com. Excellent and well constructed videos with strong preparation and documentation. Ranks among the very best video sites. Spend some time checking this one out.
- Watchtower Comments
A great collection of high quality informative videos about Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Watchtower Society. Produced by an active JW, this site tries to be very even handed and informative. See website for direct YouTube link.
(End of site list from ex-jw.com)
Religious Ministries that include a focus on Jehovah’s Witnesses
Per a viewer recommendation, the following list was taken from Make Sure Ministries:
(It has not been completely checked for how up-to-date it might be.)
The Apologetics Index is a ‘family of web sites’ providing 47.000+ pages of research resources on religious cults, sects, new religious movements, alternative religions, apologetics, anticult, and countercult organizations, doctrines, religious practices and world views.
Comments from the Friends
David A. Reed, founder of Comments from the Friends and former Jehovah’s Witness elder, is the author of Jehovah’s Witnesses Answered Verse by Verse, Answering Jehovah’s Witnesses Subject by Subject, as well a dozen other books on related topics.
“The Walkers [Keith & Becky] founded Evidence Ministries in 1995 as a missionary outreach to the San Antonio, TX Area. Its threefold purpose is to REACH Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons for Christ, to TEACH Christians the differences between these two cults and Biblical Christianity, and to WARN the community about the dangers of these groups.”
JW Info Line
“This site is especially for Jehovah’s Witnesses, former Jehovah’s Witnesses and friends who would like to explore the Christian viewpoint that the Watchtower does not want them to see.” –Richard and Cheryl Schatz and Keith and Lori MacGregor
MM Outreach (Media Ministry)
“This web site originated from the ministry work of Keith and Lori MacGregor in ministry since 1979. Since June 2007 this web site is now owned and operated by MM Outreach Inc. We are dedicated to continue to provide vital information on the various religious groups from a Christian perspective.”
Personal Freedom Outreach
Founded by M. Kurt Goedelman in 1975, PFO publishes tracts, books and audio-visual materials on the Watchtower Society, Mormonism, The Way International, The Unification Church and other cultic groups and teachings. It also publishes the Quarterly Journal. They are located in Missouri, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Utah Lighthouse Ministry
Founded by Jerald and Sandra Tanner, this is the foremost ministry to the Church of Jesus Christ, Latter-Day Saints, also known as Mormons. Sandra has a plethora of information, available materials and links on this site.
Watch the Tower
Paul and Pat Blizard are former third-generation Jehovah’s Witnesses. When Paul was with the group he worked his way up to become a member of the world headquarters staff in Brooklyn, New York (Bethelite).
His wife Pat, was a full-time missionary, (Regular Pioneer and “special” Pioneer) with the organization. They were converted to Christianity in 1982.
Read their testimony: “They Wanted Our Baby to Die” on their site.
“Watchman Fellowship is an independent, nondenominational Christian research and apologetics ministry focusing on new religious movements, cults, the occult and the New Age.”
WTArchive contains files of older, out of print, Watchtower publications which are now in the public domain. Also included are several public domain documents of historic importance or by associates of the Watch Tower Society. (Many of the files are large, and one must have patience in loading them, but it is worth the wait.)
“As the windmill can do nothing without the wind,? so man can do nothing without God.” Rob van de Weghe, formerly indifferent to religion, has written a well-researched book entitled Prepared to Answer. He clearly lays out evidences for the trustworthiness of the Bible as well as cogent arguments for the existence of God and the truth of Jesus as God. He approaches his arguments from a variety of angles, all of which lead to the same conclusion.
While this is not a ministry directly involved with helping those bound in high demand authoritarian groups, Rob’s research will help one see the truths of Scripture from a likely unfamiliar perspective.
Witnesses For Jesus, Inc.
“We are a Christian ministry dedicated to sharing the good news of the eternal salvation in Jesus Christ. Our area of special focus is reaching the hearts and minds of Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons (Latter-day Saints or LDS). Whether you’re currently involved in either one of these groups or you have friends or relatives involved, this website is for you!