TIMELINE: Conventions and Assembly Dramas through the Years

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TIMELINE: Circuit Assemblies by Year 

Program Year Note Theme
1904 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are reputable; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Php 4:8
1905 “Wisdom is the principal thing: Therefore get wisdom.” Prov 4:7
1906 (Motto) “In due time”

1 Tim 2:6 “Be patient therefore, brethren.”

1907 “Ye are not of the world, even as I am not of the world,” for “I have chosen you out of the world.” John 17:9,11,21
1909 My help cometh from the Lord (Ps. 121:2)
1910 (Motto) “Love one another as I have loved you”—unto self-sacrifice. (John 15:12)
1913 “What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits toward me? I will take the cup of salvation, and will call upon the name of the Lord. I will pay my vows unto the Most High.” Psalm 116:12, 13
1914 “Be strong and courageous.” Joshua 1:9
1915 “Are ye able to drink of My cup?” (Mt 20:20-23)
1916 (Motto) “Strong in faith.” Psalm 116
1917 “The Lord bless thee, and keep thee; the Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee; the Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.”-Numbers 6:24-26 (Chosen by Brother Russell before his death)
1918 “The end of all things is at hand: Be ye therefore sober and watch unto prayer; and above all things have fervent love among yourselves. (1 Peter 4:7,8)
1919 “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; Lord, and righteousness which is of me, saith the Lord.” Isa 54:17
1920 “The Lord is my strength and song.”-Psalm 118: 1
1921 “I will triumph in the works of thy hands.” Psalm 92:4
1922 General Assembly 1922  General Convention “Thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory through our lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Cor 15:57
1923 IBSA Convention 1923  IBSA Convention “We all, with open face beholding as a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the spirit of the Lord. 2 Cor 3:18
1924 “The kingdom of heaven is at hand” Matt 3:2
1925 “Comfort all that mourn.” Isa 61:2
1926 “Blessed be the Lord out of Zion.”–Psalm 135:21
1927 “O Lord, how manifold are thy works !” Psalm 104:24
1928 “Sing forth the honor of his name.” (Psalm 66: 2)
1929 “I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.” Psalm 104:33
1930 “Sing unto the Lord a new song.” Psalm 96:1
1931 International Convention 1931  International Convention “The Lord preserveth all them that love him; but all the wicked will he destroy.” Ps. 145:20
1932 “They shall know that I am Jehovah” Eze 6:10
1933 “The name of Jehovah is a strong tower. Into it the righteous runs and is given protection.(Proverbs 18:10)
1934 “In his name shall [the] nations hope.” -Matt. 12:21
1935 Convention Of Jehovah's Witnesses and Companions 1935  Convention Of Jehovah’s Witnesses and Companions
1936 “For Jehovah and for Gideon” -Judg. 7:18 (same as 1935)
1937 “Arise ye, and let us rise up against her in battle.” Obadiah 1
1939 “But they shall not prevail against thee.” Jer 1:19
1940 “My heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.”–Ps. 13:5.
Theocratic Assembly of Jehovah's Witnesses 1941 Theocratic Assembly of Jehovah’s Witnesses “Salvation unto our God . . . and unto the Lamb” (Rev. 7:10 ARV)
1942  New World Theocratic Assembly Of Jehovah’s Witnesses “Blameless in the day of our Lord” (1 Cor 1:8)
1943 “More than conquerors through him that loved us”. (Romans 8: 37)
1944 “Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God.” (Psalm 143:10)
1945 “Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations.” (Matthew 28:19 ASV)
Glad Nations Theocratic Assembly 1946  Glad Nations Theocratic Assembly “Be Glad, Ye Nations, with His People.” Romans 15:10, Rotherham
Praising Nations Theocratic Assembly 1947  Praising Nations Theocratic Assembly
All Nations Expansion Assembly 1947  All Nations Expansion Assembly
Song of Praise Assembly 1947  Song of Praise Assembly “Oh praise Jehovah, all ye nations”. (Ps. 117:, ASV)
District Assembly  
District Assembly 1948
 District Assembly “I will sing praises unto thee among the nations.” (Ps. 57:9 ASV)
District Assembly 1949 District Assembly “I…will yet praise thee more and more. (Ps. 71:14)


Theocracy's Increase Assembly 1950 Theocracy’s Increase Assembly “Preach the word” (2 Timothy 4:2)
1951 District Assembly 1951 District Assembly “They said: ‘Praise Jah, you people, because Jehovah our God, the Almighty, has begun to rule as king.’” (Rev. 19:6, NW)
Clean Worship District Assembly 1951 Clean Worship District Assembly
District Assembly 1952 District Assembly “Say to the prisoners, Go forth” (Isa. 49:9)
New World Society Assembly of Jehovah's Witnesses 1953 New World Society Assembly of Jehovah’s Witnesses

New York, NY

“Worship Jehovah in holy array”.—Ps. 29:2, AS
District Assembly of Jehovah's Witnesses 1954 District Assembly Psalm 145:2, “Every day will I bless you, and I will praise your name forever and ever.”
Triumphant Kingdom Assembly of Jehovah's Witnesses  1955 Triumphant Kingdom Assembly of Jehovah’s Witnesses “He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in Jehovah.”—Ps. 112:7, AS
District Assembly 1956   District Assembly Prove me how herewith, saith Jehovah of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing.” Malachi 3:10, A.S.
Life-Giving Wisdom District Assembly 1957   Life-Giving Wisdom District Assembly “From day to day tell the good news of salvation by him”—Ps. 96:2, NW
Divine Will International Assembly 1958 Divine Will International Assembly

Yankees Stadium, New York

“As for me, in my integrity I shall walk.” – Ps 26:11
Awake Ministers District Assembly 1959   Awake Ministers District Assembly “Happy is the one that stays awake and keeps his outer garments.” – Rev 16:15
Peace-Pursuing District Assembly 1960  Peace-Pursuing District Assembly “Seek peace and pursue it. For Jehovah’s eyes are upon the righteous.”—1 Pet. 3:11, 12.
United Worshipers District Assembly 1961  United Worshipers District Assembly “In unity I shall set them, like a flock in the pen.”—Mic. 2:12
Courageous Ministers District Assembly 1962 Courageous Ministers District Assembly “Be courageous and let your heart be strong. Yes, hope in Jehovah.”—Ps. 27:14.
Everlasting Good News Assembly 1963  Everlasting Good News Assembly “Now we are not the sort that shrink back to destruction, but the sort that have faith to the preserving alive of the soul.”—Heb. 10:39
Fruitage of the Spirit 1964  “Fruitage of the Spirit” Assembly “Filled with the holy spirit and … speaking the word of God with boldness.” – Acts 4:31
Word of Truth 1965 “Word of Truth” District Assembly “Do not become fearful of those who kill the body.” Matt 10:28
God's Sons of Liberty 1966 “God’s Sons of Liberty” District Assembly “We shall not neglect the house of our God.” – Neh. 10:39
Disciple-Making 1967  “Disciple-Making” District Assembly “Here I am! Send me.” – Isaiah 6:8
Good News for All Nations Assembly of Jehovah's Witnesses 1968

[1968 46th Class of Gilead GraduationSeptember 8, 1968]

“Good News for All Nations District Assembly of Jehovah’s Witnesses “Also, in all the nations the good news has to be preached first.” – Mark 13:10
Peace on Earth International Assembly Peace on Earth International Assembly 1969  21-27

[1969  Assembly Report]

 “Peace on Earth” International Assembly of Jehovah’s Witnesses “Lift your heads up, because your deliverance is getting near.” – Luke 21:28
Men of Goodwill District Assembly 1970
“Men of Goodwill” District Assembly “Go therefore and make disciples…baptizing them.”—Matt. 28:19
Divine Name District Assembly 1971  “Divine Name” District Assembly “You will be witnesses of me…to the most distant part of the earth.”—Acts 1:8.
Divine Rulership District Assembly 1972  “Divine Rulership” District Assembly “Say among the nations: ‘Jehovah himself has become king.’”—Ps. 96:10
Divine Victory 1973 “Divine Victory” International Assembly “But we, for our part, shall walk in the name of Jehovah our God to time indefinite, even forever.”—Mic. 4:5
Divine Purpose District Assembly Divine Purpose District Assembly 1974 “Divine Purpose” District Assembly “Although the fig tree itself may not blossom,…I will exult in Jehovah himself.”—Hab. 3:17, 18
1975 Divine Sovereignty District Assembly 1975 Divine Sovereignty District Assembly “Although the fig tree itself may not blossom,…I will exult in Jehovah himself.”—Hab. 3:17, 18
1976 Sacred Service District Assembly 1976  “Sacred Service” District Assembly “Awaiting these things, do your utmost to be found finally by him spotless and unblemished and in peace.”—2 Pet. 3:14
Joyful Workers District Assembly 1977  “Joyful Workers” District Assembly “You have need of endurance, in order that . . . you may receive the fulfillment of the promise.”—Heb. 10:36
1978 Victorious Faith International Convention 1978 “Victorious Faith” International Convention “They will not prevail against you, for ‘I [Jehovah] am with you . . . to deliver you.’”—Jer. 1:19
Living Hope District Convention 1979  Living Hope” District Convention “My Father is glorified in this, that you keep bearing much fruit and prove yourselves my disciples.”—John 15:8


Cover Convention theme Location Yeartext
1980 Divine Love District Convention 1980 “Divine Love” District Convention “And now, Jehovah, . . . grant your slaves to keep speaking your word with all boldness.”—Acts 4:29
1981 Kingdom Loyalty District Convention 1981 Kingdom Loyalty” District Convention “Your loyal ones will bless you. About the glory of your kingship they will talk.”—Ps. 145:10, 11
1982 Kingdom Truth District Convention 1982 Kingdom Truth District Convention “Become steadfast, unmovable, always having plenty to do in the work of the Lord.”—1 Cor. 15:58
1983 Kingdom Unity District Convention 1983

[1983 Annual Meeting of the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society of PA]

Kingdom Unity” District Convention “Clothe yourselves with love… a perfect bond of union.”—Col. 3:14
1984 Kingdom Increase District Convention 1984

[1984 Centennial of the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society of PA October 6, 1984]

“Kingdom Increase” District Convention “Speak the word of God fearlessly.”—Phil. 1:14.
1985 Integrity Keepers District Convention 1985 “Integrity Keepers” District Convention “Fully accomplish your ministry.”—2 Tim. 4:5
1986 Divine Peace District Convention 1986 “Divine Peace” District Convention “Go…, declare abroad the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:60)
1987 Trust in Jehovah District Convention 1987 “Trust in Jehovah” District Convention “As for me and my household, we shall serve Jehovah.” (Joshua 24:15)
1988 Divine Justice District Convention 1988   “Divine Justice” District Convention “Hope in Jehovah and keep his way” (Psalm 37:34)
1989 Godly Devotion District Convention 1989  Godly Devotion District Convention “Fear God and give him glory,”(Revelation 14:7)


Cover Convention theme Location Yeartext
1990 Pure Language District Convention 1990 “Pure Language” District Convention “Be of good courage and say: ‘Jehovah is my helper.’” – Heb 13:6
1991 Lovers of Freedom District Convention 1991  “Lovers of Freedom” District Convention “Let anyone hearing say: ‘Come!’” – Revelation 22:17
1992 Light Bearers District Convention 1992  “Light Bearers” District Convention “Rejoice in the hope….Persevere in prayer.”—Rom. 12:12
1993 Divine Teaching District Convention 1993  “Divine Teaching” District Convention “Instruct me, O Jehovah . . . Unify my heart to fear your name.” — PSALM 86:11
1994 Godly Fear District Convention 1994  “Godly Fear” District Convention “Trust in Jehovah with all your heart.”—Proverbs 3:5
1995 Joyful Praisers District Convention 1995  “Joyful Praisers” District Convention “Be harmoniously joined together in love.”—Colossians 2:2
1996 Messengers of Godly Peace District Convention 1996   “Messengers of Godly Peace” District Convention “Become doers of the word.” – James 1:22
1997 Faith in God's Word District Convention 1997  “Faith in God’s Word” District Convention “Teach me to do your will.” – Psalm 143:10
1998 God's Way of Life District Convention 1998  “God’s Way of Life” District Convention “Everyone who calls on the name of Jehovah will be saved.” – Romans 10:13
1999 God's Prophetic Word District Convention 1999  “God’s Prophetic Word” District Convention “Look! Now is the day of salvation.” — 2 Corinthians 6:2


2000 2000  “Doers of God’s Word” District Convention “We are not the sort that shrink back…but the sort that have faith.” – Hebrews 10:39
2001 2001

[2001 Annual Meeting Review from Long Beach CA]

 “Teachers of God’s Word” District Convention “Stand Complete and With Firm Conviction in All the Will of God.”—Col. 4:12
2002 2002  “Zealous Kingdom Proclaimers” District Convention “Come to Me,…and I Will Refresh You.”—Matt. 11:28
2003 2003 “Give God Glory” International Convention “Draw Close to God, and He Will Draw Close to You.”—James 4:8
2004 Walk with God 2004  Walk with God District Convention Prove Yourselves Ready.”—Matthew 24:42, 44.
2005 Godly Obedience District Convention 2005  Godly Obedience District Convention “My Help Is From Jehovah.”—Psalm 121:2
2006 Deliverance At Hand District Convention 2006 Deliverance At Hand District Convention We Must Obey God as Ruler Rather Than Men. – Acts 5:29
2007 Follow the Christ District Convention

2007 Follow the Christ District Convention <rowspan=”18″>
The Great Day of Jehovah is Near. – Zephaniah 1:14

2008 Guided by God's Spirit District Convention
2008 Guided by God’s Spirit District Convention Miscellaneous Talks The Great Day of Jehovah is Near. – Zephaniah 1:14
2009 Keep on the Watch District Convention

2009 Keep on the Watch District Convention <rowspan=”9″>

Bear Thorough Witness to the Good News. – Acts 20:24

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Cover Convention theme Location Yeartext
2010 Remain Close to Jehovah District Convention

2010 Remain Close to Jehovah District ConventionG
2010 Remain Close to Jehovah District ConventionMisc
Love endures all things. Love never fails. – 1 Cor 13:7,8

2011 Zone Visit to US Branch

2011 Let God's Kingdom Come District Convention

2011 Let God’s Kingdom Come District Convention <rowspan=”3″>
“Take refuge in the Name of Jehovah” Zeph 3:12
2012 Safeguard Your Heart! District Convention

2012 Safeguard Your Heart! District ConventionPortland OR May 18-20 <rowspan=”2″>
“Your Word Is Truth.”—John 17:17
2013 God's Word is Truth District Convention

2013 God’s Word is Truth District ConventionGreen Bay WI, May 24-26

Watchtower Society Annual Meeting Part 1 October 2013
Watchtower Society Annual Meeting Part 2 October 2013
Watchtower Society Annual Meeting Part 3 October 2013

2014 Keep Seeking First God's Kingdom Regional Convention

2014 Keep Seeking First God’s Kingdom Regional ConventionEast Rutherford NJ <rowspan=”2″>

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District Convention Dramas
Year Title Setting
1966 See Jeremiah’s Endurance, Needed in Our Day Jeremiah
1966 Listen to Daniel’s Words for Our Day (sound drama) Daniel
1967 Let Us Conform Ourselves to God’s Eternal Principles
1967 Leaving the City of Refuge Means Loss of Life City of Refuge
1967 Jehovah’s Name to be Declared in All the Earth Moses
1968 What Are You Doing With Your Life? Abraham and Isaac, Jacob and Esau
1968 What Young Folks Are Doing in the Ministry
1968 Jehovah’s Way—The Way of Victory Jephthah
1968 Do You Make Yourself Available? Jephthah’s daughter
1969 Show Respect for Jehovah’s Appointments David and King Saul, Nabal and Abigail
1969 Do Not Miss the Purpose of Jehovah’s Deliverance
1969 Fortify Yourself so as to Maintain Integrity
1969 Are You a Modern-Day Jonah? Jonah
1969 Overseers, Carry On as Men!
1969 Thorns and Traps Are in the Way of the Independent One Prodigal Son
1969 Let No Man Ever Look Down on Your Youth
1970 Love Is a Perfect Bond of Union Esther
1970 Who Needs Your Help? Modern Day morals
1971 Jehovah Blesses the Loyal Ones Balaam
1971 What Is in Your Heart?
1971 Make Jehovah’s Purpose Your Way of Life Ruth & Naomi
1972 How Merciful Are You? Joseph
1972 Gird Yourselves With Lowliness of Mind Naaman
1972 Serve Jehovah With Your Whole Soul
1973 Keep Your Minds Fixed on the Things Above David & Bathsheba
1973 ‘Shout! For Jehovah Has Given You the City!’ Rahab
1973 The Zeal for Your House Will Eat Me Up Jesus’ ministry
1973 Who Will Escape and Stand Before the Son of Man?
1974 To Whose Authority Do You Listen? Jeroboam, old prophet
1974 The Tested Quality of Our Faith—A Cause for Praise and Honor Paul
1974 Beware of Losing Faith by Drawing Away From Jehovah Moses
1975 That the Word of God May Not Be Spoken of Abusively
1975 Keep Your Senses, and Go On Building With the Greater Noah Noah
1975 Do Not Become Unevenly Yoked With Unbelievers Elijah, Ahab, Jezebel
1975 Pure and Upright Practices—Necessary to a Child’s Life Samuel
1976 Have You Fixed Your Heart on Jehovah’s Worship? Are You Separate From the World Josiah
1976 In Showing Honor … Take the Lead
1976 Are You an Example to the Flock?
1976 Maintaining Integrity Down to the End three Hebrews
1977 God Is Not Far Off From Each One of Us Hezekiah
1977 Jehovah’s Name to Be Declared in All the Earth (sound drama) Moses, Ten Plagues, Exodus
1977 Are You Whole-Souled in Service to God? Nehemiah
1978 The Scriptural Adornment of Christian Women first-century Christians
1978 To Whom Do You Belong? first-century Christians
1978 Do Not Look Behind You and Do Not Stand Still Lot
1978 Youths—What Is Your Goal in Life? Timothy
1979 What Are You Choosing? Moses
1979 The Need of the Fatherless Boy – Can You Help Him?
1979 Be Transformed by Making Your Mind Over Phinehas, Zimri, Cozbi
1980 Jehovah Will Guard the Way of His Loyal Ones David
1980 Do Not Despise Sacred Things Jacob, Esau
1980 The Battle Is Not Yours, but God’s Jehoshaphat
1981 Jehovah Rewards His Loyal Ones Saul, David
1981 Beware of Rebellious Talk! Korah, Dathan, Abiram
1982 How … Will They Hear Without Someone to Preach?
1982 Fearless Proclaimer of an Unpopular Message Jeremiah
1983 Unitedly Getting God’s Work Done Despite Opposition Nehemiah
1983 Maintaining Family Unity
1984 Divine Education Increases Kingdom Fruitage
1984 Guard Against Disgraceful Folly Achan
1985 Your Future—A Challenge
1985 Fear God, Turn Away From Bad Job
1986 Preserving Life in Time of Famine Joseph
1986 Seek God’s Righteousness for Survival
1987 Loyal Submission to Jehovah and His Organization
1987 Jehovah Delivers Those Calling Upon His Name Joshua
1988 Marked for Survival
1988 Jehovah’s Judgments Against Law-Defying People Days of Noah, Lot
1989 Subject Yourselves to Jehovah
1990 Coping With the Devil’s Crafty Acts
1990 Doing God’s Will With Zeal Jehu
1991 Set Free to Promote True Worship Ezra
1992 Doing What Is Right in Jehovah’s Eyes Josiah
1993 Youths Who Remember Their Creator Now
1993 Do Not Be Misled or Mock God
1994 The Choices You Face Joshua, Elijah
1995 Honoring Worthy Ones in Their Older Years
1996 Why Respect Theocratic Arrangements? Judges 6&7
1997 Keep Your Eye Simple
1998 Families—Make Daily Bible Reading Your Way of Life! three Hebrews
1999 Appreciating Our Spiritual Heritage Jacob and Esau
2000 Warning Examples for Our Day Plains of Moab
2001 Respect Jehovah’s Authority Korah, Dathan, Abiram
2002 Stand Firm in Troublesome Times Jeremiah
2003 Boldly Witnessing Despite Opposition Stephen
2004 They Bore Thorough Witness to the Good News Apostles
2005 Pursue Goals That Honor God Timothy
2006 To Whose Authority Do You Submit Jeroboam, old prophet
2007 Gods Word Is Alive and Exerts Power Jesus Sound Drama
2007 Clothe Yourselves With Lowliness of Mind Gehazi
2008 Do Not Leave the Love You had at first Apostle John’s time
2009 Drama Your Brother Was Dead and Came to Life Modern Day
2010 Walk By Faith and Not By Sight 1st Century
2011 Young Ones – Be Discreet and Wise 1st Century
2012 What Is True Love Modern

5 thoughts on “TIMELINE: Conventions and Assembly Dramas through the Years”

  1. I have a “Trust in Jehovah” District Convention program and can not find it on your list. Has to be after 1969

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