A group of men who preside over the organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses. They all claim to be anointed. As a group they are responsible for the doctrine, teachings and policies of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
For many years, the members of the governing body were also directors on the boards of the various Watchtower corporations. Starting in the 1970’s they started making a distinction between the roles of directors and governing body members. In 2000 all of the governing body members, along with all of the other members of the faithful and discreet slave, resigned their positions on the boards of all of the Watchtower corporations.