Reservation Hotline: 800 256 4024
Reservation Hotline: 800 256 4024

Don't Give Up!

500 Howard Baker Jr. Avenue | Knoxville, TN 37915
Knoxville, TN 37915

(606) 875-2843
  • Date: June 30, 2017 to July 2, 2017
  • Time: Friday and Saturday: 9:20 AM to 4:50 PM; Sunday: 9:20 AM to 3:30 PM
  • Price: Free and no collections are taken

Jehovah’s Witnesses will host two three-day annual conventions with the theme “Don’t Give Up!” June 23-25 and June 30-July 2, 2017, at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum at 500 Howard Baker Jr. Blvd. Admission is free and no collections are taken. Delegates from congregations in Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia and North Carolina will be attending. As in years past, the Witnesses are currently participating in a campaign to personally invite the general public to attend. Previous efforts to invite the public have been successful. Worldwide, there are more than 8,340,000 Jehovah's Witnesses in 119,480-plus congregations. However, attendance figures show that many non-Witnesses attend their annual conventions. “Nearly 13 million persons attended our conventions last year worldwide,” said David A. Semonian, spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses at their world headquarters in Warwick, New York. “We hope to have an even larger audience this year.” The program is divided into 52 parts and will be presented in a variety of formats, including brief discourses, interviews, and short videos. Additionally, one segment of a three-part feature film entitled Remember the Wife of Lot will be shown each afternoon.“Challenges in life can rob us of peace and even cause some to think about giving up,” Semonian said. “Our convention this year will benefit both Witnesses and non-Witnesses because it promises to empower individuals not only to keep enduring but also to cope with challenges productively.” The convention theme ”Don't Give Up!” is based on a scripture at Galatians 6:9 which explains the need for endurance during difficult times. Many today deal with a variety of problems such as the loss of a loved one, financial concerns, prolonged illness, and many others. These complex problems come at a time when the future often appears uncertain. The convention program is designed to offer practical suggestions about how to cope with such problems, along with encouragement for the future. Each convention day begins at 9:20 a.m. with a music-video presentation. The morning sessions are followed by an intermission at 12:15. The program resumes at 1:35 p.m. and concludes at 4:50 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3:30 p.m. Sunday. More information about the conventions being held in select venues around the world and continuing through early 2018, as well as the activities and beliefs of Jehovah's Witnesses, can be found at their official web site: jw.org.


  • Location: 500 Howard Baker Jr. Avenue, Knoxville Civic Auditorium & Coliseum, TN
  • Phone: (606) 875-2843
  • Time: Friday and Saturday: 9:20 AM to 4:50 PM; Sunday: 9:20 AM to 3:30 PM
  • Price: Free and no collections are taken
Don't Give Up!