The Church of Scientology is formed into an ecclesiastical structure which unifies and aligns a multitude of diverse religious activities including not only auditing and training, but proselytization, ecclesiastical management, relay of communication, production of dissemination materials and many other functions. Thus the Scientology religious community is united both by common beliefs and practices and an organizational form uniquely suited to its religious mission.
cientologists come together in a worldwide hierarchical religious community. The structure of this community is an important, functional part of the Scientology religion. Because Scientology Scripture requires that its religious practices be ministered in an orthodox manner, the hierarchical structure helps ensure that individual churches receive the support and guidance needed to do this. All Scientologists are thus assured of an orthodox religious observance in every church around the world.
This ecclesiastical structure also helps unify and align a multitude of diverse activities in addition to the core religious services of auditing and training—such as proselytization, ecclesiastical management, relay of communication, production of dissemination materials, and many other functions.
Thus, the Scientology religious community is united not only by shared beliefs and practices, but also by an organizational form uniquely suited to forwarding its religious mission.
This structure also helps bring parishioners together in other ways, such as annual celebrations of Scientology holidays, including the founder’s birthday and a day set aside to acknowledge the works of ministers. Tens of thousands attend such occasions, which are hosted by churches at all levels of the hierarchy.