Inside and Outside the Churches of Scientology Around the World
New Churches of Scientology are now coming up left, right and centre, with new and rather impressive buildings being planned and built in cities around the world. An example of this is the new Church of Scientology in Pasadena, California.
Scientologists call these buildings “Ideal Orgs” or Ideal Scientology Organizations. What does this mean – an “Ideal Org? The origin of this term is from an essay, formally adopted as Church Policy, which L. Ron Hubbard wrote called “The Ideal Org” (an essay which anyone can read from the Scientology Management Series volumes) - an essay outlining all of the functions and actions any Church of Scientology should be doing, and the responsibility that Church would be taking for its general area. It’s called an “Ideal” organization, as it represents the ideal which any Scientology organization can compare itself to, and one two which any organization can then look and see where they are measuring up well, and where they need to improve.
These Churches of Scientology (like the Founding Church of Scientology of Washington, D.C. pictured above) have many features that enable them to take on such embracive responsibility.
Some of the points Mr. Hubbard enumerates in his The Ideal Org essay are as follows:
“It would have enough space to train, process and administrate without crowding.” – LRH
One common feature that you’ll find in this new breed of Scientology organizations is quite a bit more space. As an example, the new Church of Scientology of Washington, D.C. sits at roughly 49,000 square feet, replacing and augmenting the earlier 17,000 sq-ft Church that D.C. Scientologists had frankly grown out of. You can see the spacious nature of other new Scientology churches in these photos of the churches in Quebec, Bruxelles, and Mexico City.
Mr. Hubbard then goes along to define all of the other major features one would expect to find in an Ideal Church of Scientology, down to how the Church should be contacting its parishioners, the extreme competence with which new counsellors would be trained by the Church, the sharpness of the staff in doing their jobs, and the excellent results the organization would be achieving. He says:
“Such an ideal org would be built by taking what one has and step-by-step building and smoothing; grooving in and handling each of its functions, with each of its divisions doing more and more of its full job better and better.” – LRH
This is why these new ideal buildings are such a crucial step to making a Scientology Church that takes on the full breadth of its full responsibilities for its community. Previously, in churches that were too small to fit all of the functions of a full Church of Scientology, the actions the church was meant to do were not able to come to fruition. But with this new breed of churches – built with expansive chapels, panels to introduce new people to the subject of Scientology, seminar rooms and facilities to reach out into the community with anti-drug education, human rights programs, and the like – now these churches can really start to expand into the pivotal role to help their community that their staffs and parishioners have always striven for.
Below is a list of new Ideal Churches of Scientology around the world, with photos of each and how to get in contact with them: