13,273,500 square feet.
Add to that another amount, 250 percent.
While the Church of Scientology’s impact on society cannot be gauged by a measuring stick, its physical footprint can be. The premises of Scientology Churches, administrative offices and Church-supported centers for humanitarian programs have now reached the first number. And it, indeed, represents a 250-percent jump over just one decade ago.
At that time, the Church engaged a many-faceted program to establish new Churches and Church-sponsored centers around the world—facilities capable of extending all religious services and humanitarian programs on a scale to not only meet, but to overtake, the mounting crises of society.
A bold and ambitious undertaking—perceived as even quixotic by some—the program has nonetheless been a continuing success story as the religion’s growth accelerates year after year.
2.4 million hours of spiritual counseling
2016 was an unparalleled year for delivery of the core religious service of Scientology—spiritual counseling, or auditing, helping members to attain newfound states of spiritual awareness. The principle Churches worldwide—145 organizations which serve as the senior Churches for their respective areas—alone delivered more than 2.4 million hours of auditing throughout the year, representing a 170 percent increase.
“Scientologists seek to help people whose faces they’ve never seen, whose eyes they may never look into and whose names they will never know.”
Rev. Johnny Ray Youngblood, nationally renowned minister and senior pastor at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in New York City
1 new Scientology group opened every day.
184 countries: from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe
The total number of countries with Scientology Churches, groups and Church-sponsored programs and activities in 2016.
Every day 1,120,132 people became aware of their human rights
through the Church-supported United for Human Rights program and its affiliated Youth for Human Rights International. The program is the most extensive initiative anywhere to raise awareness of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights through media and to realize its principles through education.
A worldwide network of 1.5 million volunteers
Churches of Scientology and their members support nine international humanitarian initiatives as well as myriad local community programs, from tutoring to elderly assistance to neighborhood improvement. These initiatives fueled a worldwide network of more than 1.5 million volunteers during 2016, working to achieve drug-free schools and neighborhoods, peaceful and crime-free communities, literate and capable youth, and human rights for all.
schools, groups and agencies using the Church-sponsored “The Truth About Drugs” education program.
Every day 68,570 people found out the truth about drugs
through the global campaign sponsored by the Church of Scientology—The Truth About Drugs, the largest nongovernmental drug education program in the world. The campaign’s audiovisual and printed materials, largely written and presented by former users and addicts, empower youth to make their own informed decisions about drugs.
“We are very grateful for the resources and support provided by the Foundation for a Drug-Free World; and we encourage other youth programs to also use these effective materials. We’d also like to thank the Church of Scientology for providing the Foundation with the support necessary to create and distribute these materials.”
Valerie Lord, Executive Director, Hollywood Police Activities League
Working in partnership with 89,929 groups and individuals
Churches of Scientology, and the social betterment and humanitarian organizations they sponsor, work in partnership with nearly 90,000 groups, agencies, educators and civic leaders to help communities with solutions to societal problems.
- Humanitarian organizations
- Social & civic groups
- Schools, universities & teachers
- Religious organizations
- Human rights organizations
- Government agencies
39 rehabilitation centers
Drug and alcohol addiction is a global problem requiring a global solution—which is what the network of Narconon centers worked to achieve in 2016 across the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Narconon, based on discoveries made by L. Ron Hubbard, is a unique program to help addicts overcome dependencies and set out on a path to long-term success. In late 2015, new Narconon Continental Training Centers opened for Latin America, the United Kingdom, and the European continent, supporting the program’s expansion.
Scientology Volunteer Ministers in 1,293 cities worldwide
respond in times of trouble, large and small. One of the largest independent international relief forces, VMs help others with an array of tools to improve virtually any aspect of life.
2.1 million students
Applied Scholastics, the global, secular education network utilizing L. Ron Hubbard’s education breakthroughs, helped 2.1 million students to improve literacy and academic results in 2016.
One every 2 hours
The rate at which the network of Narconon centers produced a new drug-free graduate through the last year.