About Scientology Missions International
Welcome to the Scientology Missions International Website. This site will help provide you with basic information about what Scientology is, what Church of Scientology Missions are and the role they play in providing spiritual freedom to millions around the world.
Scientology itself is a religion which holds in common many of the beliefs of other religions and philosophies. The word Scientology is taken from the Latin scio, which means "knowing in the fullest sense of the word," and the Greek word logos, meaning "study of." It literally means "knowing how to know." Scientology itself is defined as "The study and handling of the spirit in relationship to itself, universes and other life."
Scientology is an applied religious philosophy which addresses the spiritual being. It directly raises his awareness and ability, and by doing so, he also becomes increasingly able to overcome the negative factors that impair him. Scientology, then, contains solutions to the problems of living and can and does accomplish these ends routinely, daily, all over the world.
In practical terms, a Scientology Mission is the entrance point in Scientology for people of all faiths and walks of life. Here, people become introduced to Dianetics and Scientology technology, they take their first services and begin their journey on the pathway to greater freedom.
Not unlike those early pioneers who braved challenging environments in far-flung countries, opening up Scientology today in a new place—whether a small town in the USA or a mountain village in Nepal—is always an adventure. There are hundreds of missions located in scores of countries around the world.
Missions provide a meeting place for the Scientology community and care for peoples needs. It does this by ministering beginning Dianetics and Scientology services (for a full list of the services missions deliver visit the "What is a Mission?" web page in this site). Scientology missions also preside over naming ceremonies, officiate over marriages and funerals and are there to assists those in distress. A mission opens it's doors to Scientologists and non-Scientologists alike for Sunday Services and fosters the sense of community essential to any decent civilization.
To assist missions in these endeavors, Scientology Missions International (SMI) was formed to act as the mother church for all missions. SMI's international offices provide guidance, help and direction for existing missions through a global network of continental offices. Through training manuals, apprenticeships, direct consultation, magazines, newsletters, promotion and a wealth of other materials, SMI provides the wherewithal new and existing missions need to function and expand.
Although missions start in a number of ways, the simple fact is that any Scientologist may qualify to open one and thereby contribute to the spiritual growth of his community. Often, missions are founded by Scientologists who, having experienced the benefits of Scientology, want to introduce their religion to others in new parts of the world. Starting a mission is truly a pioneering activity that fulfills the wishes of Scientologists who want to offer to others in sometimes remote corners of the world the spiritual gains they have themselves realized.
Throughout the pages of this site you can find the location of any of the numerous Scientology missions around the world; find out what a Mission Holder is and how easy it is to become one; discover the benefits of opening a mission; read the recent wins and latest breaking news from missions around the world and even create your own mission right on-line. Be sure and return to our site regularly for new expansion news and stories from other missions around the globe.