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Since its incorporation in December of 1953, the Church of Scientology has created or sponsored several entities and corporations, which are connected, each with a place in the Church's organizational structure.

Known as the Command Channels of Scientology, the organizational structure of the Church includes the routes through which authorizations and permissions find their way to the higher echelons of the Church of Scientology. The Command Channels bring order to the various facets of the Church, allowing them to operate together at maximum efficiency.

The organizational structure of the Church is made up of different types of corporations, organizations, or units, with command channels between the organizations and between each echelon. The Command Channels of Scientology are followed rigidly.

The Religious Technology Center oversees the trademarks, symbols, and texts of the Church of Scientology, and controls their licensing and use. As part of the Church's international management, the RTC also polices Scientology's command channels.

While the RTC oversees the trademarks of the Church of Scientology, the Church of Spiritual Technology owns all of the copyrights, and does business as L. Ron Hubbard Library.

Sea Org is described by the Church as a fraternal religious order, made up of its most dedicated and trusted members. Although not controlled by Sea Org directly, all of the management organizations of the Church are controlled by members of Sea Org. Originally based on four ships, hence its name, it Sea Org moved to land-based operations in 1975.

The Commodore's Messenger Org is the enforcement and execution arm of the Watchdog Committee, responsible for communicating orders and verifying compliance with orders given by the WDC. Its functions are carried out through investigations and reports, executing programs, and operating missions ordered by the WDC.

The top echelon is the Church of Scientology International (International Management) which provides strategies for each part of the Church through several dependent units.

Foremost of these units is the Watchdog Committee, the highest ecclesiastical body of the Church. The WDC is responsible for evaluating the management units of the Church.

The Flag Service Org operates a religious retreat, which also serves as the spiritual headquarters for Scientologists, and is the hub of the Church's international community. It includes the Flag Ship Service Org, the Flag Crew Org, Freewinds Ship Org.

Celebrity Centres are Scientology churches intended mostly for celebrities, such as artists, politicians, sports figures, and business leaders.

Scientology Missions International manages Scientology Missions, which are beginner organizations within the Church, offering basic Dianetics and other Scientology services to Scientologists and the general public.

World Institute of Scientology Enterprises is a worldwide membership organization. Members of WISE are businesses and firms, not connected to the Church, who want to provide Scientology training to their employees and staff.

The Association for Better Living and Education was established to promote the secular uses of L. Ron Hubbard's works. ABLE oversees four other Scientology-sponsored organizations: Applied Scholastics, Criminon, Narconon, and The Way to Happiness Foundation.

Staffed by Sea Org members, Golden Era Productions produces promotional material for the Church of Scientology, and is housed on a 500-acre compounds known as Gold Base in Riverside County, California. Gold Base also serves as the headquarters for Scientology.

Bridge Publications is the chief publishing arm of the Church of Scientology. It publishes the written works of L. Ron Hubbard. Outside of North America, it operates as New Era Publications.

A wholly owned subsidiary of the Church of Spiritual Technology, Author Services represents the literary, theatrical, and musical works of L. Ron Hubbard, managing his personal, business, and literary affairs. Author Services also holds an annual Writers and Illustrators of the Future contest, which includes sponsors from outside the Church.

Originally known as the Guardian's Office, the Office of Special Affairs has responsibility for directing the legal affairs and investigations of the Church of Scientology.

These and other organizations of the Church of Scientology are the focus of topics in this category. Others include, but are not necessarily limited to, Dianetics Centers International, Dianetics Foundation International, Hubbard Dianetics Foundation, Scientology International Reserves Trust, Trust for Scientologists, Scientology Defense Trust, Citizens Commission on Human Rights, International Hubbard Ecclesiastical League of Pastors, and Scientology TV Network.



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