Reflecting on Being a Scientology Church Staff Member

Office at Founding Church of Scientology

Taken in my office at the Founding Church of Scientology, shortly after I started on staff.

The amazing surge of life & activity in and around the Founding Church of Scientology in Washington, D.C. these days has inspired me to write a bit on my time as a Scientology staff member, one of the most amazing periods of my life which I’ll cherish forever.

In an absolutely futile attempt to encapsulate the experience in a few words, I’ll say this: My time as a Scientology staff member was easily the most fun, the most challenging, rewarding, and the most life-changing experience I’ve ever undertaken. And I say that with no qualifiers, and no exceptions.

That obviously begs the question of “why”.  That, unfortunately takes a bit longer to express, but if you’ll bear with me, I’ll attempt to articulate.

Prior to my being on staff, I had a life which (I say now in retrospective) was a bit flat and purposeless.  I had gotten a string of excellent IT jobs that made great money, and had no problem, really, acquiring any car, computer, vacation, or other worldly item I wanted.  However, my activities were unpleasantly self-oriented, and I knew that.  There’s only so much gratification one can get from helping oneself, and oneself only.

Once one has a great car, a nice house, all the computer equipment one could ask for, and a body in good health, one sort of realizes that there’s got to be a bigger game – and a cooler one too that doesn’t just involve oneself.

At Scientology Y2K New Years Event

My then-fiancee, now wife of 11 years, at the Scientology New Year's party 2000.

I then started dating a girl (now my wife of 11 years) who was a staff member at the Founding Church of Scientology in Washington, DC.  After weeks of observing her and the fun she was having as a staff member, I decided to take a break from computer networking and take up a position on staff at the Church.

I honestly had no idea the number of changes that would make in me, all of them changes for the better.

To sum up a few points:

  • I was able to make a real difference in an organization providing honest, effective help to others. I couldn’t begin to count up the vast numbers of saved marriages, saved careers, happier families, smarter kids, more effective businessmen, and empowered individuals that I personally witnessed when on staff in DC.   Week in and week out, there was just person after person, helped individually with whatever it was that was most ruining their life.The work I personally did was mainly with personnel, seeing to it that there were people there to do the work, that they knew their jobs, that they were happy at it, and could be effective at it.  Made it all the more fun when areas of the organization I helped establish then went on to create products like those mentioned above.

    Founding Church of Scientology:  Organizing & Training

    Helping out my dad, also staff at the Founding Church, grooving him in on one of his organizational duties.

  • It was immensely challenging. I had done things before which I felt were challenging, but nothing compared to this.  The job I walked into required I learn how to do virtually every job in the organization, and to understand in detail how each part of the Church contributes to the whole.  As such, it wasn’t until I stepped on staff that I really started to get an idea of my own limitations and how far I could really push myself – how fast could I learn, how fast could I adapt to something new, how effective could I be, etc.I think any staff member knows exactly what I’m talking about, and anyone who hasn’t yet tried it just plain won’t know until you do.
  • Oh, my good lord, is it just the most FUN group to work with. I can’t emphasize enough how much fun it is to work with a positive, energetic-beyond-comprehension, gung-ho group of folks who each of them came on board to work with the Church for the right reasons – to make the planet a better place one individual at a time.
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Founding Church of Scientology Staff - Circa December 1999

It’s that last part I’m reminded of constantly now that I get to rub elbows with the Church Staff here on a regular basis.  They are the most caring, fantastic, outrageous, amazing people I’ve ever known, people that I am just utterly proud to say are my friends.

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I'm a Linux network engineer, a mountain biker, a daddy and a Scientologist. I run the ScientologyParent.com website, am married to a great wife, and have a pair of absurdly cute kids.

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16 comments on “Reflecting on Being a Scientology Church Staff Member
  1. djdiaz says:

    Great article! Very inspiring.

  2. Adrienne says:

    Thank you for the inspiration.

  3. Tracey Bell says:

    That is great news!!

    I love watching good news.

  4. Cindy says:

    Fantastic capture of the joys of being on staff; as a staff member myself, there is nothing more rewarding at the end of the day.

  5. grahame says:

    Great article. What you express is exactly how I felt about my time working in a Scientology Church. It was less recent than your time, but just as fun and rewarding.

  6. Jason McRoy says:

    I totally agree! My time on staff was awesome. I was on staff for 10 years. You learn so much while on staff that you just won’t get anywhere else or through any other experience.
    Thank you for bringing back some great memories! :-)

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    Hey! That is really interesting and cool :) Made me ponder a few options…

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  12. Hiram says:

    Hi,

    How many hours does a Staff member works a day?

    Thanks,

    • Most Scientology churches run two different staffs – one that handles daytime hours, and the other that works evenings & weekends. The daytime staff generally work from around 9am to 6pm, Monday through Friday, and the other staff work from 6pm to 9:30-10:00pm Monday-Friday and then 9-7’ish on the weekends.

      When I was a staff member in Washington, DC, I was on the weekday schedule, and so would usually get to work at around 8:30am, work until 6. I then had a number of administrative training courses that I did at the church, which I studied most nights usually until 9:30. My weekends were free with the exception of events and conventions that we would sometimes put on, on Friday or Saturday nights.

  13. Jeremy Montanez says:

    Love scientology and think its the greatest church to have ever came about in this world. Id do anything to join and truly know how to know and lead the greatest of lives with scientology. I hope one day I will be privledged enough to join and experience a life I never imagined. Lrh and David miscavage are heros

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