Scientology – What are Volunteer Ministers?

(first published on Nolan Chart:

For anyone new to the subject of the ongoing Scientology debate, here is a more basic article on The Scientology Volunteer Ministers (VMs).

In short, the Scientology Volunteer Ministers (VMs) are the help force of the Church of Scientology, founded by Scientology-founder L. Ron Hubbard in the 1970s:

“A Volunteer Minister is a person who helps his fellow man on a volunteer basis by restoring purpose, truth and spiritual values to the lives of others.” L. Ron Hubbard

VMs are trained in disaster response techniques but also in general administration and to give help to others in all situations in life. They VMs exist since the 1970s but after a “Wake Up Call” triggered off by the 9/11 terror acts they now number more than 87,000 all over the world. VMs are regularly despatched to disaster zones to give help, hundreds of thousands of man hours since 2001. They proudly call themselves the biggest disaster relief force on earth and I believe they are. Every VM is a volunteer who quits his or her job for several days, weeks or even months to help others in need.

From “When disaster strikes, the Volunteer Ministers are among the first to arrive. Trained to respond to emergency situations, they provide whatever is needed to immediately alleviate suffering and bring order quickly. And because the technology they apply is simple and effective, they quickly train others so they too can provide help.

In the last year alone the Volunteer Ministers have given real help to 1.6 million people from all walks of life and in 114 countries. That is why Scientology Volunteer Ministers live by the motto: Something Can Be Done About It.”

More information about the Volunteer Ministers are on their website. I recommend to check the VM news section to get an idea in which areas they work and how.

There are also plenty of videos about the VMs on Youtube and also on the Video Channel.



  1. No, that’s wonderful. You are truly an amazing, wonderful, selfless person. And that very well may be true. I have no beef with no, despite your self-righteous, insulting and vulgar nature. No, I blame the group with which you align, which I believe has made you self-righteous, insulting and vulgar. You, and most other yellow jackets may truly WANT to help, and believe that you are, but the rest of us question the motives of those that dispatch you.
    So your motives, surely very pure- despite the way that you deal with people that don’t agree with you (as you may accurately represent your church), but the rest of us are looking at the bigger picture.

  2. Actually I saw a lot of dead bodies. They did not remove anyone from the houses or office buildings that caved in on them. The stench is horrible, especially downtown.

    I could help people by organizing food and water, transport to medical facilities and proper medical care by relieving the doctors and nurses we brought in from LA from logistics and other duties. I did so because I am a Scientologist and I like to help. No other reason. Certainly you would still find something wrong with that.

    I truly pity you.

    – L

  3. bump, for the reminder.

    it’s nice that you want to give a full trip report. but we have no doubt that you saw very nice things, we’re just looking for answers to some pretty simple questions.

    so don’t knock yourself out over it.

  4. we’re all looking forward to it.

    please don’t get me wrong, think that we’re all happy that you guys brought some doctors and supplies. that’s very nice.

    the point of the questions, I believe, centered more on the overt and covert reasons, if any, for sending so many yellow jackets and, apparently, a photographer. while i’m sure that their intentions were grand, the pr potential, and taken, seems suspect.

    after all, give the international red cross the choice between offering to send some medical stuff, but also many untrained volunteers, versus giving them the money to send only trained personnel, and supplies at their cheaper rate, which would they choose? and they wouldn’t care, they’d pose ith an oversized check and allow it to be used in promotional material, because they have no need to advertise.

    point being, i’m sure your intentions were good, but a greater good could have been realized- more doctors could have been sent and more supplies provided, by a generous donation.

    I think that some of the suspicion comes from the iran protests, when scientolohy did not oppose the human rights violations (not even yhri, knowing ofa violation of the universal declaration of human rights), and it was left to the anons to help fight the human rights abuses. that may have resulted in bad pr for scientology, explaining the very public actions here.

    difference being that you have scientology issuing press releases and alerting the press to their actions, even sending a photographer, while you have anons still on groung, quietly toiing away, or giving money generously, as they are able, all without a single press release.

    in fact just between me and my closest friends, according to red cross estimates, this small group of anons has funded literally tons of food and supplies, and many many professional medical personnel. so that’s not too bad. or would you disagree?


    I am too tired to type up my travel report but just keep reminding me in the next days.

    – L

  6. that is actually a very important question.
    we’ve seen them appear at 9-11 and now in Haiti. and of course we’ve seen the controversy associated with their presence.
    by showing up, they require valuable food, water, shelter and other important resources.
    what, exactly, do they give in return?

  7. I think it’s a great idea, of course, and I’m sure that these people truly want to help people. They’re generally good eggs.

    But I can’t find clarification on this, your comment”

    “Trained to respond to emergency situations”

    What training do they receive, as relevant to emergency situations? First Aid? Search and Rescue? Triage and body retrieval? Or is it purely in application of the “tech”?

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