Local Org Magazine Statistics
Note: Preliminary analysis suggests that about 60% of people who try
Scientology do only a single course or service, that 80% of new members
become inactive within 2 years, and that 65% of those who reach
the level of Clear become inactive within a year after doing so. The
older a list, the more likely that a person listed on it is no longer
involved in Scientology.
As part of my ongoing project of compiling and analyzing Scientology's statistics, I am collecting statistics from every Scientology magazine I can find.
I have a collection of org magazines from individual Scientology orgs, including
Since I live in San Francisco, I am especially interested in Gateway.
As I get more data, I plan to analyze the statistics for each org. In addition, I plan to compile data from old issues of Auditor magazine, which used to list completions for each local org, and compare that to more recent data. (In the meantime, you may be interested in analysis I have done on data from Advance, Celebrity, and Freewinds.)
About the Magazines
Per policy, org magazines are supposed to come out every month in alternating Major and Minor issues. Major issues are supposed to include completions lists, and are supposed to be mailed to people who have done a service or at least bought a book; Minors are not supposed to include completions lists, and are to go to everyone on the mailing list, even people who haven't spent any money on Scn.
However, not all orgs have adhered closely to this policy. It's not uncommon to find Minor issues with completions listed and Major issues with no completions listed.
In recent years, org mags have been produced centrally. Issues from different orgs look nearly identical and contain nearly identical content. Only a few pages - indeed, usually only parts of those pages - contain information related to the local org. Often there will be a message from the local executive director; sometimes there will be a half page or a page of local org news; and, if there are completions listed, those reflect completions from the local org only. However, even many success stories are duplicated across the country, rather than originating from the local org.
Older org mags (from the 1970s) contain a great deal of local information, including interviews with local Scientologists, articles written by local staff members, and sometimes poetry or artwork contributed by local members.
Because many org mags had been publishing for years (sometimes decades) before the centralized publishing began, the numbering system often changes.
I am very interested in receiving copies of, or information from, all issues of all org magazines, even the ones I already have.
Many, many people have contributed to the statistics project by sending in tallies, completions lists, or old magazines. The contribution page tells more about how you can help. I thank all those who have contributed so far!
This page was last updated on March 13, 2012 by Kristi Wachter.