At the first level of the Scientology ecclesiastical hierarchy are the individual ministers of Scientology who do not serve on the staff of a Church or mission. These field ministers organize groups to provide introductory religious services to their families, friends and members of their communities. They provide religious services and minister to the spiritual needs of individuals. They are also involved in the myriad activities one traditionally associates with a community ministry such as marriage counseling and helping others overcome drug abuse and other problems.
Field auditors form Auditors Associations or Dianetics Counseling Groups as a means of expanding their activities to include organized lectures, seminars and other dissemination activities.