The majority of religions began with only a few followers, and those that have been successful have become large enough to span across national borders. They have followers who show up for worship services in their local community, but each one is a part of the larger institution. While each institution is guided by the minds and work of the leadership, the local worship centers are in charge of tending their congregation in their area.
Many of the local worship centers have a history of being available to help their congregants with issues that occur in their everyday lives, and most of them have become a place for counsel in times of need or stress. When people can find no answers to their problems, they often turn to their local church, temple or mosque for assistance. Some will have easily solved issues, but others will need guidance and support to be able to manage their lives.