The Knights Templar operate on a local, state and national level. But their religious activities extend across international borders as well.
The national governing body for the Knights Templar in the USA is The Grand Encampment of Knights Templar. This unit defines the 11 rituals and laws governing state and local level organizations.
The state level is called A Grand Commandery of Knights Templar. This organization represents members of a state or an area of equivalent size.
Finally, the local level unit is called a Commandery of Knights Templar. There are almost 1,300 Commanderies in communities across the United States, Germany, Italy and Mexico, with over 145,000 members. Similar bodies exist in other countries as well.
Currently, Templar membership consists of people from all walks of life, including doctors, lawyers, clergy, businessmen and entertainment personalities, all of whom profess a belief in the Christian Religion.
All Knights Templar are members of the world’s oldest fraternal organization known as “The Ancient Free And Accepted Masons” or more commonly known as “masons”. However, not all masons are Templars. Templary is but a part of the Masonic structure known as the “York Rite Of Freemasonry”.