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First Results from the National Church Life Survey

In May 2001 over 435,000 church attenders in more than 7000 Australian churches across 19 denominations, took part in the National Church Life Survey (NCLS) making it one of the largest surveys of its kind in the world. The survey is an opportunity for churches to reflect on their life and mission, leadership and connection with the community. For the first time the Catholic Church participated in the survey. A new addition was a version of the survey for those aged 10 to 14 years, which was undertaken in some denominations. Around 10,000 of these survey forms have been returned.

NCLS reports that unique church profiles for every congregation/parish will be sent out in early 2002. To help congregations and parishes get the most out of their survey results, NCLS Research has prepared the Connections for Life kit. Its aim is to assist churches to evaluate their life and mission, identify key priorities for the future and to develop a clearer sense of purpose and call. Resources will also be available online at

The ABC Sacred Space website this morning carries a report on the first results to emerge from the 2001 National Church Life Survey. Some 28% of attenders are strongly committed to the vision or directions of their congregation and a further 19% are partly committed. While few are unhappy with the directions of their church, others feel they cannot see clear directions or a vision (41%). Further results can be found through the links below.

National Church Life Survey website
ABC Sacred Space website