200,000 forms distributed in church life survey

A semi-trailer load of survey forms is being distributed to around 7000 local churches belonging to 22 different denominations in the largest interchurch event of 2006 - the National Church Life Survey.

The goal of the 2006 Survey is to help churches assess their health and build on their strengths.

In the survey, church attenders are asked to take 20 minutes to share their views on church life in the survey which will take place in every state until November.

"We've dispatched over 200,000 survey forms so far to Queensland, Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia. The logistics staff are doing a fantastic job, as are our volunteers. I'm excited to see it all coming together so smoothly," said Kathy Jacka, Logistics Manager.

"I'm more excited about the opportunities this will be giving to churches. It's fantastic to speak to people all over Australia and get a snap shot of their world, and hear about their local area. Churches and communities all over Australia are going to be impacted…that's huge!"

"And so they know, with every Australia Post package that is sent, so is our prayer asking God to bless, strengthen and encourage each of our churches to have 'life to the full'," Kathy Jacka said.

Every church that takes part in the Survey will receive a kit of results, containing a 28 page Church Life Profile containing their unique results, as well as other resources.

National Church Life Survey (Media Release, 6/8/06)

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7 Aug 2006