NCLS Research is a world leader in research focused on connecting churches and their communities. Decades of rigorous and thoughtful research has examined wellbeing, spirituality and church health. Our vision is for thriving Christian communities understanding their role and mission within a changing society.


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You can run a Local Community Survey or Church Life Survey at any time


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The Student Spiritual Life Survey is now available for 2024!


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Latest Research Findings


Disability provisions in churches

Many churches provide for people with disabilities, whether in facilities or in a culture of inclusion. In fact, some 90% of local churches surveyed in the 2021 NCLS, said they offered at least one type of provision for people with disabilities, from a list of four options. So, how well do churchgoers rate those provisions? Are they adequate for people with disabilities?

Mental health support from churches

Churchgoers who had sought or received treatment for a mental health issue in the last 2 years, were asked to rate the support they received from their church in regard to their mental health. Mental health support from churches is rated as good, yet many churches are unaware.

Churchgoers experience of disability

In the 2021 NCLS we asked churchgoers about their personal experience or connection with disability. More than half of church attenders indicate that they have an experience of, or connection with disability. Nearly three in ten say they experience a health problem that affects their involvement in church life.

Is your church ready to try new things?

Our research into church health shows that when attenders are open to innovation, it is positively linked with both numerical church growth and attracting newcomers. So, how do church attenders rate their local church in its openness to new initiatives? Around two thirds of churchgoers say their church is always ready to try something new. However, differences emerge between age groups and those with a leadership role.

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Church Attender Profiles Now Available

Understand your chosen group of churchgoers

Are you interested in doing a deep dive on a particular group of church attenders? Explore our range of Church Attender Profiles, focussing on your chosen group of attenders. Understand their views of church health and experiences of church life. Browse by life stage, generation, gender and more...

Do you know about a church plant or new gathering?

Share with others in the New Churches Project!

Can you contribute to the New Churches Project which aims to support the Australian Church to invest in new churches or gatherings?

Student Spiritual Life Survey

A survey to understand the spiritual beliefs, attitudes and practices of your students and the impact of your school

Understand the spiritual beliefs, attitudes and practices of your students and the impact of your school activities on their faith. Developed by NCLS Research, this survey is based on more than 30 years of experience in world-class research into faith, church life and spirituality.

Church Life Survey

Anytime, any church can order a Church Life Survey!

You can discover valuable insights about your church through a Church Life Survey anytime. It is simple to run, and in only 20 minutes, enables your church to assess your church health, discover and build on your strengths, and determine priorities and future directions.


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