NCLS Research has been mapping the size of Australian churches since 1991. Here are findings on the size of denominations, as well as the number and average size of congregations.
NCLS Research can also shed some light on the difference size makes to church vitality and effectiveness.
- Some 19% of Australians claim to attend church at least monthly (Well-being 2003).
- About 1.7 million people (9%) attend a Catholic, Anglican and Protestant church in a typical week(NCLS 2001).
- The Catholic Church is the largest denomination with around half of all church attenders, followed by the Anglican Church with 12% (NCLS 2001).
- The average size of a congregation in Australia is between 60-70 people (NCLS 2001).
NCLS Research Findings on the Size of Churches