The NCLS Community Social Profile (CSP) is the centrepiece of
Connections Pack. It contains census information about the local community that
surrounds your church.
Maps, pictures and tables are used to show the social make-up of a community,
how it is distinctive and how it has changed, in an easy to understand
format. Your CSP presents information in three sections:
A. Summary Overview: This section gives
you a quick overview of your community. It shows what most people in your area are like, what has changed and what is distinctive about your community.
B. Detailed Review: The Detailed Review
gives more information about the people in your local area, their
religious affiliation, household and family life, cultural background, work,
education and more.
C. Church and Community: This third part
provides a comparison of your church attenders with your local
community. It is available for churches who have completed a Church Life Survey.
View your CSP online
Churches who purchase their Community Connections Pack can access a soft copy pdf of their CSP online using their Admin Key.
Walk through your CSP page-by-page
You can take one section of your CSP at a time, walking through the information step by step.
• What has Changed in your Community
• What is Distinctive about your Community
• Population and Age Structure
• Educational Qualifications
• Employment and Income
• Households and Families
• Housing and Moving House
• Culture and Religion
• Comparing Your Church and Community
Interactive codes and links
The 2014 CSP includes scannable codes and weblinks, to enable you to
access a range of options online. When you see a code in your CSP you
can scan it using a smartphone or device, or follow the weblink to
online pages where you can find ways to Share, Engage, Dig Deeper and Apply the
Ministry tips using your CSP
A range of tip sheets have been designed to help you use information about your community to shape your ministry to various groups of people.
New Residents Ministry
Sample Community Social Profile