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2011 NCLS: half a million surveys with churches

Thousands of churches can claim to be part of the largest nationwide survey after the national census. Twenty years since it first began in 1991, the 2011 National Church Life Survey took place in churches from September to November.

Like the previous Church Life Surveys, this fifth NCLS will provide an evidence base to help churches identify strengths, find signs of hope and connect with the wider community.

More than half a million attender survey forms were posted to churches in 23 denominations. Now the responses are flooding back!

Participating churches can expect their own results in early 2012.

Here are some fast facts about the 2011 National Church Life Survey

  • A nation-wide ecumenical venture
  • 23 denominations represented in the 2011 NCLS
  • Twenty years old: first took place in 1991
  • Happens every five years at the same time as the national census
  • ~ 580 000 surveys ‘in the field’
  • Translated to eight languages: English, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Tongan, Italian, and two new in 2011– Arabic and Dinka (Sudanese)
  • Nearly 30 000 Children Attender Surveys ordered for 8 to 14 year olds
  • New online surveys for those who have a connection with the church, but may not be regular attenders - Youth Plus Survey and Community Contacts Surveys
different surveys available

Denominations in every State and Territory in Australia are represented in the 2011 NCLS and include: Anglican Church, Australian Christian Churches (AOG), Baptist Churches, Brethren Churches, Catholic Church, Christian Life Churches, Christian Missionary Alliance, C3 Churches (CCC), CRC Churches International, Christian Outreach Centres, Christian Reformed Churches, Church of the Nazarene, Churches of Christ, Congregational Churches, Grace Communion International, IPHC Ministries, Lutheran Church, Presbyterian Church, Salvation Army, Seventh-day Adventist, Uniting Church, Vineyard Fellowship, and some Independent Churches.

Whether or not you took part, your church may have questions about the Survey..

Completed surveys? What now?

If your church took part, please encourage your leaders to post completed surveys back to NCLS Research as soon as possible. This will help us get through processing the mountain of paper in the next few months to get results back ASAP. Send them to PO Box 6080, Sydney Parcels BMLC, Chullora NSW 2190.

Have surveys, but not yet completed?

If you have a Survey Pack for your church, but haven’t completed the surveys, please keep them and do the survey when you can. While we can’t guarantee a fast turnaround of results, it is more important to us that you take part – even if late. Given the Christmas and holiday season, you may choose to delay the survey till February 2012.

Did not take part, but would now like to?

We will still support churches who wish to take part in the National Church Life Survey. Please contact the NCLS Research – surveys@ncls.org.au - to express your interest.

Local Church Life Surveys to start in mid 2012

From the middle of 2012, any church who wishes to will be able to run a Local Church Life Survey at a time of their choosing. This can be useful in times of change, such as new leadership, or to evaluate progress.


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