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Wellbeing and Security 2003

NCLS Research conducted a survey on well-being and security in co-operation with Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia and ANGLICARE (Sydney). This project was funded by an ARC SPIRT grant for three years

Purpose of the Survey

d. Each of the countries carried out surveys broadly using the Australian model developed for NCLS 1991 and NCLS 1996.

Purpose of the Project

This collaborative project was designed in the first instance to broaden the NCLS congregational health model to other countries. From the Australian perspective it was also seen as an opportunity to establish if congregational factors varied between countries because Australian churches tend to rely heavily on US research. At the same time analysis of congregations using an attender aggregation process had only ever been used in Australia before this project.


Research teams from the four countries worked together to design survey forms. Researchers in each country were responsible for funding and carrying out the survey in their country. For survey methodology refer to NCLS 2001

Data Sets

The data sets for the International survey are set out below

Attenders435,000 208,106 74,478 34,111
Congregations 7,100 1,260 966 364
Denominations 19 12 9 11

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