Community service activities of local churches

Nine in ten churches in Australia provide community service activities

Some 89% of all churches in Australia provide community service activities

Community Services in Local Churches

The vast majority of all churches (89%) in Australia provided community service activities of some form at least occasionally in 2016. Some 71% of churches reported running these activities at least monthly over the previous 12 months. This is an extraordinary gift to the well-being of Australian society, creating opportunities for community and care.

The table below lists the service activities of all Australian churches, from the most common to the least common. It shows that both emergency relief/material assistance and visiting are the most common forms of service activities churches are performing, with around three quarters (74%) of churches partaking in these activities at least occasionally. It is also common for churches to offer some form of counselling (44%). Churches are clearly involved in a diverse range of practical services in their communities.

Data Sources:

Data source: Powell, R. Sterland, S. Pepper, M. and Hancock, N. (2016). 2016 NCLS Attender Survey [Data file]. Sydney: NCLS Research.

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