Who's in the Pews? View webinar now

Who really goes to church today.. and what that means for ministry and mission.

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Who's in the Pews?

Who really goes to church today.. and what that means for ministry and mission. Stream now available.

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Webinar presented on Thursday 29 September, 11.00am-12.00 noon AEST. Now available to view online (above).


Resources about age groups in church:

Pastor Aaron Fozzard, who provided some reflections on young adults, referred to some resources in that breakout session.   Links to those resources are below:

What do we know about the people who go to church in Australia today? How old are they? What are their education levels? What are their cultural backgrounds?

This webinar presents the latest demographic picture of Australian churchgoers, based on the results from the 2021 National Church Life Survey. It is the first release of findings from the 2021 NCLS, so don't miss out! View now using the streamed recording above.

About the webinar:

Considering the disruption to church life over the last few years, gaining an accurate picture of who really goes to church today will inform every church leader in a COVID changed world.

The keynote presentation will be presented by Dr Ruth Powell, Director of NCLS Research, followed by reflections from a panel of ministry practitioners. After a Q&A session, the webinar will conclude with a breakout session where participants can choose to join a breakout room for further discussion with each of the ministry practitioners.


In this webinar you’ll discover:

  • Gender, age, educational profile and cultural diversity of Australian churchgoers
  • Practical ministry implications arising from the results, presented by a panel of experienced ministry practitioners

Insights are based on the 2021 National Church Life Survey (NCLS) , the largest survey of its type in the world. Conducted every 5 years and involving thousands of churches across more than 20 Christian denominations , the survey results provide a credible evidence-base for churches to strengthen their vitality, develop effective leadership and inform their ministry and mission, in the Australian context.


Keynote Speaker: Dr Ruth Powell, Director, NCLS Research

Dr Ruth Powell is Director of NCLS Research, a research centre that focuses on church vitality and community spirituality and wellbeing. Ruth has worked with NCLS Research since 1991 and became Director in 2007. She also holds a position as Associate Professor and Research Fellow, Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Charles Sturt University.

Dr Coz Crosscombe, Anglican Diocese of Sydney

Dr Coz Crosscombe is an Australian who spent the last 28 years living and working in Philadelphia, USA. He works for the Anglican Diocese of Sydney as a Community Engagement Pastor with a focus around engagement in marginalised communities. Coz’s primary interest has been on collaborative approaches to solving complex systemic issues in marginalised communities.  He has predominately done this from a faith based approach, seeking real community transformation.

Aaron Fozzard, Queensland Baptists 

Aaron is the Youth and Young Adults Ministry State Director for Queensland Baptists. He is passionate about creating community wherever he goes, connecting people and people to Jesus. He builds community by drinking good coffee with people, working on events and projects with other leaders from across Queensland and Australia, facilitating networking events and coaching current and future leaders.

Rev Dr Paul Goh, The Uniting Church South Australia

Rev Dr Paul Goh is Korean-Australian Uniting Church minister and currently working with the Synod of South Australia’s Mission Resourcing team in the areas of Justice and Multicultural and Cross-cultural ministry.

He has had diverse ministry experience in Korea, the USA, and Australia including ministry with Korean, Anglo-multicultural and Fijian congregations in Melbourne. Being a practical theologian, Paul provides guest lectures and postgraduate supervision with Adelaide College of Divinity and Flinders University.

Major Sandra McLean , The Salvation Army 

A Scottish born Australian, Sandra has served as a Salvation Army Officer for 35 years. During this time, she has held appointments around Australia; as well as in New Zealand and Sri Lanka. Her service has been varied and has included Pastoral Leadership as well as Administrative and Teaching roles. 

She is currently the Faith Communities Development Secretary and spends her days helping Faith Community leaders to explore platforms, paradigms and models of faith communities, so that they can flourish in a rapidly changing world. Sandra is passionate about exploring how the church can effectively and positively impact future generations.

Our thanks go to Baptist Financial Services for their sponsorship of this webinar

Data Sources:

2021 National Church Life Survey, completed by local churches in 2021 and 2022

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