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2021 NCLS Update: Results are out now for churches who took part in the NCLS

Enter your profile number to view your Summary Profile online

Where do I find my Profile Number?

Churches who have completed and returned their 2021 NCLS Surveys, will receive an email announcing when their Summary Profile is available online, from April 2022.

More information on what to expect after the survey

Churches who participated in the 2021 National Church Life Survey have access to their Summary Profile of results from April 2022. They will have received an email announcement with instructions to view their Summary Profile online. 



Results from the 2021 NCLS

Churches are able to view their Summary Profiles online from April 2022, containing key highlights of their survey results.

Full Church Life Profiles are being prepared, including changes over time and comparisons to benchmarks. They will be mailed to churches in a Church Life Pack of resources around September.



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About the 2021 NCLS

From November 2021 to early 2022, thousands of churches across Australia participated in the 2021 National Church Life Survey (2021 NCLS).


Through the survey, in only 20 minutes, churches were able to listen to all their church attenders in these changing times. And they receive a report to inform their decisions for the future.




The survey is designed to listen to the views of your leadership, attenders, and broader community to provide a picture of your church’s health and vitality. The results will help you identify your strengths and provide processes to help you evaluate, make decisions and connect effectively with your community.

Every local Christian church in Australia was invited to take part in the seventh nationwide survey of churchgoers- the 2021 National Church Life Survey.





Encouraging church health and vitality

The National Church Life Survey offers churches a process that:

  • Gives each person a voice (including kids)
  • Supports your local church leader/s
  • Resources your local church
  • Tracks your own church's history
  • Equips denominational leadership


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A series of interlinked surveys

Options for participation include:
1. Church Census:
To map activities, resources and people in local churches
2. Leader Survey:
For leaders to reflect on leadership development and personal wellbeing
3.Church Life Survey:
For all attenders to reflect on their experience of local church vitality
4. Local Community Survey:
NEW in 2021. To learn about views and practices of people in the community (beyond regular attenders).


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Research-based evidence for decisions

Denomination/movement leaders have evidence for their decisions:

  • Church effectiveness
    • Church health and vitality
    • Governance
    • Church planting
  • Leadership
    • Effective leadership practices
    • Sustainable leadership, thriving vs burnout
    • Formation, mentoring
  • Who goes to church
    • Newcomers to church life
    • Cultural diversity
  • Programs/systems
    • Ministry programs and outreach
    • Practices of healthy churches
  • Church in society
    • World views and social issues