Key dates in for the 2021 NCLS project

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The 2021 NCLS is starting in November. The survey period has been extended until February 2022.

Given delays from the COVID-19 restrictions, it will be more realistic for churches to complete their surveys from November onward. Churches can still place orders and will be able to take part at a time that suits them.

Survey kits are due to be dispatched from late October. The survey is fully adaptable to COVID restrictions. The entire survey can be conducted online if needed, depending on the circumstances your church is facing at the time.


October 2021 Update on the 2021 NCLS

  • The 2021 NCLS is on, starting from November
  • The survey period has been extended until February 2022 due to COVID-19
  • Sign your churches up now- it's not too late. 


More information about survey options to adapt to various COVID-19 restrictions is available.



Summary of key dates for local churches



January-November 2021

Churches register and order surveys.

The survey registration period has been extended due to COVID-19. Churches can still order surveys.


from late October 2021

Survey kits distributed to churches.


from November 2021- February 2022

Churches complete their surveys from November until February 2022.

The survey period has been extended until the end of February 2022 due to COVID-19.


from December 2021

Churches post their completed survey items to NCLS Research.


from March-April 2022

Churches receive their survey results.





Important dates for Regional Coordinators



Consultation with denominational leaders

2019 and 2020


Denominations give an expression of Interest   

  • Indicate likely level of overall participation
  • Identify who will be the NCLS Regional Co-ordinator to receive communications      

By the end of 2020


Confirm level and type of participation                                 

  • Choose which surveys: church census, leaders, all attenders or local community.
  • Aim to involve all/most churches, a research sample or churches opt in.
  • Decide if there will be special extra denominational commissioned questions

By March 2021


Update church contact details and place survey orders

Jan to Oct 2021


Conduct 2021 National Church Life Survey

Nov 2021 until Feb 2022


Local churches return surveys to NCLS Research

From Dec 2021


NCLS Research delivers results to local churches

From March-April 2022


NCLS Research delivers regional and denominational  results

From mid 2022