The 2021 National Church Life Survey is designed to be an inclusive, life-giving tool that not only appraises and measures, but also listens in order to help discern a way forward, in such times.
The 2021 NCLS:
• listens to the experiences of churchgoers, to gather their discernments and evaluations.
• helps equip local church leaders to respond contextually and relationally, as they identify the needs and lived experience of their people.
• assists denominational leaders to plan strategically and pastorally for emerging needs and opportunities.
This year, the 2021 NCLS will track emerging trends, with specific questions addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on churchgoers across the country. Measures of personal wellbeing amongst local church leaders are also included as an addition for the current climate.
The survey is a safe and effective way to hear from everyone. It is a listening tool, with credible research design, by which local church leaders can gather the thoughts, hopes and feedback of their own attenders. They can see emerging trends in the lived experience of people practicing their Christian faith, whether that is face-to-face, in a virtual online setting or in a hybrid models of church.
Church leaders also learn from one another, as the National Church Life Survey canvasses tens of thousands of leaders in thousands of congregations, to listen, evaluate and identify effective and sustainable practices.
This unique research project provides each participating church with a Church Life Pack of survey results, practical resources and planning processes for churches to use, as they reflect and plan together for the future of mission and ministry in their own context.
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