Complete the surveys at your church

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During the Survey

ADMINISTER THE SURVEY WELL

Organise and complete the surveys, ensuring you include everyone.


Each participating church will receive a Survey Kit including a range of surveys, along with a Guide for the person coordinating the survey at the church and Site Instructions and Video for completing the survey forms on the chosen survey day(s).



How to coordinate the 2021 NCLS at your church

Please refer to the Guide for Survey Coordinators, provided in your Survey Kit for the person coordinating the survey at your church. Also provided in your Kit are Site Instructions for Survey Day, displaying your NCLS Church Code.

Churches can choose anytime in November to conduct the survey. Churches normally select a 'survey week' free from special events e.g. baptisms, and survey all attenders at worship services, mass, small groups and activities that week.


Resources to help you coordinate the survey at your church:

A full list of survey materials contained in your Survey Kit, including types of surveys and online survey options can be viewed at 2021ncls.org.au/survey-kit

Read the Guide for Church Survey Coordinators for guidance on how to complete the 2021 NCLS surveys at your church. The Guide included in your Survey Kit is labelled with the NCLS Church Code(s) for your church.

 

GUIDE

Read the Guide for Church Survey Coordinators  

for all you need to know to complete the 2021 NCLS surveys at your church.

 

Available October 2021

SITE INSTRUCTIONS

Distribute the Site Instructions for Survey Day

and survey materials to leaders of each Worship Service, Mass or activity, at each church location, site or mass centre, where the survey will be held. 

Available October 2021

 

 

Use worship service resources

for liturgy, biblical reflections and prayers to help integrate the survey into your Worship Service or Mass. 

View worship service resources

Read 5 steps to a successful survey

for tips on how to get the most benefit out of the survey experience: prepare, administer, evaluate, communicate and act.
View "5 Steps to a Successful Survey"


If your church ordered Child Surveys: your Kit will include Child Survey Instructions and Parent Information Sheets.

Circulate the Child Survey Instructions

to leaders of children's activities where the survey will be held.
The Child Survey Instructions in your Survey Kit is labelled with the NCLS Church Code(s) for your church.

View Child Survey Instructions (pdf) (Sample only)- available October 2021

Distribute Parent Information Sheets

to parents and guardians to inform them of the Child Survey, before your survey day.

Download Parent Information Sheet (pdf)


On Survey Day: Instructions, Video and Resources

Please refer to the Site Instructions for Survey Day, included in your Survey Kit, along with the "On Your Survey Day" Video and PowerPoint Display Slides, to run the survey at your church on your chosen survey day(s).

Churches normally select a 'survey week' free from special events e.g. baptisms, and survey all attenders at worship services, mass, small groups and activities that week.


Resources to help you on your survey day:

Use the Site Instructions on your survey day

Please give the Site Instructions for Survey Day provided in your Survey Kit to leaders of each worship service, mass or group where the survey will be held. The Site Instructions in your Survey Kit is labelled with an NCLS Church Code for your church.

On your survey day video- available October 2021

Play Video “On Your Survey Day”

to introduce and explain the Attender Survey on the day you conduct the survey. (Alternatively read aloud directions on p. 2 of Site Instructions.)

Play or Download “On Your Survey Day” Video (2:35)

Available October 2021

Display your NCLS Church Code

while people complete the Attender Survey. (A PowerPoint slide template is available for use. Enter your NCLS Church Code into the  slide before projecting.)

Download the PowerPoint slide template

Available October 2021


Child Survey Instructions and Activity Sheets

If your church ordered Child Surveys

Use Child Survey Instructions

to conduct the Child Survey (for 8-14 year olds) during a worship service or children's activity.
The Child Survey Instructions in your Survey Kit is labelled with an NCLS Church Code for your church.

View Child Survey Instructions (pdf) (Sample copy)- available October 2021

Browse Activity Sheets

for use with younger children while older attenders complete the Attender Survey or Child Survey.

Download Activity Sheets for Young Children (pdf)

Available October 2021


After Survey Day

Use the Return Address label

included in your Survey Kit to post your surveys back to NCLS Research.

Churches can re-use the postpack their surveys arrived in, by sticking the return address label over the original label and then posting back to NCLS Research at Locked Bag 2113, North Ryde BC, NSW 1670. Thank you for covering the costs of return postage.

 


Checklist of key tasks in your chosen Survey period (from November 2021 onwards):

 

Before the Survey:

1. Each church may nominate a person to coordinate the survey. When you receive your Survey Kit, check over the contents, reading the Guide for Church Survey Coordinators.

2. Remind your church of the date(s) that the survey will be held. Invite them to bring along their smart device if they would like to complete the Attender Survey online.

 

Completing the Survey: from November 2021

3. Circulate Site Instructions/ Mass Centre Instructions sheets showing your NCLS Church Code, Attender Survey forms, Collection Envelopes and Survey Returns Coversheet to leaders of each worship service, Mass and/or group where you are completing the Attender Survey.
(Multi site churches need to distribute materials to each church location or site.)

4. Complete Leader Surveys (senior leader plus leadership team, elders etc.) and Church Census Form (church administrator) at any time during November.

5. Collect completed Attender Surveys and Child Surveys in Collection Envelopes and completed Reply Slips back from each worship service and group. The Survey Returns Coversheet should be completed for each location and included with their completed surveys.

6. Collect all other completed surveys (e.g. Leader Surveys and Church Census).

 

After the Survey: 2 weeks after completion of surveys

7. As you gather all completed survey items, ensure that the Survey Returns Coversheet has been completed to ensure all items are included. (Multi site churches will need to complete a Coversheet for every location or site returning surveys).
8. Place all completed survey items and the Coversheets in the post pack or box.
9. Post back to NCLS Research, Locked Bag 2113, North Ryde BC, NSW 1670. Thank you for covering return postage.

 


NEXT STEP (in 2022):

AFTER THE SURVEY: In March-April 2022 you will receive your survey results and a resource pack to help you EVALUATE YOUR RESULTS.

1. Prepare 2. Administer 3. Evaluate 4. Communicate 5. Act