About the Local Community Survey

How to complete the Local Community Survey

Community Survey Tile

The Local Community Survey is for people in the local community who are connected with the church, but don't regularly attend worship services or Mass, e.g. playgroup attendees, youth group parents, Op Shop customers or community dinner attendees.

It is designed to learn about the views and practices of people in the community (beyond regular attenders) and help a church to strengthen their connections with the wider community. 

The survey is voluntary and anonymous. It takes 5 to 10 minutes to complete.

The survey is online and can be completed anytime during a church's chosen survey period. It will remain open until the end of February 2022.

See below for all you need to run the Community Survey at your church.

Complete the Community Survey online


What do you need to complete the Local Community Survey at your church?

 

Check your Survey Kit for:

 





Local Community Survey Instructions

(one per church location or mass centre is included in your Survey Kit - if your church ordered Community Surveys)

To be used by church leaders to conduct the survey with local community contacts.

This Instructions Sheet displays the NCLS Church Code for a church location (page 1) to be entered online when people begin the survey.

N.B. Multi-site churches or parishes will receive one Community Survey Instructions for each church location or mass centre, displaying their NCLS Church Code (see Guide for more details).

View Community Survey Instructions (pdf)- (Sample)

 

Local Community Surveys- online

The Local Community Survey is an online only survey.

It can be completed online at

communitysurvey.ncls.org.au


 

More resources:

Invitation and Reminder Templates for use in emails or letters are available to invite community contacts to take part in your Local Community Survey.

 

Invitation Template Text for the Local Community Survey

Use this text to send invitations to your community contacts. Remember to include your Church Code before sending.

YOU ARE INVITED to take part in our Local Community Survey

Dear community member,

Our church is hosting a Local Community Survey, in which members of the local community with a connection to our church activities, are asked about their thoughts on the local community and its needs, their personal spiritual beliefs or religious practices, and their experience of the church and involvement in its activities.

The results of the survey will help our local church to better understand our local area and strengthen our connections with people in our local community. 

We invite you to take part in this survey.

  • It will take 5-10 minutes to complete.
  • It is anonymous and confidential.

TO TAKE PART:

  • Go to: communitysurvey.ncls.org.au
  • And enter our Church Code:
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

The Survey will be open until _ _ / _ _ / _ _ _ _

The Survey is designed by NCLS Research, as part of the 2021 National Church Life Survey and has Ethics approval from Charles Sturt University. More information about the survey can be found at 2021ncls.org.au/community-survey

Yours faithfully,

 



REMINDER TEMPLATE TEXT for the Local Community Survey

Use this text to send a reminder to your community contacts to complete their survey. We recommend sending one or two reminders during your survey period. Remember to include your Church Code before sending.

A FRIENDLY REMINDER about our Local Community Survey

Dear community member,

Recently we sent you an invitation to take part in a Local Community Survey, that our church is hosting.

We hope you will take part soon if you haven’t already done so.

Members of the local community with a connection to our church activities, are invited to complete the survey and share their thoughts on the local community and its needs, their personal spiritual beliefs or religious practices, and their experience of the church and involvement in its activities.

We remind you that the Survey will be open until _ _ / _ _ / _ _ _ _

We invite you to take part in this survey.

  • It will take 5-10 minutes to complete.
  • It is anonymous and confidential.

TO TAKE PART:

  • Go to: communitysurvey.ncls.org.au
  • And enter our Church Code:
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

The results of the survey will help our local church to better understand our local area and strengthen our connections with people in their local community.

The Survey is designed by NCLS Research, as part of the 2021 National Church Life Survey and has Ethics approval from Charles Sturt University. More information about the survey can be found at 2021ncls.org.au/community-survey

Yours faithfully,

 



FINAL CALL TEMPLATE TEXT for the Local Community Survey

Use this text to send a final reminder to your community contacts to complete their survey. Remember to include your Church Code before sending.

CLOSING SOON: Don’t miss out on having your say in our Local Community Survey

Dear community member,

Recently we sent you invitations to take part in a Local Community Survey, that our church is hosting.

We hope you will take part soon if you haven’t already done so.

Members of the local community with a connection to our church activities, are invited to complete the survey and share their thoughts on the local community and its needs, their personal spiritual beliefs or religious practices, and their experience of the church and involvement in its activities.

Don’t miss out! The Survey is closing on _ _ / _ _ / _ _ _ _

We invite you to take part in this survey.

  • It will take 5-10 minutes to complete.
  • It is anonymous and confidential.

TO TAKE PART:

  • Go to: communitysurvey.ncls.org.au
  • And enter our Church Code:
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

The results of the survey will help our local church to better understand our local area and strengthen our connections with people in their local community.

The Survey is designed by NCLS Research, as part of the 2021 National Church Life Survey and has Ethics approval from Charles Sturt University. More information about the survey can be found at 2021ncls.org.au/community-survey

Yours faithfully,

 


More information:

 

Frequently Asked Questions about the Local Community Survey 

View the answers to frequently asked questions about the Community Survey.