Inside your 2021 NCLS Survey Kit you will find:
Survey Coordinator's Guide
For the person coordinating the survey in your church or parish, to help organise completion of all surveys.
This Guide explains how to run the survey in your church or parish and return all completed items to NCLS Research. It displays the NCLS Church Code(s) to be used at all church sites or locations in your church or parish.
View Survey Coordinator's Guide (pdf)- (Sample only)
Site Instructions for the Attender Survey
(one per church location or Mass centre)
To be used by leaders of worship services, Mass or spiritual nurture activities to conduct the survey.
This Instructions Sheet displays the NCLS Church Code for a church location (page 1) to be written on all survey forms at that location.
N.B. Multi-site churches or parishes will receive one Site Instructions/ Mass Centre Instructions Sheet for each church location or mass centre, displaying their NCLS Church Code (see Guide for more details).
View Site Instructions for Survey Day (pdf)- (Sample)
Other resources available online for use on Survey Day:
"On Your Survey Day" Video (coming soon), PowerPoint Slide, Worship Service Resources, Activity Sheets for Young Children, Template Invitation Text and Reminder Text for people at home.
Your NCLS Church Code
(one per church location or mass centre)
To be displayed during the completion of surveys.
Your NCLS Church Code is found on the 'Guide for Church Survey Coordinators' and 'Site Instructions for Survey Day' provided in your Survey Kit.
A PowerPoint slide template will be available for church use to display your NCLS Church Code.
Church attenders need to write or enter their church's NCLS Church Code on their survey form, to identify each church location or Mass centre completing surveys.
N.B. In a multi-site church or parish, each church location or mass centre needs to use their own NCLS Church Code. The NCLS Church Code is shown on the Site Instructions for each church location or Mass centre (see Guide for more details).
Attender Survey Forms
(multiple as ordered)
To be completed by church attenders aged 15 years and over, during worship service, mass or spiritual nurture activity.
Each attender must complete the survey once only. The survey takes around 20 minutes to complete.
Languages: The Attender Survey is available in English, Arabic, Burmese (Chin and Karen), Chinese, Korean, Sudanese (Dinka), Tongan and Vietnamese.
Online option: The Attender Survey can be completed on a paper survey form, or online at attendersurvey.ncls.org.au
View Sample 2021 NCLS Attender Survey Form (pdf)- PROTESTANT & ANGLICAN (Sample only)
View Sample 2021 NCLS Attender Survey Form (pdf)- CATHOLIC (Sample only)
Attender Survey Collection Envelopes
(one per 50 Attender Surveys)
To be used to collect surveys once completed.
Inside the envelope, place completed Attender Surveys, Child Surveys (if completed) and Reply Slips. Approx 50 surveys per envelope. Please seal the envelopes and do not read attender responses, to protect attenders' anonymity.
Child Surveys (Optional- if your church ordered them)
(multiple as ordered)
To be completed by attenders aged 8 to 14 years, during a worship service or children's activity.
Online option: The Child Survey can be completed on a paper survey form, or online at childsurvey.ncls.org.au
Child Survey Instructions
(one per church location or mass centre- if your church ordered Child Surveys)
To be used by leaders of children's activities to conduct the survey among children.
Parent and Guardian Information Sheet
(multiple copies- if your church ordered Child Surveys)
To distribute to parents and guardians of children aged 8 to 14 prior to the survey.
Leader Survey Forms
(multiple paper forms plus online surveys)
To be completed by people in pastoral and ministry leadership roles.
The Leader Survey can be completed anytime during a church's chosen survey period, from November 2021.
Online option: The Leader Survey can be completed on a paper survey form, or online at leadersurvey.ncls.org.au
Leaders should also complete an Attender Survey with the rest of the local church.
View Sample Leader Survey- LS1 (pdf) (Sample only)
View Sample Leader Survey- LS2 (pdf) (Sample only)
Leader Survey Collection Envelopes
(one per Leader Survey Form)
To be used by church leaders to seal and hand in their survey.
Leaders can return their completed survey, sealed inside the collection envelope, to their church survey coordinator or post it directly to NCLS Research.
Local Community Survey Instructions
(one copy per church- if you ordered Local Community Surveys)
Instructions on how to run the online Local Community Survey are included in your Survey Kit.
View Community Survey Instructions (pdf)- (Sample)
Local Community Surveys (Online and Optional- if your church ordered them)
(multiple as ordered- online survey)
To be completed by local community members who have a connection with the local church, but don't regularly attend worship services.
Online only: The Local Community Survey can be completed online at communitysurvey.ncls.org.au
Church Census Survey
To be completed by a senior church leader or administrator, to map the activities, resources and people in each local church.
Online option: The Church Census Survey can be completed on a paper survey form, or online at churchcensus.ncls.org.au
Survey Returns Coversheet
(one per church location or mass centre)
To be completed by each participating church site or mass centre and included with their batch of completed surveys for return.
N.B. Multi-site churches or parishes should complete one Coversheet for each participating site or location and include with their batch of completed surveys on return (see page 3 of Guide for more details).
View Sample Survey Returns Coversheet (pdf)- (Sample only)
Return Address Mailing Label
For use on your postpack to mail your completed survey items back to NCLS Research.
Stick the return address label over the original postpack that your surveys arrived in, to mail your completed survey items to NCLS Research at Locked Bag 2113, North Ryde BC, NSW 1670.
Please mail back within 2 weeks of completion. Thank you for covering the cost of postage.
Other resources online for use on Survey Day:
Play "On Your Survey Day" Video
to introduce and explain how to complete the Attender Survey during a worship service, mass or activity on the day of your survey.
Use worship resources
for prayers, readings and liturgy to help integrate the survey into a Worship Service or Mass.
Browse activity sheets for young children
for use with younger children during worship service, mass or activity while older attenders complete the Attender Survey or Child Survey.