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Participating Countries

The U.S. Congregational Life Survey is being conducted in cooperation with parallel studies in three other countries:

  • Australia
  • England
  • New Zealand


Australia has experience conducting similar surveys since 1990. The National Church Life Survey has been conducted by NCLS Research -- a team including individuals from the Uniting Church Board of Mission (NSW), ANGLICARE (NSW), and the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. In 1996, a total of 6,900 congregations from 20 different denominations participated. Almost 325,000 individual attendees completed surveys in worship that year. In addition, through the Catholic Church Life Survey, an additional 281 parishes and 101,000 attendees took part in 1996. In 2001, nearly a half million worshipers from 7,000 churches took part.

Several publications are available that report findings from the National Church Life Surveys:

  • Connections for Life: Core Qualities to Foster in Your Church (2002)
  • Why People Don't Go to Church (2002)
  • Taking Stock: A Profile of Australian Church Attenders (1999)
  • Build My Church: Trends and Possibilities for Australian Churches (1999)
  • Shaping a Future: Characteristics of Vital Congregations (1997)
  • Views from the Pews: Australian Church Attenders Speak Out (1995)
  • Mission Under the Microscope: Keys to Effective and Sustainable Mission (1995)

For further information or to order these resources, contact:

NCLS Research
PO Box A2178, Sydney South NSW 1235
Phone: (02) 8267 4394
Fax: (02) 9267 7316
Email: NCLS


CIM logo In England, the project is being coordinated by Churches Information for Mission an initiative by Christian Churches and Agencies in England to forward mission there. 2001 was the first time England has participated in the survey. About 100,000 worshipers from 10 denominations took part.

For further information, contact:

Chief Executive, Alison Gelder (email: alison.gelder@virgin.net)
27 Tavistock Square
LONDON WC1H 9HH


In New Zealand, the project is being coordinated by NCLS Research . 2001 was the second time New Zealand participated in the survey, with 60,000 worshipers in 1000 parishes taking part.

For further information, contact:

Church Life Survey New Zealand
PO Box 28-843
Remuera, Auckland
Fax +64 9 522 1785
Email: info@clsnz.org




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