Census set to shine a light on our broad church
Completed census forms from congregations have been pouring in from around the country, as ministers and congregations respond to President Rev. Prof. Andrew Dutney’s Church Census.
Researchers at the offices of the National Church Life Survey (NCLS) in Sydney are busy compiling the responses from the census.
As of mid-September, 747 churches – roughly a third – had returned their forms. Interestingly, more than 80% of those who’d responded chose paper rather than online.
“We’re getting about 50 completed forms coming each day in the mail from congregations at the moment,” said Director of NCLS Research Dr Ruth Powell.
“The deadline of 12 September is being extended to allow for outstanding churches to get their surveys in. So if there are ministers and congregations who haven’t taken a few minutes to complete their census forms, we’d urge you to please get them in ASAP.”
Ministers who’ve not yet received an email invitation to take part in the UCA Church Census for Ministers should send their email details to UCAcensus@ncls.org.au
Rev. Prof Dutney has thanked all who’ve taken part in the Census for their effort.
“I really appreciate your willingness to take part in this important gathering of information on our Church,” said Rev. Prof. Dutney.
“This information will help the Assembly to oversee and resource mission today and in the future.”
Initial results of the UCA Church Census are expected to be available at the November meeting of the Assembly Standing Committee.