Looking at Our Community: A guide to using the 2001 Community Social Profile
This guidebook accompanies the Community Social Profile that uses material from
the 2001 Census of Population and Housing to provide you with a unique picture of
your local community. It helps you understand some of the main characteristics of
your community and how it is changing. Knowing your community is an essential
starting point in planning for mission.
Looking at Our Community helps you navigate your way through the profile. It looks
at each part of the profile in turn, highlighting important national trends and
suggesting directions for your local church’s mission.
The book also shows you how to use your Church and Community Profile. This
second profile compares local community data with equivalent data for your
congregation from the 2001 National Church Life Survey. It throws into sharp
relief how the make-up of your congregation differs from that of the surrounding
The book also contains a step-by-step guide for conducting a workshop using
Looking at Our Community is an easy-to-read guidebook that helps you understand
and act on the data provided in your profiles and gives you a better understanding
of trends in your community.