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How churches use Church Life Surveys

NCLS acknowledges that each church is unique and thus provides a range of planning processes to help churches engage their results and plan a way forward, that suits their unique context. Case studies of how some churches use NCLS Church Life Surveys are provided below.

A journey of small steps

In the Uniting Church Mid-Lachlan Mission Area (MLMA), an action-reflection approach to congregational planning, using NCLS surveys, is transforming and revitalising small rural faith communities and changing the face of worship. The MLMA’s planning committee has sought to identify the best ways of sustaining the smaller churches in the region. Where there were once remote congregations with dwindling numbers, there are now lively, dynamic mission outposts with new purpose and vision. Uniting Church Mid-Lachlan Mission Area, NSW

Developing vision

St Marks Anglican Church has been vision-oriented for many years now, but it's currently in the process of reshaping its vision. Where the focus was originally on transforming the church, the new emphasis is on transforming the wider community. Using NCLS surveys to inform their strategic planning a renewed vision has been arrived at by a process that involved the whole church in various ways. St Marks Anglican Church, Emerald, Victoria

From Profiles to a plan of action

The story of St Paschal's parish demonstrates how the Church Life Profile can be used as a basis for planning. In this instance the parish sought to address all of the NCLS Core Qualities over a long period, using the Core Qualities as goals to be attained. Everyone in a church can be included in the process and focusing on strengths can be a good place to start in planning a way ahead. St Paschal's Catholic Parish, Wavell Heights, Queensland

How NCLS complements other resources

Seaton Christian Family Centre is a Pentecostal CRC church located in the suburbs of Adelaide. The church has a strong commitment to planning, as shown by the use of different planning resources over the years, particularly NCLS resources. The experience of our church shows that different planning resources provide complementary benefits and that it is not necessary or even desirable for churches to choose one over the other. Seaton Christian Family Centre, Adelaide, South Australia

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