Comparing Australian Church Attenders by Age Group

This research profile compares three groups of attenders who participated in the 2016 National Church Life Survey. Comparisons are presented on the NCLS vitality measures.


The People of this Church: Demographics, patterns of attendance, involvement in church life of groups of attenders.

Church Vitality (Core Qualities of Church Life): A detailed look at each of the nine core qualities that shape the vitality of the churches, comparing groups of attenders.
Note: The surveys on which this profile is based were filled out at local churches.

Who took part:

15-36yrs in 2016: 40,809 adult attenders (born 1980-2001) from all denominations who completed the 2016 National Church Life Survey.

37-64yrs in 2016: 75,078 adult attenders (born 1952-1979) from all denominations who completed the 2016 National Church Life Survey.

65+yrs in 2016: 69,380 adult attenders (born before 1952) from all denominations who completed the 2016 National Church Life Survey.

The representativeness of profile results may be affected by different levels of participation in National Church Life Surveys. To some extent, possible skews can be corrected by weighting results. Data in this report are weighted to account for different levels of NCLS participation from different denominations/movements, and local churches of different sizes.

Attenders from the following denominations/movements are represented in the results in this profile:
Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Uniting Church, Australian Christian Churches, C3 Church, International Network of Churches, Christian Revival Crusade, Baptist, Churches of Christ, Christian Reformed, Salvation Army, CityLife Church.

(NB: These estimates do not include Orthodox, independent churches or other movements that do not have available estimates of church attendance.)

Authors

Ruth Powell, Sam Sterland, Miriam Pepper and Nicole Hancock.

Data Sources

Data is from the 2016 National Church Life Survey (NCLS) by NCLS Research.

Citation

Powell, R. Sterland, S. Pepper, M. and Hancock, N. (2017). Comparing Australian Church Attenders by Age Group. Research Profile 1704. Sydney: NCLS Research.

Copyright

© Copyright 2017 NCLS Research. All rights reserved. Permission is granted to researchers to reproduce data and images from this profile, provided these do not exceed 10% of the contents of the profile.