Enriching Church Life (Second Edition)

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A guide to results from National Church Life Surveys for local churches

Enriching Church Life is designed to help you understand and foster vitality in your church. It shows how the results of the National Church Life Survey can be the starting point for positive and enriching change in your church. This is a book for all local churches whether large or small, whether thriving or struggling. It is also for anyone who wants to understand what the research says about the dynamics of church life.


This second edition of Enriching Church Life outlines:

  • Key research findings on fostering vitality and growth in churches, based on major surveys in four countries: Australia, England, New Zealand and USA
  • Results from the 2006 National Church Life Survey in Australia, including denominational comparisons across each area of church vitality
  • An overview over time of changes in religious affiliation and church attendance as well as a snapshot of the size of churches, and inflow and outflow patterns
  • Research studies about fostering church vitality in different circumstances.

Authors: Ruth Powell, John Bellamy, Sam Sterland, Kathy Jacka, Miriam Pepper, Michael Brady


Powell, R., Bellamy, J., Sterland, S., Jacka, K., Pepper, M., & Brady, M. (2012). Enriching Church Life: A guide to results from National Church Life Surveys for local churches (2nd ed.). Sydney, NSW: Mirrabooka Press & NCLS Research.