This report investigates the integration of faith and matters related to work amongst Australian churchgoers, using data from the 2016 National Church Life Survey.
One of the primary ways in which Christians interact with the world is through their work.
The concept of vocation, the calling to Christian living in diverse ways that enable the expression and development of passions and gifts and that contribute to God’s kingdom, has a long pedigree in Christian thought and practice related to work. The workplace is also a context in which Christians interact with others on a daily basis.
This report investigates the integration of faith and matters related to work, by addressing the following topics:
- Demographic and denominational profiles of church attenders in paid employment.
- Ways in which local churches support church attenders to address matters of faith in their working lives.
- The integration of faith and work among church attenders and the factors that are associated with this integration.
This study draws primarily on results from the 2016 National Church Life Survey, supplemented by interview-based case studies and was commissioned by Reventure Ltd.
Citation: Pepper, M. & Powell, R. (2019). The integration of faith and work in Australian churches. NCLS Research Occasional Paper 40. Sydney: NCLS Research.