Thriving and resilient leadership in Australian local churches

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This report describes the wellbeing and resilience of senior leaders in local Australian churches based on results from the 2021-22 National Church Life Survey.
It describes changes since 2001 and provides breakdowns by age and gender. It addresses matters such as life satisfaction, physical health, feelings of effectiveness and stress among senior leaders and maps the degree to which they are thriving or burning out.
It describes the resilience of senior leaders as a critical issue related to wellbeing.

Preparation of this report was made possible by grant funding from the Australian Research Theology Foundation Inc (ARTFinc).

Citation: Sterland, S. Powell, R. & Pepper, M. (2024). Thriving and resilient leadership in local Australian churches. NCLS Research Report 55. Sydney: NCLS Research.