10 Reasons for your church to take part

1. Hear all the voices in a season of listening
Take the time to hear the attitudes and beliefs from all the voices, including those who don't always get heard: ministers, lay leaders, adult attenders, youth and children.

2. Take stock of your church's health and vitality
Go beyond counting heads and use the NCLS framework of church vitality to assess nine core qualities and three attendance measures.

3. Identify and build on your church's strengths
Your own survey results will show where your church's strengths lie. Associated planning resources will help you build on these strengths.

4. Find out the leadership strengths of attenders and leaders
Receive a map of the leadership strengths that already exist among attenders, lay leaders and clergy.

5. Be part of something big: build on 20 years of mission research
Contribute to the largest collection of data on church life in the world. 20+ denominations, thousands of local churches, hundreds of thousands of attenders.

6. Add to the profile of your denomination and region
Denominational leaders will use overall information about their churches to inform their pastoral and strategic leadership.

7. Add to the profile of the Australian church.
Make sure the unique perspective of your denomination and region is part of the overall profile of the Australian church.

8. Inform the wider church & community of mission and ministry activities
Describe your new initiatives and innovations; describe what is happening at the local level in terms of justice, welfare, education and social activities.

9. Help researchers work out what works
Researchers around the world will investigate the results to learn from the experiences of Australian churches.

10. Shape the story of the church in the wider community
Results will help tell the story of church life that goes beyond myths and stereotypes.