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The State of Play: Current demographic, market and social analysis of Church attendance in Australia

Menzies, Andrew (2017) The State of Play: Current demographic, market and social analysis of Church attendance in Australia. Australian Journal of Mission Studies, 11 (1). pp. 30-36. ISSN 1834-4682


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This paper draws upon current market and social research as well as the 2011 Australian Census to examine trends in Australian church attendance. It finds that all churches are in plateau or decline unless connected to first generation migration. It also finds that there is a marked trend among Australians under the age of 35 away from any religious practice or acknowledgement. Social and market research from Hugh Mackay, Mark McCrindle and Roy Morgan gives qualitative reasons for this movement. The paper then uses Alan Roxburgh and Phyllis Tickle’s analysis of unraveling and recalibrating as metaphors to translate what is going on inside the data. The paper ends with hope, noting that the first step to recovery is acknowledgement of present condition.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: mission, church attendance
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220499 Religion and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
Type of Activity: Strategic Basic Research
Subjects: D - Missiology
College/Association with University of Divinity: STC: Stirling Theological College
Depositing User: Mr Mark Carey
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2017 00:16
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2017 04:16
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2881

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