National Church & Parish Survey

February 4, 2019

Be part of a national church and parish survey of flourishing congregations!

The Flourishing Congregations Institute at Ambrose University has a mission to bring together academics and practitioners to research the factors surrounding flourishing congregations in Canada, develop tools and resources to help congregations to flourish, and share research findings with congregations that wish to flourish.

They invite you to be part of the most comprehensive survey of Canadian congregations to date, including Catholic, mainline, and conservative Protestant churches! This survey is free and open to any congregation, plus you will receive a free church-specific report afterwards, access to special reports, and data-informed tools and resources!

Here are five reasons it would be advantageous to congregations in this study:

The survey is free.
Churches typically spend thousands of dollars for a survey like this.

Any church can be involved.
Canadian churches of any size, location, and theological tradition, whether you see your congregation as flourishing or not are welcome.

You receive a free church-specific report.
This can be a helpful catalyst for new or continued flourishing. We are hoping for 50% or more of your adult leaders and attendees to take roughly 20 minutes to complete the online survey. Here is a sample report.

Access special reports.
Including those on church plants, ethnic and multiethnic congregations, rural congregations, and Catholic parishes in Canada (among other topics), with sufficient survey responses (and we request your help in this).

Data-informed tools and resources.
Contribute to making the best and right resources available to Canadian churches, based on Canadian data.

As you consider this opportunity and hopefully partner with us, here are some free resources from our research that may be of interest:

  • Our recently published article, capturing how Canadian church and denominational leaders talk about what a flourishing congregation is.
  • Video links to plenary and panel sessions from our national gathering in November 2018, including newly released data from our survey research to date

Click here for more information and help promoting this in your congregation!

Have questions or want to join the survey?

Contact our Research & Program Coordinator, Joy Epp, at or 403-410-2000 ext.2987.