Recent study shows many Australians signaling openness to invitations to church during Easter

By Carolina Luciano Burgos |

In December 2022, the National Church Life Survey (NCLS) in Australia asked Australians what they would do if they were invited to church during Holy Week. The results reveal positive attitudes toward Christianity in the country.

Australia Survey Invite to Easter
Australians responses whether they would go to church on Easter if invited. | NCLS

The NCLS encourages churchgoers to invite their friends to Easter services saying relationships are key to faith-centered conversations. “Our research indicates relationships are essential to authentic engagement on matters of faith.”

According to the survey, more than 40% of respondents were very likely to accept going to an Easter service if invited by a close friend or family member. In contrast, 29% of Australians admitted that they wouldn’t go to an Easter service, even if invited. 19% mentioned they were unsure whether or not they would accept an invitation and 10% said they don’t have anyone in their lives who attends church.

Even so, Research Director at NCLS Dr. Ruth Powell, believes it’s worth the effort to invite peers to Easter services this week.  “People are more receptive to attending church at a significant time like Easter.”

Most Australians are receptive to Easter service invitations and are familiar with most Christian teachings and values. Around 38% of respondents fall under this number, however, 21% said they have a strong understanding of these teachings and values. 23% mention they have limited knowledge, and 18% admit to having little to no familiarity with Christianity.

Australian Survey Who Jesus Is
Australians responses about who Jesus is. | NCLS

When asked about their views on who Jesus is, around 53% of respondents affirmed believing Jesus was “a real person who actually lived.” On the other hand, 21% believe that he is a fictional or mythical character, while 26% don’t know what to think about Jesus.

This disparity is a cause for concern in Australia. “This lack of awareness about Jesus is perplexing,” said Powell. “Most historians hold Jesus to be a real figure who lived in the first century.”