Cycle Starter Plans

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Having understood your church a little better with the help of the NCD Church Survey, its now time to start cycling together towards a healthier church. You’ve chosen to start experimenting and learning more about the topic to the left. Now, select one of the cycle starter plans below and write number 1 in its box. Put this sheet on your wall, then, go do it!

Next time you are meeting with others who are also working through a topic, ask each other the questions from the cycle, starting at “do” and finishing at “plan”. After a cycle you may decide the most important thing to do now is to keep going with the same plan, modify it, or choose another option from below. If choosing another from below, just write 2 in its box and so on.

If you’d like more cycle starter options, or to work on another topic highlighted by your NCD Church Survey results, just visit


  • Help your leaders to find ways to acknowledge the work of the church's volunteers regularly.
  • Identify three people who make a valuable contribution to the life of your church and make a point of thanking them personally.
  • In what specific ways is the senior leader of your church a spiritual example to you? Let the leader know your thoughts in writing to encourage them.
  • Invite a new Christian in your church (or one who has made a recent recommitment) to share their story of faith with the church. Allow them to present it in whatever form is most comfortable to them (e.g. spoken words, text, song, art, etc.).
  • Share with someone why you believe they have a particular gift that is better developed in them than in yourself.
  • Speak out about the positives of a person or current situation when in any negative sounding discussions this week.
  • Speak to or send an affirming note to at least one person each week who you believe has done a good job of something in their life. It may be recent or something you have observed over time.