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


  • Commit to pray for any family or friends of a new Christian in your church who do not yet know Jesus Christ. Encourage them to look for openings that God may be bringing about through those prayers to share the Gospel through words and actions.
  • Consider whether the busyness of your church's program prohibits you or others from spending quality time with friends and family who do not yet know Jesus Christ.
  • Develop a concise presentation that helps those in your church to choose from the main different types of Bible translations and paraphrases available depending on their need.
  • Discuss with your small group whether it is easier to send help to care for people in far away places than it is to cross the street to help a needy neighbour.
  • Get every member of your small group to share what would make your time together most relevant to the issues faced in daily life.
  • Reflect on challenging circumstances you face in daily life or ministry. If you rarely speak, even briefly, to God about those challenges, consider what image of God (and yourself) you may have. If you don't face significant challenges, consider what if any implications that has for your prayer life.
  • Share with your congregation or team about the most recent recreation time you enjoyed and why you found it renewing.
  • Take the Spiritual Style Test on your own or in a group.