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


  • Ask someone you know well with a mature Christian faith to suggest the kind of challenge you could undertake to stretch your faith. Be accountable to them for taking up that challenge.
  • Ask three people in your church with whom you have some influence what they would like to do better or how they would like to grow in faith. After a week or two, ask them how they are progressing.
  • Consider whether you are more inclined to compliment people for what they have done well or challenge them about the commitments they have not fulfilled.
  • Establish exact dates (no more than 6 months away) for reviewing the current ministry of every person under your leadership to help them grow in the role, find a more suitable ministry, or take a break if needed.
  • Help your church leadership develop an effective process for dealing with tension and conflict in your church as it arises.
  • Tell a close friend in your church about one of your more ambitious goals for the coming week. Ask them to check back with you in a week to see how you went.
  • When next asking someone in your church to do something, be sure to discuss a timeline for reviewing progress and ultimately completion.
  • When next asking someone in your church to do something, encourage them to give a definite "Yes" or "No" answer. Let them know you would much rather a definite "No" than something that sort of sounds like "Yes".