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 your congregation/small group/team/family/friends what they personally brought to worship this week in order to bless God and encourage the church.
  • Consider the advantages of a worship service over personal worship.
  • Consider the messages that are sent to your congregation about when the "worship service" takes place. Does it allow for worshipful service to be taking place when people are gathered before and after the formal start and finish times. If so, would those involved see that activity as part of the collective worship service experience.
  • Create a survey for your congregation to discover the top 20 most inspiring worship songs, hymns or pieces of music. For a time during worship services, invite respondants to share why a piece of music inspires them and then feature it.
  • Encourage some of the key people involved in facilitating your church's worship services to look for and train another person with similar gifts to their own. Involve the new people in helping to facilitate the worship services in some way at the earliest opportunity.
  • Help your congregation understand that inspiring worship services depend upon every person bringing along their unique gift-based offering of worship to bless God and encourage the church. Help individuals to discover what their offering might be and how it could be expressed regularly before, during, or after the formal part of the service.
  • In your small group, discuss the different ways people might experience God during the worship service.
  • Take the Spiritual Style Test on your own or in a group.