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


  • Acquire a high quality illustrated story Bible and begin reading it on your own (and with family or friends) purely for the simple enjoyment of the stories of God's journey with his people.
  • Ask the senior leader of your church to explain why attending the worship service is important. Discuss the answer with your friends and family. Provide the leader with feedback.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Write down three reasons why you go to the worship service. Invite someone else to do the same and compare notes.