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


  • Consider a payment approach for training opportunities where the participant pays half and your church pays half as a way of reinforcing the idea of partnership in ministry.
  • Consider ways of getting the volunteers in your church involved in your NCD process so they can work through the minimum factor themes at a personal, practical level (see the Strategy Guide for ideas).
  • Encourage one or more of the people in your small group or area of ministry to take one of the NCD Discipleship Tests most associated with their area of ministry or current stage of growth.
  • 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.
  • If you have a leadership role in your church find someone willing and able to help you do your role and take the time to train them to the point where they feel equipped to do it effectively.
  • Use your church's annual report to work out what percentage of the annual budget is allocated for training and equipping leaders of key ministries, especially small group leaders.
  • Work with your church leaders to provide better training and support for your current and potential small group leaders.
  • Find a way to keep your leaders and volunteers up to date about conferences and training opportunities organised by your church or by other groups.