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


  • Aim for the goal of spending more than 50 percent of your ministry time developing other people to work in your specific area of ministry.
  • Connect with members of your ministry team in a social context where there is no agenda other than enjoying each other's company and relating to one another.
  • Identify those in your church who are active in helping those in need (food, clothing, education, counsel, etc.). Work out how what they are doing could be more integrated with the other ministries of your church so that those in need could be helped further along their journey to life in all its fullness.
  • If you are a small group leader, ask one of your members to colead part of your small group meeting. Ask them to do so again if they enjoyed it and would like more experience.
  • On a weekly basis, update those under your leadership as to the current priorities they should be focusing on. Ask them if there are other tasks that would also seem important to them at that time and resolve together where those points fit in the overall plan.
  • Write down all the negatives you can think of to do with collaboration. Be honest and thorough. Then (understanding that collaboration has been proven by NCD as essential for long-term healthy growth), write down as many benefits of collaboration you can think of. Keep growing your list until it is more convincing than your list of negatives.
  • Use the NCD Stewardship Test process to help your team or group to more effectively use their available time, treasure, and talent.