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 two or three people to offer verbal or written feedback on your sermons. As well as their general comments, ask them for specific feedback on how you might improve in explaining biblical principles and how to apply them to daily life.
  • Consider a public speaker you particularly enjoy listening to. Specifically, what is it about their way of communicating or character that appeals to you?
  • Consider what can be done through a sermon that cannot be done equally well or better through another forum of church life.
  • Identify another potential preacher in your church. Encourage them to preach occasionally and equip them to do so, including offering feedback afterwards.
  • If you enjoy the sermons, take time to encourage the preacher with specific feedback on why.
  • Reflect on why the sermons in the worship service are the length that they are. What difference would it make if they were generally shorter or longer, or sometimes much shorter.