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

"Breathing out"

  • 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.
  • Ask three people in your church who are close to you, "If you could do anything in ministry, what would make you feel the most alive?" Then, determine if and how you can help them with that, or who you need to speak to to try to make it happen.
  • Clearly determine and communicate when your leadership will meet to further discuss your NCD process and ask each other questions about their personal growth cycles.
  • Each day, complete at least one small task that you have committed to and that others are waiting on in the life of your church.
  • Find one area of church or small group life where communication is poor and work with the leadership to improve it.
  • 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.
  • Look for any contribution you are making to church life that is not bearing discernible "Kingdom fruit", stop doing it and try something else.
  • 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.