A matter of life and death
“You reap what you sow."
- All the activity in the life of a church contributes to future growth or decline in health. There is no such thing as ‘plateau’ when it comes to church health. This means consistent focus on removing barriers to growth, doing so in a timely way, and monitoring and adjusting to the impact your actions have on the whole church, is essential. Likewise, lack of a consistent focus on removing the barriers, confusing activity with outcomes, or simply procrastinating or avoiding the issues reaps a different reward. Get going and don’t be distracted.
Doing the Didgeridoo
The art of playing the didgeridoo is about blowing into the didge at the same time as breathing in through the nose. Master the art and you can play without stopping for a breather.
The ‘Do’ stage in NCD follows the same principle. One side of ‘do’ is consistently focused on removing the identified barriers to growth: making decisions, implementing programs, adjusting behaviours, placing people. The other side of ‘do’ is learning to observe very acutely what impact such activity has on the health of the church.
If your plan has identified barriers to growth and ways to remove them, then implementing it will release life and energy in the church, sometimes quite quickly. The ‘static’ plan has become part of the ‘dynamic’ of church life.‘Doing’ is about developing the skill of applying what you know through the plan (breathe out), learning to see transformation as it happens (breathe in), and re-shaping the plan in response (breathe out). After several NCD cycles, these two actions become one. The plan is shaped by engaging with the experience of what God is actually doing in the church as barriers are removed.
Staying the course
To keep everybody focused (and breathing properly), accountability must be in place. An important and powerful part of this can be to have key influencers openly confess the areas that they are personally seeking to change in. It is also very helpful to have the NCD Survey results (the green), individual action plans (the red) and stories of transformation (the blue) surface on a regular basis in leadership meetings, small group gatherings and worship services.
On to the 'Experience' stage
Helpful Tools for the 'Do' stage
3 Color Life Cycle - NCD Survey Workbook
A process for your leadership team download
...and some form of reminder that the NCD results need to consistently speak into your everyday activities.
NCD Regional Gatherings
These mutual-learning networking events are held at various times of the year in an increasing number of locations around Australia more...
Experienced NCD Pastor's or Coaches capable of providing additional wisdom, objectivity and accountability-
- NCD Key Contacts - Denominational and Non-denominational
- NCD 'Davids' - Pastor's and Lay Leaders with extensive experience
- 'The Vine' - Find an NCD church in your area
- NCD Australia - Contact us to discuss any aspects of the process