Meet together as a whole church with community representatives to agree on the response to the community survey. Both church and community need to ‘own’ these decisions so people will remain committed to giving their support. Place people into small groups, giving each group just one area of need to discuss.
Ask each group to discuss possible ways in which the church could respond to this particular need. What could be done by working together to make a real difference? Encourage people to be imaginative. After an hour they should agree together on two or three positive responses. Now give each group another topic to discuss. Finally, let each group share their decisions with the whole church.
Spend time in prayer to seek God’s guidance. Then agree together on the church’s response. It is better to achieve positive and encouraging results in meeting just one or two small areas of need at first, before moving on to other areas of need.
Commission a small co-ordinating team of six to ten people to meet together and plan how to move forward. The team should include men and women of all ages. Encourage people to pray for them and to pass on their ideas, thoughts and concerns to the team.