Church Planting


Are you interested in church planting? This page is intended to help you start on the journey. Check out the information on this page and if you have questions please feel free to contact us - we'd love to help you! You'll find contact information near the bottom of the page.

Church Planting Challenge

There was once a young man who asked a young woman to marry him.  She said “Yes,” and in the course of time they got married.  He was committed to being a good husband.  So much so, that he decided to stay at home all the time to take care of his wife’s every need.  It helped that he had rich in-laws, but this was still a novel approach to marriage.  Soon, God opened her womb, and along came baby number one.  The man knew that now he needed to be a good father.  With that in mind, he went out and got a job to earn money, but every waking hour that he was not at work, he spent at home with his child and his wife, because he was committed to being a good father and a good husband.

Babies two, three, four, five, six, and seven came along in regular succession, expanding the quiver.  “I need to be a good husband, and a good father,” the man said.  Aside from the 45-60 hours a week he spent at work to earn an income to support his family, EVERY other thing he did was with either his wife or his children.

The children grew up, but the man did not release them into the world.  It’s a tough world out there anyway.  The years came and went, and in due time there were seven adult children living at home, ranging in age from 25 to 37 years old.  They did not go anywhere outside the home; they did not do anything with anyone else.  The man and his wife were convinced that it was best for their children not to have to deal with the anxieties of separation.  They knew that some year, maybe next year or the next, the oldest in the family may be ready and they could possibly think about allowing one of the adult children to get a part-time job near the home.  It would not work now for any of the adult children to move away!  If that happened, the father would not be able to father these children.  What if something happened to them!

Church leaders sometimes act this way towards members.  Within our network of churches, pastors and leadership teams are committed to care for the churches that they lead.  We know that there are issues in our churches.  We see the needs of the people.   “We need to build each other up and encourage one another,” is well-stated and true. “Perhaps in a year or two, once we weather our current storm, we will be ready for a church plant,” is another reasonable thought.  “This couple could potentially be a part of a church plant, but first they have a boat-load of personal issues they need to address,” is a reasonable concern that comes up.  “I would even consider being a part of a church plant, but what would happen to the church that I am currently leading if I go?” is another question that should not be flippantly discarded. 

Please remember.  The call of Christ to his disciples is as clear to the church today as it was when He gave these instructions: “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." (Acts 1:8). Submit your life to Christ.  Receive power from the Holy Spirit. Dig deep in the Word of God.  Fellowship with the saints.  But do not neglect the call to be witnesses for Christ! 

Please, brothers and sisters, in whichever church you fellowship and wherever you live, be witnesses for Christ.  Nothing should stop you from that call.  One positive by-product of involving yourself in an intentional, Kingdom-focused, gospel-oriented church plant is that this call to “be witnesses” becomes more front and center.  Church planters have to preach the gospel, because they know that is their calling.  They also know that the church will not grow if people are not born again.  Bench warmers sometimes forget that they are not called to warm the bench.  Think about it.  If all you do is warm the bench at your church you are creating more heat than light. What good is that? Jesus said “You are the light of the world.”  There are plenty of hot seats to be found, but the Lord of the Harvest is calling out reapers into his harvest.  The workers are few. Getting involved in church planting may not be the most comfortable choice, but it is an exhilarating and painful way to serve the Lord of the Harvest.  In case that scares you, true joy and suffering run along parallel tracks—you won’t experience one without the other.  Will you pray for church plants? Will you support church planters? Will you consider becoming a church planter?  

~Rich Schwartz

Steps for Planting a Church

Planting a church is an adventure, a journey, a process, a series of steps one after another. Read this article to get you started on the journey.


Map of BMA Churches
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Contact Information

Rich Schwartz
Chairman of church planting sub-committee of DNI
Phone: (347) 413-0330

Church Planter's Institute Recordings

BMA hosts an annual event called Church Planter's Institute. Below you will find recordings from these events. Click a title to listen online or right click to download.

2019 Church Planter's Institute

Keynote Sessions


2018 Church Planter's Institute

Keynote Sessions


2017 Church Planter's Institute

Keynote Sessions


  • Share Your Story - Rich Schwartz
  • Business as Mission - Dwight Troyer
  • Chartering a Membership (Audio not available) - Richard Newswanger
  • Leading a Bible Study (Audio not available) - Ernest Witmer

2016 Church Planter's Institute

Keynote Sessions


2015 Church Planter's Institute

Keynote Sessions


2014 Church Planters Institute

2013 Church Planter's Institute

2012 Church Planter's Institute

2011 Church Planter's Institute

2010 Church Planter's Institute

2009 Church Planter's Institute

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