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

Religion in our world today can become very confusing if you let it. According to the book ‘Life in a Global Village’, around 32% of the worlds’ population falls into the category of Christian, and within Christianity 51% are Roman Catholic, 26.4% are Protestant, 14% are Orthodox, 4% are Anglican, 4.5% belong to miscellaneous  professing groups, including Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and other denominations, and 0.1% belong to some type of Anabaptist fellowship.

How do we as Christ followers relate to this maze of different beliefs and still maintain an authentic and clear witness for Christ? The truth of God’s Word must be our basis! Psalm 100:5 says, “For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”

With our eyes set on Jesus and the truth of His words, we can be faithful in delivering the message of salvation to the world. We are His ambassadors!

Here are the words of Jesus to the church at Smyrna. “And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive; I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, but thou art rich and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.” Revelation 2:8-11

All of the details in establishing churches are both important and challenging, but the important part is whether or not Jesus will commend us for being faithful. We should be both energetic and faithful in our endeavors in planting churches. You and I as ambassadors for Christ have our work cut out for us. Let us be found faithful in it.

~Stan Miller

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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2020 BMA Convention

July 31-Aug. 2

Shippensburg, PA

Due to the current uncertainties of the Covid-19 restrictions, the Board of Executors plans to decide on June 1 whether we will hold convention in Shippensburg as planned.  That decision will be announced here.  If plans are to move forward with convention, the brochure and registration will be available here.

Church Planter's Institute

Postponed to Sept. 25-27, 2020


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