Launching A New Church In The NYAC

The Divine 9:

The 9-Step Process for Launching a New Church in the NYAC


1. Connect

Let us know of your interest in launching a new church. Send David Gilmore an email expressing your interest in the process ( or call him at (914-615-2219).

2. Personal Interview

You will be contacted and together we'll set a date and time to talk.

3. Initial Assessment

You'll be asked to fill out four free church planter’s online assessments (CPP, EAS, Initial Planter Assessment, and Spiritual Gifts Assessment). This will identify areas of established strength and other areas needing development as you consider planting a church. We will also ask you to send us at least 2 different video or audio recordings (video is STRONGLY preferred) of you preaching.

4. Assessment

Church planter assessment is one key factor to church planting success. Leadership University, led by various Path 1 staff members and David Gilmore, will be a four-day experience for potential church planters to discern their call and gain the knowledge and skills needed for this type of ministry.

5. Debrief

This is the step in which we bring clarity to your calling. Together we will discuss your assessment experience and determine next steps.

6. Agreed Appointment

Following the acceptance of your proposal, the Cabinet will name the appointment.

7. Training

Upon your appointment being named, you will attend the 3-day Basic Training Boot Camp, led by Bill Easum and David Gilmore. This training will prepare you for the first 18 months of church planting. You'll prepare a detailed proposal covering your prospective church planting area, target group and any specifics of the church planting project. You will be provided with specific questions. At this point, we will also develop a detailed financial plan for the new ministry.

8. Strategy and Benchmarks

The planting pastor, spouse (if applicable), coach, District Superintendent and Director of Congregational Development & Revitalization meet to agree on the planting pastor’s strategy, benchmarks and financial commitments. These benchmarks will be reviewed every 6 months to one year.

9. Plant a Church

The pre-planting process is complete and your appointment is fixed. Your new journey begins July 1. You will be provided with ongoing coaching and resources to contribute to your success.