PlantR's Identity

We are a diverse collection of church planters helping church planters accomplish Jesus' mission in Greater Austin. 

Austin is a one of a kind city where many flourish with a shared sense of place and love for the city. Its thriving economy and "weird" culture are rooted in a rich history of arts, education, activism, spirituality and entrepreneurism. The rapid growth and diversity of Austin make it great place to plant churches that are sensitive to their context and centered on Christ. PlantR is a network of church planters from across the greater Austin area that work together for the social and spiritual renewal of the city and the suburbs.  

PlantR began in 2007 when a small group of church planters began to meet for equipping and encouragement. In monthly meetings, local and national leaders shared their insights on topics ranging from demographics to missional living to church and the arts. By 2008, PlantR grew into a regular monthly meeting of church planters from a wide variety of denominations.

In 2011, the network took a strategic step, turning its focus to monthly regional gatherings called Missional Hubs and quarterly equipping experiences called MicroConferences. We believe this decentralized reorganization will lead to greater missional impact. PlantR’s dream is that this strategy will catalyze a movement of church planting and other expressions of God’s mission for years to come throughout the Austin area.

What We Do

PlantR’s aim is to network, resource, and encourage church planters in two main ways: MicroConferences & Missional Hubs. 

Missional Hubs are regional gatherings of church leaders that meet regularly to network and encourage one another for the renewal of a specific region of the city.  



MicroConferences are uniquely focused conferences that occur a few times a year to resource a Christ-centered church planting movement. 



Who We Are

PlantR is made up of a broad coalition of leaders from various churches, organizations and denominations throughout Austin. 

PlantR churches hail from denominations and networks as diverse as Acts 29, ARC, Anglican Mission in the Americas, Bible Churches, Evangelical Covenant Church, Ecclesia Network, Free Methodists, and Southern Baptists.  The board tries to reflect that diversity.

Want to learn more about PlantR?  You can read our statement of belief here, or view a map of PlantR churches here.


Nick Shock, Point Community Church
David Smith, Austin Baptist Association
Gideon Tsang, Vox Veniae

Ross Parsley, One Chapel

Friends of PlantR
Austin Baptist Association
Austin Bridge Builders Association
Austin Stone Counseling Center
Christ Together Austin
Gospel Communities in Mission 
Music for the City
Restore Communities
Saturate Austin

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What Are MicroConferences?

MicroConferences are a unique opportunity for church planters  and missional leaders to learn and build relationships. Each microconference exposes Austin leaders to world class thought leaders and experienced practitioners to help catalyze a gospel movement for the social and spiritual renewal of Austin and beyond. Break out sessions are designed to help participants work the ideas out in their own context. Through these affordable half day events, we hope to resource entire staffs and volunteer leadership teams.

Next Up: Navigating The Challenges Of Church Planting In Austin

It's been a while since our last MicroConference, but they're back. For our first one we're hosting a conversation with a diverse group of effective church planters from Austin. These planters will share some of their church planting stories, including some of the biggest mistakes they've made along the way. We will open the time up for questions so you have the opportunity to ask about the issues most relevant to your situation. MicroConferences are a great way to build relationships with other church planters across Austin. Make plans to join us!

Past MicroConferences:

September 17, 2013
Biblical Missiology in the Local Church
Speaker: Dr. Michael Goheen
February 4, 2013
Gospel Counseling in the Local Church
Speaker: Dr. Timothy S. Lane
September 20, 2012
Renewing The City
Speaker: Mark Reynolds

May 10, 2012
Soul Care
Speaker: Dr. David Murray

January 10, 2012
Missional Community
Speaker: Jeff Vanderstelt
September 20, 2011
Missional Discipleship
Speaker: Alan Hirsch

Missional Hubs

Missional Hubs are regional gatherings of church leaders who meet regularly to network and encourage one another. They are the best way to connect with other church planters in your part of the city.

Hub Leaders

Currently, there are four hubs that meet monthly throughout the city. Anyone is welcome to join a missional hub. Meetings last an hour and a half, and provide great opportunities to discuss how you and your church plant are doing, learn best practices, and pray for one another. In addition, our hope is that missional strategies and partnerships will emerge from these communities to contribute to city renewal.


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What does human flourishing look like?

What does human flourishing look like? Is it possible today? If so, how? How can power be used to help others flourish? 

We all know how power can be used to tear down others. Can it be used to build up? To bring life and freedom to others? If so, how? 

What hinders human flourishing? What are the idols that we set up in our own lives and in our societies that snatch away all that is good and beautiful? 

How does power lead to injustice and yet be used to defeat injustice?

Find out the answers to these questions and more in an Evening With Andy Crouch, Sunday, June 14, 7:00pm at Ballet Austin.

Join us for an evening of music, art, a presentation and discussion that will help you think about what it really means for humans to flourish, both as individuals as well as societies, and what the implications are for your own life. There will be opportunity for Q&A after Andy's presentation, so come ready for an exciting evening. CLICK HERE for more information, including Andy's bio.


The Slave-Free City Summit

Friends of PlantR,

I wanted to take a few moments to tell you about our upcoming Slave-Free City Summit.  For me the idea of a Slave-Free City started out of my context as pastor.  Theologically speaking, slavery is an all out assault on and complete contempt for the image of God in humanity.  When the highest office of mankind, the image of God, is debased to something less than life, an active and tangible response from the Church is, at a very minimum, necessary.  If we believe human life is dawned by the image of God, then we must, figure out how to respond to the violence of human slavery. We must be about restoring freedom and dignity to humanity.  These ideas created in me a desire to see Austin, Texas, become the first Slave-Free City in the United States.  

I believe this is only possible when we as the church are willing to humbly partner and collaborate with all the different sectors of society to make it as hard as possible for slavery to exist in our neighborhoods and cities.  To be a person and community of faith who is for the city, to be a pastor who preaches ultimate freedom in and through Jesus Christ, to be a theologian who understands and knows the constant thread of justice and righteousness that runs deep throughout the pages of our scriptures and not actively respond to the issue of slavery in our city is at the very least inconsistent to who we claim be.  I believe, in partnership with local non-profits, government organizations, law enforcement, local business, and education the church can help lead the way to seeing Austin, our city, the city we love, become a Slave-Free City! 

One of the ways Allies is committed to seeing this dream become a reality is by hosting one of the, if not the most, unique Summits in the United States.  Allies is attempting to do something very few have done, and even less have had success doing.  The Summit is not a Christian conference, nor an education conference, nor a conference dedicated to social workers and law enforcement only, the Summit is a gathering of people from all sectors of society (just look at the speaker list), coming together under one roof to learn from each other what it will take to build a Slave-Free City.  The Summit will address topics such as disruption of unjust systems, race, history, art, faith, immigration, transitional justice, tech, enterprise, business, and other issues that intersect with the problem of human trafficking right here in our back yard.  

When: April 17th-18th
Where: For the City Center, 500 East Saint Johns Avenue, Austin, TX 78752
Register: HERE 
Who’s Presenting: HERE
Discount Rate: Through Sunday, the 22nd save 35% discount on all registrations.  Simply enter the code 'springbreak' at checkout. 

Take a moment and watch our promotion video: 

-Matthew Hansen is part of the PlantR network, a local pastor and church planter, and an elder at Church at East


RSVP today for a conversation on the future of PlantR

Hello Friends-

A few weeks back you received a message from Ross Parsley giving you an update on PlantR. We believe that PlantR has an important role to play in helping every man, woman, and child in Greater Austin have the opportunity to know and follow Jesus.

This is a quick reminder that on Thursday, March 12th, from 12-1:30pm, at the Austin Baptist Association’s office, we are hosting a conversation on the future of PlantR. I am personally looking forward to talking with you about what is next for PlantR. We want to hear your ideas on how we can more effectively serve planters already in the area as well those who are on their way.

Our friends at Texas Baptists have generously offered to provide lunch for us! So, please RSVP Here by Friday, March 6th to help us with a headcount.

Between now and the 12th, be thinking, praying, and writing down some ways you believe that PlantR can become a more strategic resource to the church planting efforts in Greater Austin. I’m convinced that God will use us collectively to create an even healthier environment for church plants to thrive!

See you on March 12th!

Nick Shock
Director Of PlantR
Lead Pastor Point Community Church


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