PlantR's Mission

To catalyze a Christ-centered, context-sensitive church planting movement for social and spiritual renewal of Austin and beyond. 

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 quarterly 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

Ross Parsley, One Chapel

Friends of PlantR
Austin Baptist Association
Austin Bridge Builders Association
Austin Stone Counseling Center
Gospel Communities in Mission 
Hill Country Bible Planting
Music for the City
Restore Communities

MicroConference and Social Media Director

Todd Plunk

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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.


Planting in Urban Neighborhoods: Strategy, Discipleship, & Leadership

Due to the winter weather, we were forced to cancel the last MC with Jon Tyson. We are actively working on a new date; stay tuned for more details. All registration fees have been refunded. Please contact us at if you have any questions. 

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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An Update From PlantR

February 13, 2015


In June of 2014, Jonathan Dodson stepped down as the Director of PlantR. Both he and Brandon Hatmaker, along with Juan Sanchez later, relinquished their roles as Board members to pursue other interests and to make room for more leaders and new strategies. They are all still highly involved in serving our city and motivated to see church planting flourish in Austin. As a result, the Board asked me to assume the role of Interim Director, and charged me with coordinating discussions about the way PlantR might continue to be a strategic voice in our city, and increase our effectiveness in serving church planters in Austin.

It is my pleasure to announce the new Director of PlantR, Nick Shock of Point Community Church. Nick has been in Austin for seven years, was one of the founding pastors of Cityview Bible Church, planted Redemption City Church in South Austin, and then recently merged with another congregation to form Point Community. For the last two years he has been the South Austin missional hub leader for PlantR. He has a lot of experience and context for church planting, organizational health, and leadership. He is married to Jada and they have six beautiful kids. He loves spending time with his family, being in the outdoors, keeping up with the Longhorns, and encouraging men to lead well.

The PlantR board is currently being re-populated with like-minded church planters and pastors who will lead us into the next fruitful season of encouraging a Christ-centered and context sensitive movement of new works in Austin. We’ll also be renovating the website and social media channels to create even better ways of connecting and interacting with PlantR’s vision. In addition, we’ll be hosting a new MicroConference later this year. Watch for these announcements coming soon!

God is doing a lot in our city and 2014 was a year of transition. Leaders are organizing in a new way and collaborating like never before. The influx of population is highlighting the need for more new works and strategies. Please join us for a conversation about what is on the horizon for PlantR and for church planting in Austin. We are connecting with other networks and organizations in order to be a resource for networking, training, and mentoring for all the planters who are making their way to Austin.

WHAT: Vision, values, and conversation with Nick Shock and Ross Parsley.
WHEN: Thursday, March 12th, 12:00pm-1:30pm.
WHERE: Austin Baptist Association 3811 Harmon Ave. Austin, TX 78751
WHY: Because Jesus loves church planters in Austin!
HOW: Car, bicycle, boat, or long board. I hope to see you there!

Ross Parsley
Lead Pastor


PlantR Meet-up - Monday, October 6


Are you new to town or just looking to get connected? Join us this coming Monday, October 6th at Jo's Coffee downtown for our Meet-up.

PlantR Monday Meet-ups For New Church Planters
When: First Monday of each month at 3pm.
Where: Jo's Coffee on 2nd Street, near Lavaca St.
How: Conversation, meeting other planters, and Q&A.
Who: Anyone who is new to Austin, starting a new church plant or wants to connect with PlantR!



July PlantR Meet-Up Cancelled

We will be taking a break in July for our monthly PlantR Meet-Up and not be meeting on July 7th.


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