Plant Austin | Association of Hill Country Churches

Church Planting Training Event

If you are an aspiring church planter or lead a church that has a desire to plant churches in Greater Austin, you are invited to our second annual one day church planter training. This training event is designed to provide practical equipping and will offer two training tracks: one for church planters and one for church leadership. The interactive instruction will be done by church planters who have already worked through the challenging process of planting a church in the Austin area. These local practitioners will share helpful wisdom and strategic steps for getting a church plant established.

The Association of Hill Country Churches ( who has collectively participated in planting over 40 churches in Greater Austin is hosting this gathering, and is making this event FREE for those attending. In addition, snacks and lunch will be provided for the event attendees. To secure your spot, please fill out the simple form for each person attending, and you will receive a free pass for the event. If you have questions, you can contact Nick Shock at

Here’s the schedule overview for the day…

8:30-9am – Breakfast/connection time

9:00am-9:45am – Large Group Session #1 (Keith Ferguson from Cityview Bible Church)

  • Welcome
  • Biblical vision for multiplication
  • Updated 2023 demographics on Greater Austin

Morning Breakouts

10am –

  • Track 1 (potential planters) – How do I know God is calling me to plant? (Benito Fresquez from Freedom Church)
  • Track 2 (sending churches) – Why should we give away our people and money? (Tory Mayo from The Well)

11am –

  • Track 1 (potential planters) – Different models and the skills they require. (Nick Shock from Point Community Church)
  • Track 2 (sending churches) – What should we look for in a planter? (Danny Box from the AHCC)

Lunch Break & Networking (12-1p)

Afternoon Breakouts

1pm –

  • Track 1 (potential planters) – Five mistakes to avoid in planting a church. (Eric Creekmore from Hill Country Bible Church)
  • Track 2 (sending churches) – best practices for developing future planters (Jordan Elder from Redeemer Church)

2 pm –

  • Track 1(potential planters) – Casting vision, recruiting a team, & raising money. (Tim Hawks from Hill Country Bible Church)
  • Track 2 (sending churches) – Getting my church excited about multiplication. (Pete Mueller from Acts Church)

3pm: Dismiss (assessment preview)