Planting Resources


Essentials including Steps to Start, Demographics and Funding Models

Steps to Planting Using Texas Returnable Funding-Summary Page

This document provides a succinct overview of the general steps that are needed when a congregation intends to partner with the Texas District in planting a church.

Steps to Planting Using Texas Returnable Funding-Detailed Page

This document and the appendices included are both descriptive and prescriptive of the steps which should be followed by congregations or networks desiring to enter into a partnership with the Texas District Board of Mission Administration in planting new churches.

Steps to Planting Using Local Resources-Summary Page

This document offers suggested steps that have been gathered from the experience of congregations that do not want to request funding resources from the district but rather fully fund their own church plant.

Frequently Asked Questions-FAQ

There are many questions that are asked about how a congregation may proceed when planting a church. This document addresses many of those questions as well as anticipates additional concerns that may surface in the development of a church plant.

MissionInsite Demographic Tool-Summary Page and Registration Site

The Texas District provides a membership to MissionInsite for every district “agency” (incorporated) congregation. With this membership you are able to study the community context of your mission. To sample this tool open the Executive or Impressions report below.

Sample Executive Insite (Sample)

The purpose of this report is to provide a demographic story of the defined geographic study area.

Sample Impressions (Sample)

This report will measure 10 community mood and values indicators as well as 10 community inclination indicators of the determined study area.

Mosaic Group and Segment Descriptions

This study, offered by Experian Marketing Systems through MissionInsite, is a very powerful tool available in detail to incorporated congregations of the Texas District.

Exegeting Your Community-Summary Page

In order to be in mission in our communities, it is helpful to learn how to exegete our culture in order speak the Gospel into it.

Mission Deck

Open your next meeting with the mission in mind. These are ideas to help you starting meeting with a missional mindset. 

Glocal Mission

Resources from Glocal Mission to seek the lost and disciple the found.

Chartering Resources


Essentials to Incorporate and Charter an LCMS Congregation

Planning Material


Project Management Tools and Checklists for Church Planters
  • Stadia Free Resources includes planting timelines, budget worksheets, brochure templates, and more.
  • Converge an online user community, has free project management software for church planters with a basic timeline or pay a small fee for a more detailed timeline.
  • Nuts and Bolts has sample plant plans for reference from congregations outside the LCMS.
  • Church Planting Net offers free project management software for church planter and free downloads on a variety of topics relevant to church planters.

Model Documentation


A Few Samples of Church Plant Development

Community of Hope

We live to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God

The Vine

The map to cultivating new Life

The Edge Communities

Build Relationships – Make Disciples – Teach His People

SoulThirst Church

“An Adventure in Jesus!”

Foundational SoulThirst documents:

Water’s Edge Allen

Roadmap to Launch

Oikos Church Plant

How Oikos Started