Missions in Texas: Many Church Planting Efforts

Church planting efforts are growing throughout Texas. The Texas District of the LCMS supports a growing number of church planting networks and church planter formation efforts. In 2016, a total of $1,376,538 is being allocated from mission offerings to support the expanding number of new mission multiplication efforts throughout the state.


The ACTS Network

Based in Northwest Austin, this new network has launched three churches and has two additional church plants ready for 2016 along with two more in 2017.

Network Contact: Rev. Pete Mueller
Interested in helping? Contact: pmuelleraustin@gmail.com


Church Planter Assessment, Coaching, and Training

Providing resources and expertise, the Texas District supports congregations and church planters with assessment, coaching and training.

Contact: Your local MMF


Eagle Ford Church/Chaplain Corps

Jonathan and Hannah Berkesch serve in Karnes County, Texas as missionaries to oil workers in this central area of oil development in the Eagle Ford Shale Play.

Contact: Jonathan Berkesch
Interested in helping? Contact: berkeschj@outlook.com


Eternity Matters Most Network

This network is led by Rev. Mark Schaefer and a team of coaches for the purpose of training church planters and ministry leaders. GraceBomb Records is the music arm of the EM2 Network. Fourteen workers are being trained as dozens of planters gather regularly to encourage one another.

Network contact: Rev. Mark Schaefer
Interested in helping? Contact: kingterp@aol.com


FiveTwo Church Planting Network/CrossPoint, Katy

This network, based out of CrossPoint, Katy, is establishing vibrant training tools for church planters in Texas and across the nation. FiveTwo hopes to launch 1,000,000 sacramental entrepreneurs in the decades ahead.

Network Contact: Rev. Bill Woolsey
Interested in helping? Contact: bwoolsey@crosspt.org


Frontera Mission Partnership

Working with the Pacific Southwest and Rocky Mountain Districts of the LCMS, the Texas District is working to establish training centers along the Texas-Mexico border in order to send new workers with the Gospel into this area of great need.

Network contact: Rev. Michael Newman
Interested in helping? Contact: mnewman@txdistlcms.org


Great Commission Outreach/LINC Southwest – Uvalde

Lutherans Intentionally Networking for Christ is a new effort in Southwest Texas and far West Texas to bring the Gospel to people in need. From Del Rio/Cuidad Acuña to Uvalde to Eagle Pass and beyond, servants of Christ are working to bring the Good News of Jesus to unreached areas.

Network contact: Rev. Gary Martin
Interested in helping? Contact gmartin4him@yahoo.com


Hope, Austin, Church Leadership Development

Rev. Peter Heckmann is working to raise up new servants of Christ to reach the East Austin area.

Network Contact: Rev. Peter Heckmann
Interested in helping? Contact: pastor@hopelutheranaustin.org


LINC Austin

This new LINC is already making a difference in the city of Austin through Gospel outreach and mission efforts.

Network contact: Haleh Kersten
Interested in helping? Contact: haleh@lincaustin.org


LINC Houston

This vibrant network identifies, trains and sends church planters into new ministries in the Houston area. It also reaches the community through powerful acts of service. Dozens of ministries including more than fifteen language groups are part of this ever-expanding ministry network.

Network Contact: Rev. Mark Junkans and Rev. Dr. David Kim
Interested in helping? Contact: office@linchouston.org


LINC North Texas

Setting its sights on community connections, this vibrant network is reaching hundreds of families in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has its sights set on new church planting efforts in 2016.

Network contact: Rev. Oscar Benavides
Interested in helping? Contact: info@lincnt.org


LINC San Antonio

In addition to reaching out to young people, college students, the elderly and the homeless, LINC San Antonio has launched the Eagle Ford Chaplain Corps to share the Gospel with oil workers in South Texas.

Network Contact: Rev. Dr. Ely Prieto
Interested in helping? Contact: elyp@lincsa.org



The Rio Grande Mission Action Council began as a way of supporting small Hispanic congregations in the Rio Grande Valley. RioMAC has now become a creative ministry launching group with partners from each of the RGV Lutheran Churches.

Network Contact: Don Hoehne
Interested in helping? Contact: don.nvi@hotmail.com


T2C2 Network (Together Transforming Churches and Communities)

A partnership between Our Redeemer Irving, Faith – Grand Prairie, Holy Cross – Dallas and Bethel – Dallas to launch muli-cultural missions. These churches work with other partners to help develop communities, plant missions and train leaders in their communities.

Network Contact: Rev. Chris Holder
Interested in helping? Contact: t2c2dfw@gmail.com


West Texas Outreach/LINC Southwest

This new ministry in partnership with a developing LINC Southwest is making connections in towns like Presidio and Comstock in order to share the Gospel.

Network Contact: Margaret Peterson
Interested in helping? Contact: margarettemple@att.net