A week or so ago I had the chance to sit with one of the church planters in our diocese (C4SO) from the Austin area. Shawn is one of a growing number of young leaders that have sensed a strong call to ministry in the Anglican Church in North America. However, he’s done more than that; he has answered a call to begin a new congregation. In church language, he is ‘planting a church’ in South Austin. Church of the Resurrection.
The members and visitors know it as RezAustin. It is a young church with young families that worship in a very liturgical and ceremonial style. I was there on Ash Wednesday to preach and help with The Imposition of Ashes. I ‘saw‘ things and ‘heard‘ things that oftentimes do not go together. I saw smoke everywhere as the room filled with incense. I heard many crying babies as parents held their children during the service. It was rich, it was wonderful, and it was noisy! It was great!
Indeed, notice the near oxymoron on the website marquis above. “Holy Eucharist Liturgy and Nursery.” Those who want ‘High Church’ and those who have kids in the nursery are usually thought to be in two different groups. That is not the case for Shawn, as you will see, and not for RezAustin.
I sat down with Shawn the next day to talk about his ministry, his call to plant, and what God was doing in the church and in his life and ministry. Below is the first of two interviews.
Shawn is honest, clear, humble, and at the same time, rightly proud of the work that God is doing at Church of the Resurrection.