Shawn McCain is one of a growing number of young leaders that have sensed a strong call to ministry in the Anglican Church in North America. But Shawn has done more than that. He has answered a call to plant a church, to build a church from scratch. When I spoke to him a few years ago about where he felt called to plant, he would not budge off his vision or its location. In South Austin. The church has a great name and a few years of growth; it is doing well in every respect. 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 preached there on Ash Wednesday and helped with The Imposition of Ashes on a lot of foreheads, young and old. I ‘saw‘ things and ‘heard‘ things that don’t often fit together: smoke everywhere as the room filled with incense and crying babies during my sermon. (Churchmanship Question: Does smoke make the babies cry? Or is it the preaching!) It was rich, it was wonderful, and it was noisy!
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. (Check out other interviews at www.LeaderWorks.org/Interview)
Shawn is a hard-working, honest, clear thinker. He is humble about what God has done at RezAustin. But at the same time, rightly proud of the work of the Lord and the team of people at Church of the Resurrection. He is resident in the Diocese of C4SO (where we are very proud to have him). He works with the Always Forward team to advance church planting around the entire Province.
Canon David has over 35 years of local congregational ministry, diocesan and national involvement, leadership, and ministry experience and is the founder of Leaderworks. He was the founding Rector/Pastor, Christ Church, Plano and currently serves as the Strategic Leader and Dean, Diocese of C4SO.