Canon Alan Hawkins is married to Angela Kaye and they have 5 children. He serves as the Church Planter and Rector of Church of the Redeemer in Greensboro NC, a congregation of almost 600 adults and children founded in 2008. He also serves as the Canon Missioner for Church Planting under Bishop Steve Breedlove and the Provincial Development Director for Archbishop Foley Beach. Alan absolutely loves church planting and serving our great church planters in this province. He says,"I have served for 18 years in the field of church planting. I find it the most exciting and amazing ministry of frontline evangelism and discipleship. Without a doubt, church Planting is the most difficult context to serve and also one of the most rewarding." His favorite thinkers on Church Planting are Ralph Winter, Roland Allen, and Tim Keller.
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There are four reasons we are starting a Church Planting Network.
First: As we have witnessed from our GAFCON meetings, we need each other. We are stronger together. We are more unified together. We are better together. We are more complete together. ‘How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!’ (Psalm 133:1). God has made us a family bigger, deeper, broader and way more beautiful than we all could have imagined.
Second: The present crisis of leadership and faith in the Anglican Communion, as difficult, disappointing, and heartbreaking as it has been, has opened the door for us to work together in an unprecedented way to faithfully proclaim Christ to the nations. What we are witnessing has never happened in our history. This great picture we see comes from Revelation 7.9: ‘After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”’
Third: we are convinced that Church Planting is the most effective and crucial way for us for us to see more clearly the 5 billion Men, Women, and Children who do not know Christ and are not part of his body, the church and 3.8 billion people in the world probably do not know personally a believer of Christ Jesus. God’s plan for the world is that the church and the starting of new churches would be the vehicle to see this world hear, believe, and worship the person of Jesus Christ. ‘His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11 according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord’ (Ephesians 3.10).
Lastly: our present circumstances have now opened a door to preach the gospel from everywhere to everywhere, to make disciples of all nations, to start new churches, to form new dioceses, and to launch new Provinces to the Glory of God through the power of the Holy Spirit.