The Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) has named the Rev. Alan Hawkins to serve as the Vicar of the Anglican 1000 movement, Archbishop Robert Duncan told delegates to the church’s 2nd Provincial Assembly.
Archbishop Duncan told delegates on the opening day of the 7-9 June 2012 meeting in Ridgecrest, N.C., that Mr. Hawkins, the rector of the Church of the Redeemer in Greensboro, NC, will supervise the province’s church planting initiative – a work the archbishop characterized as being the “central” program of the province.
In a statement released by the ACNA, Mr. Hawkins said it was “humbling and a privilege” to head up the work of Anglican 1000, the “cornerstone of the Anglican Church in North America and I look forward to being able to encourage and support the planting of new churches in our tradition throughout North America.”
At the 1st Provincial Assembly in 2009, Archbishop Duncan challenged the ACNA to plant 1000 congregations within five years. Assembly Archbishop Duncan called upon the ACNA to plant 1000 new congregations. The rector of Christ Church Plano, the Rev. Canon David Roseberry and the Rev. Daniel Adkinson answered the archbishop’s call by helping start a church planning program that has helped spur the ACNA’s rapid growth over the past three years.
In his 6 June presidential address to the ACNA council, Archbishop Duncan reported that “more than 200 new congregations have been planted. This in itself is remarkable,” he said. But “we have a long way to go” before the ACNA meets its goal.
By focusing on church planting, “we have long ago stopped talking about where we came from and long since focused on what God has called us to do. If we are to reach America, we must plant churches,” the archbishop said.
The ACNA reports that Mr. Hawkins has worked closely with the Anglican 1000 program and has planted three churches and his current congregation has grown from a core group of 20 to nearly 160 people today.
A priest of PEARUSA, Mr. Hawkins was a network leader for 60 congregations in North Carolina, Eastern Tennessee and Virginia for the AMiA. He and his wife, Angela Kay, are the parents of five children and will be moving shortly to the Pittsburgh area to take up his new post.
Speaking to delegates at the ACNA Assembly, Mr. Hawkins thanked the archbishop and the province for their vote of confidence, and thanked them for helping make the vision of 1000 new churches more than a dream.
He hoped see many new churches planted, to help raise up a new generation of church leaders and to “experience God’s pleasure in what we are called to do.”