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We're Planting a Church in Madison!

May 17, 2017

We are overjoyed to announce the location of our next church plant: Madison, Wisconsin! Scott Cunningham, our first-ever Pastoral Resident, will be leading the plant as the head pastor. Scott has been training over the past year in an intensive residency program intended to immerse him in what it means to lead a Revival of Word and Sacrament infused by the Holy Spirit. Serving as a preacher, worship leader, and small groups coordinator, he has served on two staff teams, both at Church of the Resurrection and at our most recent church plant, City of Light Anglican in Aurora.

Scott and his wife Marissa, who has served consistently with our worship ministry, will move to Madison with their son James (and Baby Boy #2, on the way!) in Fall 2017, with the hope to launch the church plant in Fall 2018. Read more from them below!

A Note from the Cunninghams

Dear friends,

Ever since we joined Resurrection, God has knit our hearts to her vision of planting a revival of Word and Sacrament, infused by the Holy Spirit. We have leaned into that vision over the past few years, and now are compelled to go out from the Cathedral in order to build the Church in the broader Midwest.

The Lord has made it clear that He has been sharpening us to engage our generation with the Gospel in a fresh way. For us, this has meant going somewhere where our post-Christian culture is thriving. We began thinking about Madison as one among many possible cities, and as the list shortened over time, Madison remained. Finally, after visiting numerous times, meeting with local church leaders, entering into times of prayer and fasting with our community, and thinking about the nature of Madison and the nature of our specific calling in the Lord, it has arisen as a clear Gospel opportunity and has captured our hearts.

Madison, which sits at the intersection of politics, academics, and tech culture, is a booming cultural high place, and those three currents are constantly bringing people in and out of the city. We desire to plant deep roots in the middle of those currents, and to see those who have walked away from the faith be re-introduced to Jesus and his Church, as if they were meeting them both for the first time. Even more, we are thrilled by the unity we have felt with other Christian leaders and denominations in Madison who are eager to partner with us. Indeed, one of the most exciting things has been learning of the ways God is already present and at work, and we are eager to join in with Word and Sacrament, infused by the Holy Spirit.

So, we have fallen in love the city and her people, are captivated by the opportunity and need, and are motivated by the beauty and joy of the Gospel. We will be moving to Madison this Fall, with the intention of launching the church a year later in Fall 2018. In the meantime, we will continue to serve at Resurrection and City of Light, preparing for the great journey ahead.

We welcome your questions and conversation about this exciting journey, so if you are interested in learning more, please don't hesitate to reach out to Scott at scott@churchrez.org. 

With love,

Scott and Marissa Cunningham

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A Story of Reconciliation (Video)

May 11, 2017

The church is made up of human beings, and human beings sin. We hurt each other, make mistakes, and break relationships. But we do not believe that division, conflict, and hurt have the last word—we know that they do not, because we have been blessed to experienced the beauty of reconciliation through the power of the Holy Spirit. 

In our history, Resurrection experienced division, like many churches. Longtime ministry partners and friends rejected one another, and we thought we would never speak to each other again. But the Lord convicted our hearts, and did the unthinkable: he healed our relationships and ushered us into a season of ministry more fruitful than we could have ever dreamed.

The video above catalogues the story of three leaders: myself, Bishop Stewart Ruch; our Pastoral Care Pastor, Deacon Val McIntyre; and our Chicago Dean and former head pastor, Canon William Beasley. We were invited to share our story through the Center for Applied Christian Ethics (CACE) at Wheaton College.

As leaders, we do not shy away from telling these stories, even though they expose our own serious shortcomings. These stories are priceless jewels in the treasure room of Resurrection's history, because they speak to the existence of forgiveness, humility, and peace in Jesus Christ. Praise God for his faithfulness to Church of the Resurrection!