Episode 1: What is Church?
The Always Forward Podcast, hosted by Canon Dan Alger, Canon for Church Planting for the Anglican Church in North America, and Father Shawn McCain, serial church planter and leader of the I-35 Initiative, aims to catalyze conversations about missiology and sacramentology and how they come together within our Anglican context.
Bishop Stewart Ruch, of the Diocese of the Upper Midwest, joins Dan and Shawn for our first full episode to discuss the question “What is Church?” They dive into their discussion with a quote from Stuart Murray in his book, Church Planting: Laying Foundations. Murray says, “Church Planting lies at the intersection of ecclesiology and missiology.” Listen to find out how Dan, Shawn, and Bishop Ruch respond to this statement.
Bishop Ruch was consecrated Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the Upper Midwest in September 2013. He obtained his Masters’s in Theology at Wheaton College Graduate School, where he was awarded the Kenneth Kantzer prize for theology. In 1988, during his time at Wheaton, he began attending Church of the Resurrection, where he would later become rector in 1999.
He and his wife, Katherine, have six children and their first love and passion is raising their children and developing their family as a “domestic church.