"One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight, for a very long time, of the shore." (André Gide)
What's in a Name?
in·trep·id // definition: fearless; adventurous
Intrepid conjure up images of maritime explorers of yesteryear, burly bearded mountain men in plaid, or kayakers deep in the backcountry dropping over precipitous falls. With a high degree of risk (but even a higher chance of reward) people from mountain bikers to start-up entrepreneurs to church planting missionaries all fall under that label of intrepid. Nothing grand in life comes easy. Sacrifice. Pain. Hard work. Determination. Fortitude. Focus. Resilience. These are the marks of an intrepid person.
The mission of Intrepid is to partner with and mobilize local churches to plant new churches across North America in under-reached and off-the-beaten-path communities, particularly communities that have been in economic decline and are transitioning to revitalize their local economy (both urban and rural). To see churches planted where people come to Christ and the community is lifted through new businesses, non-profits, job creation, and more.
church-based start-ups for the betterment of the community
“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
What's Our Story?
Wait, another organization focused on church planting in the US and Canada? What's the deal?
Intrepid was launched as a way to engage in church planting, social entrepreneurship, and community development here in North America (as a start). What would it look like to plant churches and launch new businesses and non-profits for the sake of bettering the community we're in? That is the beginning of Intrepid.