"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? INTREPID
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. Planting new churches in communities and neighborhoods in economic decline requires an intrepid church planter.
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.
To establish a network of new church plants in under-reached and off-the-beaten-path communities with the simultaneous goal of community and economic development through new business start-ups seeking the flourishing of these communities.
Jeremiah 29:4-7 reads:
"Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare."
Our goal for each community in our Featured Communities and Strategic Communities list is to combine church planting with launching new businesses and non-profits for the betterment of the community like the ancient prophet Jeremiah talked about. In our featured communities below there are ideas for new start-ups that would love, serve, and be part of making the community a better place to live.
Start-up ideas: outdoor recreation, hospitality, arts
Start-up ideas: mountain biking, cafe/food, hospitality
Start-up ideas: bike shop, mountain bike trail advocacy group, cafe
Start-up ideas: mountain biking guiding, cafe/food, hospitality
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 and community development here in North America. That missionary DNA is woven into who we are and what we do ... and where we engage.
You see, in many ways we get to cheat the system. Meaning, we get to plant churches here like we do over there ... as missionaries. When you think about it, what do missionaries do over there? They start things ... businesses, non-profits, etc. They serve. They establish a legitimate and viable platform for the betterment of the community whether that be medical clinics, schools, and the like. Actually, we find that many missionaries are incredibly innovative over there.
But when you talk about church planting here? Usually then the conversation defaults to talks of core group development, the church name (and branding, logo, and website), music, preaching styles, launch dates, and so on (which none are bad or anything like that). Would we talk like that if we were starting a church in the slums of Arequipa, Peru? Maybe. Maybe not.
What would it look like to plant churches here in overlooked places with that missionary ethos where we not only plant churches, but establish platforms, businesses, non-profits, and more for the sake of bettering the community we're in? That is the beginning of Intrepid.