“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.” (T.E. Lawrence)
Introducing the Intrepid Book
The landscape of church planting continues to rapidly change right before our eyes. In response to the fluidity of culture around us church planters are asking new questions and even thinking differently about how they approach their church planting efforts. Rather than asking, “how do I plant a sustainable church?” many are beginning to ask instead, “how do I become sustainable as a church planter?”
Enter social entrepreneurship. Intrepid is about combining together the twin forces of church planting and social entrepreneurship––where the gospel is proclaimed and lived out, where neighborhoods and communities are lifted through job creation and economic development, and where church planters create avenues for long-term sustainability.
In light of the simple or complex contexts where church planters continue to go, how are they being equipped and trained for the task at hand? The goal of this book is to set the course for a new way forward for church planters. What skills and tools are missing that would help today’s church planters? Maybe even more foundational than that, we even need to redefine who or what a church planter actually is.
What Others Are Saying
From the Foreword by Brad Brisco ... "Today, there is a new movement among bi-vocational leaders. More church planters are choosing to plant bi-vocationally. They are making this decision out of the conviction that bi-vocational church planting actually provides a more desirable way to plant a new church, rather than on the basis of limited funds. In other words, it is becoming a first option, not a last resort." -- Brad Brisco, Director of Bi-vocational Church Planting for the North American Mission Board and author of The Missional Quest and Next Door as It Is in Heaven
"In Intrepid, Sean Benesh takes a fresh look at the age-old struggle of how those in ministry can support themselves while building the kingdom. Sean's innovative approach goes a step further than "tent-making," demonstrating how church planters can be catalysts for holistic transformation in fragile communities. Sean will expand your thinking on the purpose and methods of church planting, demonstrating practical ways church planters can creatively bring the whole gospel to communities. Those who plant churches are entrepreneurs at heart. Sean's approach provides an inspiring blueprint to channel that entrepreneurship into sharing the gospel in word, in deed, and to empower human flourishing." –– Beth Sethi, MBA, Nonprofit Capacity Builder and Adjunct Professor of Global Development, Multnomah University
“I love what Sean is unpacking in this little book, especially since I know that he’s processed all of this in his own life and ministry. I truly wish I’d read a book like this to encourage me toward this type of ministry years ago, but I’m deeply thankful that it’s now out there to encourage future missionaries to the 'uncool' places to do ministry that doesn’t look like church work alone. The truth is that this type of ministry thinking will soon be necessary if we’re to continue to engage deeply as Christians in the United States. I can attest that God has worked through my church, but also through the businesses and community connection points that my community and I have developed over time. It didn’t always feel like ministry, but looking back it’s clear that God truly pulls the pieces together.” –– Andy Littleton, Pastor of Mission Church and Owner of Midtown Artisans in Tucson, AZ
“I’ve long been a fan of anything and everything Benesh writes. He’s a voice in the desert, a clarion call to what’s coming. It’s time to make way for how God wants to come into our communities, and Intrepid is like a highway. The fact that Benesh is a thinking practitioner gives him an edge in the conversation and makes this book worth paying attention to.” –– Peyton Jones, author of Reaching The Unreached and Church Zero
"Sean’s experiential understanding of church planting, entrepreneurship, economics, urban and community development, culture and the call to be a missionary coupled with his rare self-awareness and refreshing humility are seasoning him to become a much needed prophetic voice and clear communicator for this generation of the church. Over the last year, I have had the unique pleasure of getting to know Sean. Over several conversations, reading his blog, his books on Exegeting the City and the Urban Hinterlands and now his latest book on Church Planting and Social Entrepreneurship, I believe Sean has truly tapped into the a kingdom-focused view of missional church planting. This is not just another book about the trends of 'business as mission' or 'church planting as tent making'. It goes deeper, farther, bigger, and requires so much more. This goes to the heart of what it means to be a sent one of God; a disruptor of the kingdom of darkness. A self-starter who steps into their full potential as a fellow image-bearer and creative made in the image of their Creator. Church planters are consumers because they are American; but they are producers more because they are chiefly made to create, start, design, build, and launch something from nothing just like their God did: ex nihilo. To go into a community or city and help build a church out of the dust. To make something exist when before there was nothing. That is missions the way it was meant to be. If you read one book on church planting, read this one." -- Jonathan Chambers, Community Manager of Entrepreneurship, Cherokee Office of Economic Development in Woodstock, GA