“When you see someone putting on his Big Boots, you can be pretty sure that an Adventure is going to happen.” (A.A. Milne)

 

Resources for the Intrepid Adventurer

Whether you live in the heart of the city cruising the streets on your single speed bike or in a rural community where you volunteer to build trails the books below with help you think about church planting in settings like these (and more). The books are resources written by Sean Benesh (except Slow Down), Director of Intrepid.

Slow Down    With a post-Christian society looming over the Western horizon, many church leaders and members race for the magic bullet. Ironically, it's the freedom from this race, made available to us through Jesus, that invites us to embrace an ancient, minimalist approach resonating with those who are uninterested in the church.  Slow Down  is a tangible look at this ancient way for our present time, written by practitioners with years of experience in making disciples, equipping leaders, and forming new church families.

Slow Down

With a post-Christian society looming over the Western horizon, many church leaders and members race for the magic bullet. Ironically, it's the freedom from this race, made available to us through Jesus, that invites us to embrace an ancient, minimalist approach resonating with those who are uninterested in the church. Slow Down is a tangible look at this ancient way for our present time, written by practitioners with years of experience in making disciples, equipping leaders, and forming new church families.

Urban Hinterlands: Planting the Gospel in Uncool Places    As city centers become more revitalized, desirable, hip, and trendy, there is a wave of new church planters moving in. A direct correlation can be seen between the "livability" of a place and the number of new churches planted there. But should the driving goal of church planters be to move and plant the Gospel in cities and neighborhoods that are deemed desirable? What about uncool paces? What about the urban hinterlands? Benesh includes frank confession and discussion about motives in church planting, the value of place, ministry calling, and personal identity. He also challenges prevailing perceptions of what makes a city livable. What if you feel called to go to those “in between places” ... the urban hinterlands?

Urban Hinterlands: Planting the Gospel in Uncool Places

As city centers become more revitalized, desirable, hip, and trendy, there is a wave of new church planters moving in. A direct correlation can be seen between the "livability" of a place and the number of new churches planted there. But should the driving goal of church planters be to move and plant the Gospel in cities and neighborhoods that are deemed desirable? What about uncool paces? What about the urban hinterlands? Benesh includes frank confession and discussion about motives in church planting, the value of place, ministry calling, and personal identity. He also challenges prevailing perceptions of what makes a city livable. What if you feel called to go to those “in between places” ... the urban hinterlands?

Blueprints for a Just City: The Role of the Church in Urban Planning and Shaping the Cities Built Environment    What role does the church play in shaping the built environment of the city? Or does it?  Blueprints for a Just City  is an exploratory journey looking at the ways in which God’s people have played a pivotal role in not only influencing life in the city, but in the actual built environment as well. Together we will delve into the parameters of the Gospel, the role of common grace in the city, and God’s involvement in shaping urban form. If God’s heartbeat is for justice and equity, as part of the Gospel story, how thendoes the church immerse itself into the city influencing and shaping the built environment? The outcome of  Blueprints for a Just City  is to collect and synthesize blueprints for what a just and equitable city can look like when marked by the Gospel.

Blueprints for a Just City: The Role of the Church in Urban Planning and Shaping the Cities Built Environment

What role does the church play in shaping the built environment of the city? Or does it? Blueprints for a Just City is an exploratory journey looking at the ways in which God’s people have played a pivotal role in not only influencing life in the city, but in the actual built environment as well. Together we will delve into the parameters of the Gospel, the role of common grace in the city, and God’s involvement in shaping urban form. If God’s heartbeat is for justice and equity, as part of the Gospel story, how thendoes the church immerse itself into the city influencing and shaping the built environment? The outcome of Blueprints for a Just City is to collect and synthesize blueprints for what a just and equitable city can look like when marked by the Gospel.

Exegeting the City: What You Need to Know About Church Planting in the City Today    As the tide has turned and a wave of church planters have washed up on the shorelines of city centers many are learning to navigate the intricacies of urban life for the first time. Many of today’s North American church planters are migrating in from the suburbs, smaller cities, and rural towns as they are confronted with a culture, lifestyle, and built environment that is more foreign than they thought ... or would admit. What do church planters need to know about the city in order to be effective?  Exegeting the City  was written for you, the church planter, to expand your understanding of the city. This will aid you in the process of contextualization as you discern how to embody, teach, and proclaim the Gospel in the city.

Exegeting the City: What You Need to Know About Church Planting in the City Today

As the tide has turned and a wave of church planters have washed up on the shorelines of city centers many are learning to navigate the intricacies of urban life for the first time. Many of today’s North American church planters are migrating in from the suburbs, smaller cities, and rural towns as they are confronted with a culture, lifestyle, and built environment that is more foreign than they thought ... or would admit. What do church planters need to know about the city in order to be effective? Exegeting the City was written for you, the church planter, to expand your understanding of the city. This will aid you in the process of contextualization as you discern how to embody, teach, and proclaim the Gospel in the city.

 

Urbanism for the Local Church Series

Bikeable Churches and Why Mobility Matters    Does how we get to church gatherings matter? Church life and church planting In North America has fallen into step with automobile dependency ... but should it?  Bikeable Churches and Why Mobility Matters  takes a look at current transportation realities in church life and questions our love for the car. Surveys and interviews are conducted among pastors and church planters seeking to uncover not only how bikeable their churches are, but their assumptions about bicycling specifically and transportation in general in the life and rhythms of local churches.

Bikeable Churches and Why Mobility Matters

Does how we get to church gatherings matter? Church life and church planting In North America has fallen into step with automobile dependency ... but should it? Bikeable Churches and Why Mobility Matters takes a look at current transportation realities in church life and questions our love for the car. Surveys and interviews are conducted among pastors and church planters seeking to uncover not only how bikeable their churches are, but their assumptions about bicycling specifically and transportation in general in the life and rhythms of local churches.

The Gospel and the Built Environment    For local churches an often overlooked dimension of the city is the built environment. What does urban form reveal about a city? What does it communicate in terms of values and culture? More than that, what role do local churches have in shaping the built environment for the betterment of the city?  The Gospel and the Built Environment  explores the connection between the gospel and urban form. More than that, but how healthy urban form promotes human flourishing.

The Gospel and the Built Environment

For local churches an often overlooked dimension of the city is the built environment. What does urban form reveal about a city? What does it communicate in terms of values and culture? More than that, what role do local churches have in shaping the built environment for the betterment of the city? The Gospel and the Built Environment explores the connection between the gospel and urban form. More than that, but how healthy urban form promotes human flourishing.

Urban Revitalization and Mission to the City    The city is the preeminent location for missional endeavors and church planting today. Countless articles, books, training, education, resources, and blogs detail the importance of cities as the geographic locale for ministry. But what do we know about the city? Why did we previously disregard the city center for countless decades only to return en masse right now? In this short book we will together explore the history of cities, particularly the urban core. After our journey we'll then see what the missiological implications are for today for this back-to-the-city movement.

Urban Revitalization and Mission to the City

The city is the preeminent location for missional endeavors and church planting today. Countless articles, books, training, education, resources, and blogs detail the importance of cities as the geographic locale for ministry. But what do we know about the city? Why did we previously disregard the city center for countless decades only to return en masse right now? In this short book we will together explore the history of cities, particularly the urban core. After our journey we'll then see what the missiological implications are for today for this back-to-the-city movement.

Walkable Cities, Gospel-Centered Urbanism, and Pedestrian-Oriented Church Planting    Walkability has been a mainstay in cities since the founding of the very first one in antiquity. Before the advent of cars people moved around in cities on foot. Over time we added new transportation technologies such as horse drawn carriages, electric streetcars, light rail, buses, and more. In our car-oriented cities the church has a more difficult time connecting, serving, and loving their neighbors due to the reality that most congregations are comprised of regional commuters. This   is a tool to assist local churches to think through not only topics like walkability and ministry on the neighborhood scale, but also ways they can be involved in placemaking through grassroots design interventions.

Walkable Cities, Gospel-Centered Urbanism, and Pedestrian-Oriented Church Planting

Walkability has been a mainstay in cities since the founding of the very first one in antiquity. Before the advent of cars people moved around in cities on foot. Over time we added new transportation technologies such as horse drawn carriages, electric streetcars, light rail, buses, and more. In our car-oriented cities the church has a more difficult time connecting, serving, and loving their neighbors due to the reality that most congregations are comprised of regional commuters. This is a tool to assist local churches to think through not only topics like walkability and ministry on the neighborhood scale, but also ways they can be involved in placemaking through grassroots design interventions.