"To me, adventure has always been to me the connections and bounds you create with people when you're there. And you can have that anywhere." (Bear Grylls)
Most often when urbanization is discussed the focus is on the movement of people from rural to urban. Urban growth and urbanization are two separate trends. Urban growth is about cities growing numerically while urbanization is the process of a nation becoming more urban (percentage-wise) by people migrating from rural communities to the city. But we cannot talk about urbanization without talking about rural communities since these are the origins of the movement of people to cities.
Rural communities matter. Particularly in the West rural communities are facing population loss and economic decline. Some have even dubbed them the “new ghetto” … escalating poverty, rising drug abuse, higher suicide rates than cities, economic decline, and market exclusion. Intrepid is focused on marginalized people and overlooked communities. We cannot have that focus and not consider rural communities. As a result everything we do has a two-pronged focus: urban and rural. The connective tissue are places in decline and in need of good news.
That good news obviously comes in the form of new churches and the message of a Savior who died for all. It also looks like new startups whether businesses or non-profits. The exciting thing about rural communities and the advantages they have over cities is one startup can literally influence and change the fabric of a community. That’s why we’re passionate about these “in between” places.