“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” (J.R.R Tolkien)


Attend or Host an Intrepid Workshop

Church planting, social entrepreneurialism, bivocationalism, and community development are intrinsically linked together. We’re moving beyond the days where this conversation of working or launching a startup while church planting is reserved for those who simply cannot do ministry full time and raise enough funds to do so. Instead, there is a growing surge of church planters, missionaries, and entrepreneurs where this is actually there preferred future.

Welcome to the Intrepid Workshop.

WHO IS THIS workshop FOR?

Do you have a heart to love and reach under-reached and off-the-beaten path kinds of places? Do you have an interest in learning a skill and starting a business or non-profit for the blessing of a community and the spread of the gospel? Are we speaking your language? If so, the Intrepid workshop is for you.

Topics covered in this workshop

  1. Social Entrepreneurship and Community Economic Development (exploring what these topics are about and how they relate to church planting)

  2. Common Grace and the Gospel (tying startups and community development to living out the gospel and common grace)

  3. Economic Shifts: From Fordism to Post-Fordism (this current economic climate is precisely why the soil is fertile to talk about startups)

  4. How Startups and Ministry Align (bringing the pieces together into a cohesive whole)

  5. Setting the Stage for Bivocational Ministry (exploring why bivocationalism is a strategic move)

  6. Who Are You? Addressing our identity (how to bring the “real you” into the planting and startup process)

  7. What Does Your Community Need? What are you passion about? What are you good at? What are you interested in? (assessing and exploring what your community needs and tie it in to your giftings, passions, skills, and interests)


9 AM - 3 PM (with an hour lunch break at noon)


Benesh, Sean. Intrepid: Navigating the Intersection of Church Planting + Social Entrepreneurship. Seattle: Missional Challenge, 2018.