In the world of ministry and church planting, under-reached and off-the-beaten-path communities (both urban and rural) are often overlooked due to popular financial support structures. But what if you could start a sustainable business that contributes to the development of your community and brings support to your family all while extending the freedom and family of Jesus to those you meet?
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"I truly wish I’d experienced something 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
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 for the blessing of a community and the spread of the gospel? Are we speaking your language? If so, the Intrepid cohort is for you.
Knowing the easy disconnect between information and transformation, we've embraced the Hebraic learning approach we see in Jesus. Rather than help people think their way into a new way of acting (the Hellenistic approach), He invited the disciples to come act their way into a new way of thinking. To that end, we designed a 12 month journey to help you develop the foundation and framework you need to combine community development with Good News.
Jeremiah 29:4-7 paints a picture of how God's people can bless their city and embody the gospel by starting new businesses or non-profits for the betterment of their community. We help you identify where and how to do this.
By diving into the beliefs and behaviors of gospel movement in the New Testament you'll be encouraged and equipped to find rest, slow down, and begin inviting others into communities of grace and belonging.
Future entrepreneurs/planters gain key skills for this unique endeavor through entrepreneurial mentorship, theological/biblical training, and coaching in connecting with strategic partners alongside a community.
“We set out to grow food and share it at a table placed in the field on our farm. The vision was to see people gather, find rest, and to be reminded of the good things spoken in Psalm 104. At first our plans were vague until we met The Table Network and discovered an uncomplicated and powerful framework for how we would build our mission. Now in our third year, we have sat over 5,000 people around our 100 foot table and have formed a community that meets daily, dirtying their hands on the farm, sharing stories, and finding rest in the freedom found in Jesus.”
- Chris & Rachel Jones
Locavore Farm in Grant Park, IL
What if you were free to love and disciple others without the pressure or even the need for them to support a church budget? What if you could be in your city for the long-haul and spend the time it takes in our day to see people uninterested in the church come to know the freedom and family found in Jesus?
The answers to these questions can be the start of something life-changing for you and the city you love. As you consider joining us on this journey here's what to expect in terms of your commitment:
Commit to joining 24 sessions of learning, discussion, and coaching with other planter/entrepreneurs from all over who are seeking to bless their cities and start tables of grace and belonging for their friends and neighbors.
$100 a month over 12 months gains you access to Table Network resources, along with a Table Network Leader who will guide you through the Intrepid Cohort and help coach you on your journey to starting a business and "making disciples.”
Purchase a copy of Slow Down + Intrepid and read both before your very first session. We're also encouraging you to grab a Reclaim Journal to help you retain, recall, and transfer your training.
Sean has been involved in church planting for the past 15 years as a church planter, church planting strategist, seminary professor, and small business owner. Currently he teaches at Warner Pacific University and Multnomah University and through the Intrepid Cohort teaches and facilitates discussions on the topics of social entrepreneurship, community economic development, and church planting.
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