We exist to mobilize, resource, and empower communities (which we call microchurches) to proclaim and demonstrate the good news of the kingdom of God to our city and beyond. Our name is a tribute to the underground church of history, characterized by sacrificial faith in the face of danger, oppression, and even death. We honor that memory and hope to represent that church in our city. We provide services, such as our Sunday morning Crucible service, to create places of community and change for those doing mission in the Tampa Bay area.
Our church is one made up of not just individuals, but communities. In fact, the Underground is a fellowship of these microchurches - groups that reach out to their neighbors (home-based churches), seek to reach certain populations (mission-based churches), serve to see the Kingdom come on university campuses (campus-based churches), and finally those that labor globally to share the Gospel (global movements). There are currently over 100 microchurches that form our makeup in the Tampa Bay area. We believe firmly that people make up the church, not buildings or budgets, or even leaders. When believers work together in sincere worship and genuine community to accomplish a part of the mission of God, they are the church. We believe the larger church expression exists to serve the smaller, and not the other way around.
Being called is a definite topic of reflection throughout Scripture which has immediate implications for every believer's life. The Calling Lab has been designed as a tool to allow someone to walk through and hopefully discern the voice of God amid the other voices that are demanding their attention.
Listen to Brian talk about the subject of parenting as disciple making in a symposium put on for Underground parents
Here's a few techniques to help with preparation. If done well, there is plenty of room for teaching, so find ways for your teaching to be experienced, putting the students in the principles, allowing them to feel the truth, and interacting together with your teachings.
A worksheet for innovating as a microchurch and taking new risks, part of a four-part series featured at our Core Conference.
A worksheet for planning ministry outreaches and missional ideas, part of a four-part series featured at our Core Conference.
A worksheet for starting something new, part of a four-part series featured at our Core Conference.
A worksheet for developing key ministry partnerships, part of a four-part series featured at our Core Conference.
Every married couple will need help in their marriage so check out a some of these simple but effective techniques to help couples regain their bearings.
Navigate the depths of Matthew using three commentaries distilled down for every leader’s context.
This guide is designed to help a microchurch leader lead a small group through the book of Acts. It is the compilation of many commentator's thoughts and insights concerning the key ideas, background information and meaning of the original language.
Every microchurch is called to form disciples and develop apostles. Use this diagnostic to evaluate what steps individuals have taken, how you have helped and what can be done in the future to assist members in their next steps.
Discover the history and method of a timeless spiritual discipline to refresh your devotional life.
Sharing our stories can be a primary way of building a deep sense of fellowship in our micro churches. Here are a few ways to lay out the conversation and create space for sharing.
Help pass on DNA to members through a weekly meeting covering confession, scripture and prayer for the lost.
Misjudging your missional scope and phase are two common hurdles keeping faithful microchurches from seeing more visitors. Use this resource to pull back and discern how Jesus is calling you to be an invitational community.
Learn how to care for diverse situations through the Word of God and cast vision for your micro church.
Potential leaders will leave, core members will have serious crisis, and unexpected turns for the worse will seem like a normal way of life. Will we be ready? To help develop and give us a fresh look at enduring chaos take a look at this document.
At a Leadership Summit we will inspire your thinking, equip you through training but ultimately how the weekend impacts your people depends how you prepare. This Leadership Summit is designed for you to lead your people so below are a few questions and suggestions to help you navigate your preparations.
Ensure your teaching is well rounded and clearly communicates what you intend. Here are a few principles to help you present what you’ve prepared. Once you’ve prepared the basics use these principles to shape your points, illustrations so they “stick” during your presentation.
Dissent is taking a position other than the one espoused by the leadership. This is not a crime. This flow chart helps walk us through a positive and constructive method of disagreement.
Assess your micro church according to the ecclesial minimum. This document was used at the Leadership Summit 2012.
When done right metrics are like a check-up that brings glory to Jesus and a clear picture of how to best care for your micro church and mission. Evaluate your micro church by asking critical questions and celebrate what Jesus has done through you.
This visual document helps lead you through the process of change.
Leadership Sketch from Rich Lamb curriculum covers the importance of vision leadership. Includes Bible study, teaching points and case study exercise.
Leadership Sketch from Rich Lamb curriculum covers how leaders need to lead by what they do. Includes Bible study, teaching points and case study exercise.
New to the Underground? Visit one of our house churches. Worshiping with a large group of people can be great, but people want and need to be known. Life is best lived in the company of friends. Jesus himself created a small community with whom he pursued his mission. Home churches are a great place to start a journey to a more simple and honest version of church as we know it.
Have a heart for the poor and the lost? Learn more about the dozens of missional microchurches, being present in the darkest corners of Tampa Bay.
Are you interested in becoming a part of the Underground? If you have a new ministry idea, we want to hear it. Fill out our 'Start Something' form and find out how we can help your microchurch flourish. Need a place to re-energize and challenge you? Come to Crucible, our Sunday morning service for people involved in mission. Have any questions? Contact us, and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.