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.
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. A home church is 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 missional microchurches present in the darkest corners of Tampa Bay. Is God moving you to start something? Let us help.
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.
Take a 360° virtual tour of our HUB and learn more about the story of the Underground with our Executive Director, Brian Sanders. This virtual tour is best experienced with a VR Headset, but you can also see the entire 360° view on any device by simply clicking and dragging the image.