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.
We've created a resource for those interested in budgeting and being more generous in 2017. This tool will help you plan out your expenses and maximize your giving so that you are able to steward your resources well in the new year.
Are you interested in learning more about funding development, the foundations of a Christian life, inner-healing prayer, or what it means to do ministry through presence? We have several courses available for you and your microchurch. All online, all free!
We're inviting our whole community to start the year with a period of prayer and fasting. Fasting is about focus, it is about the supremacy of God in all things and the weakness in us to do anything meaningful without him. We fast so that we can see the truth. That he matters more than food, that he is our sustenance, that apart from him we can do nothing. There are lots of ways to fast, to find this focus, and we are calling all our leaders to find one (and for the first 7 days of the year) fast with us.
Volunteers make the Crucible connections happen and we're on a mission to help everyone that comes to Crucible to experience a connection. That connection can be with God, others, confirmation or encouragement. Very simply put Volunteers make this happen. During Crucible we need people to be cared for on a number of levels so they are free to experience connection, volunteers provide this care.
Friday, Dec 9th at 6:30pm | We have a unique training opportunity coming up with David Fitch, who is the author of Faithful Presence, a new book that highlights 7 disciplines that further the Church as the living embodiment of Christ, reflecting God’s faithful presence to a desperate world, and shaping microchurches for mission. If you or your microchurch want to grow in the area of mission be sure to attend this seminar.
Sunday, Dec 11th at 10am | As we approach the end of this year we'd like to take time as a community to honor a few microchurch leaders who have exemplify some of our key values. We hope you can join us as we have a lite breakfast together and celebrate what God has done this year in and through our microchurch leaders.
This prayer guide will help any leader facilitate a time of prayer in response to the constant violence and racial injustice in the world
We offer internships in all our departments as well as an intern community that not only delivers marketable skills but also meaningful friendship and genuine care.
A practical look at behavioral health systems for microchurch leaders.
Multiplying, replicating and scaling your microchurch.
Innovating as a microchurch and taking new risks.
Planning ministry outreaches and missional ideas.
How to think and pray through a new ministry idea.
Developing key ministry partnerships.
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.