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.
Core Conference is one of those rare moments where we get to be together as a family of missionaries. If you consider yourself a part of the Underground, a friend of the Underground, or just want to learn more about us, this conference is for you!
Leadership Summit (Aug 5-7) is a gathering for our community of microchurch leaders. This weekend is a key strategic time for us to gather in our core teams and collectively remember our call to mission.
A practical look at behavioral health systems for microchurch leaders.
A stylized version of the book of Romans for printing and manuscripting purposes.
Multiplying, replicating and scaling your microchurch.
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.
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.
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.
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.