We exist to mobilize, resource, and empower communities (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. Our Sunday morning Crucible service is a place of challenge and deep change for those doing mission in the Tampa Bay area.
The Underground is a new kind of church made up of not just individuals, but communities. In fact, the Underground is a fellowship of microchurches - groups that reach out to their neighbors (home churches), seek to reach certain populations (missional churches), serve to see the Kingdom come on university campuses (university churches), and finally those that labor globally to share the Gospel (global movements). There are currently 100 microchurches that form our makeup. 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. 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.