The Underground Network exists to mobilize, resource, and empower communities (microchurches) to proclaim and demonstrate the good news of the kingdom of God to our city and beyond. We offer several services to microchurches and leaders within our network. All microchurch leaders are able to take advantage of these services - feel free to learn about each that we offer.
There are eight service categories we offer to any microchurches and leaders within our network – facilities, media, training and development, coaching, financial services, financial support, startup services, and international planting and development. Read about some of the most commonly used services, and discover how we can serve you and your microchurch.
75% of church workers feel they are unqualified or poorly trained to lead and manage the church. 50% are so discouraged they have a desire to leave their ministry entirely. It is a startling reality that there is a training deficit amongst church leaders in our current church age. We offer a variety of resources to set up our missionaries as thriving leaders who facilitate healthy ministries.
If you find yourself embarking on the journey of becoming a leader, have a desire to refine or be refreshed and your leadership, or are interested in revisiting the leadership a paradigm entirely, check out what we have to offer.
The finance department exists to equip and release people for ministry by providing excellent financial and administrative services that embody the values of the Underground community. We serve the Network as a whole by making sure that bills get paid, our donations get accounted for, and our giving commitments get met. In many ways, we make sure our finances stay transparent and accountable as we assess the information we have in order to navigate the many decisions that must be made. Additionally, we seek to manage risk for the organization in a way that empowers and protects, rather than limits ministry.
We also serve individual microchurches by offering full financial services-donation record-keeping, expense accountability, and payroll. We also act as a fiscal sponsor and consultant for those microchurches who have formed their own nonprofit and need support. The heart behind all we do is to shepherd missionaries through the often complex and confusing maze of ministry administration and finance.
We think every believer has the spiritual DNA in them to grow a faith community which follows Jesus and plays its part in engaging every evil- but sometimes people are unsure where to begin or what next steps to take. The coaching department exists to provide fresh eyes and listening hearts for kingdom-minded leaders, helping them pursue what God has called them to in our city. What dream has God deposited in you? Whether you are just getting started or have been leading a microchurch for a while and feel like you could benefit from some fresh input, we would love to walk alongside you.
We offer consultations for microchurches at every stage, and have developed 5 areas of focus:
Contact us to schedule a consultation and get some fresh input, direction, and support for your ministry
Meeting one on one with a coach on a regular basis is another way to utilize the coaching department. It is a way to consistently evaluate your microchurch with an outside perspective and keep focus. Contact us to get set up with a coach.
Media plays a huge rolein any ministry, and projects (such as designing business cards or holiday newsletters) can be a strenuous task. Our department attempts to meet the needs of a variety of different ministry leaders, all working for different causes and caring for (and discipling) wildly different communities. We aim to serve them all, allowing them to spend time on real ministry.
The department exists to serve microchurches by offering services such as logo design, web development, videos, and more – and also works with the training department to create high-quality and easy to understand videos and documents to serve our missional movements. If you are a ministry interested in learning how you can utilize media or social networking, feel free to contact us.
Our Skylight Comprehensive Care Model.
We operate through a skylight comprehensive care model inspired and informed by the events of Luke 5. In this very old story, it is physical suffering or a medical condition that proves to be the catalyst for one man’s search for something more. The initial gesture of the group of advocates is to find healing for their friend limited by a physical condition. That search leads them to Jesus. It is not always easy, in a world (and in the church) crowded with things that are connected to Jesus, but not really him. Pushing through that crowded space can be a difficult thing to manage. These friends are not only persistent but resourceful. With no real access and no real resources, they make a hole in the roof and lower their friend into the company of Jesus. This kind of relationship with those in pain or those in need serves not only as an inspiration, but also a model for us. These friends of the sick create a skylight under which Jesus not only heals the man, but restores him into relationship with God and community. From this story, we derive our approach and the core values that drive it:
Hope. Healing. Wholeness.
As our relationship with traditional churches outside of the network grows, so does our desire to serve them - and to see them thrive. Our friendship with traditional churches is precious to us and - while our primary mission is to empower smaller innovative versions of the church - we are eager to find ways to love our conventional counterparts.
For this reason Brian and the team will take on a select number of consulting opportunities each year.