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a revolution in mission, innovation, infrastructure and empowerment for the church

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For the past decade, the Underground in Tampa has equipped leaders for God's mission, served the poor, and reached the darkest corners of our city. Everything we do is aimed to unlock the church's potential to create an empowering missional culture to send & serve lay-missionaries. And now we hope to pass on what we have learned.

We dream of a missional HUB in every major city, so that anyone who is willing to sacrifice to start something for the kingdom could be within driving distance of a place that will support and celebrate them. Regardless if you join the Underground Network, we want to train and support apostolic leaders to plant missional HUB’s in their cities. If that’s your heart you’re invited to our movement director’s training.

Now accepting 2020-2021 applications (deadline April 1, 2020)

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 2020-2021 Training Overview

 
WHO
WHEN
COST

Anyone leading or interested in starting
a city-wide network to empower & serve missional people

Module 1 June 28-31, 2020
Module 2 Jan or Feb 2021
Module 3 June 2021
(approximately)

$2000 per person *
Inludes 17 days, 2 countries, housing & meals.
Fee due over the course of the year
You are responsible for travel to all three modules **

WHAT
WHERE
OVERVIEW

2 Domestic Modules
Theology & Practice of a Missional Network
Influence Within a Missional Ecosystem
1 international Module
Prophetic Movement for the Poor

2 Tampa/USA Modules
4 nights, 5 days // arrive night before

1 Philippines, International Module
8 nights, 9 days // arrive in Manila

Click to download the training overview document


*You are encouraged to bring a teammate with you who you consider to be an key architect partner in your movement
**Scholarships are available to those in need (deadline by March 1)

“Whenever anyone asks me what I've seen in the America that is truly missional church, i always point them to the story in Tampa called The Underground. For years, I've been trying to get Brian to share their story and am thrilled that they have tried, tested and now are willing to extend their story into the national conversation."

-Hugh Halter, US Director of Forge America, Author, The Tangible Kingdom & FLESH

Content Overview

The Underground Movement School is closer to seminary or a residency rather than a weekend training.
It will require a commitment to mission and a lifestyle of sacrifice.

 

THE MOVEMENT: Theology & Practice of a Missional Network

May 28-31, 2020 || Tampa, FL

For the past decade the Underground has been growing an innovative community of missionaries. It is the combination a distinct missional ecosystem and unique infrastructure designed to empower anyone who wants to do something in mission that has allowed us to incubate more than 200 kingdom dreams into thriving microchurches in our city.

This first event will unpack the values that shape our ecosystem and the structures we have designed so that we can systematically be committed to empowering every kind of missionary in our city. We will also provide practical guidelines to help contextualize (this is not a cookie cutter program) your own missional HUB with unique services that can support every kind of missional leader in your context.

Series Includes:

  • The Underground Story
  • Fascination with Jesus
  • The Leader and Mission
  • The Microchurch and Ecclesiology
  • Formation of Microchurches
  • New Leadership and Newtork Creation
  • The Networked Church
  • Serving Microchurches
  • Values
  • Economic Models That Release Mission
  • Exercising Spiritual Authority in a Network

THE LEADER: Influence within a Missional Ecosystem

January/Frebruary (TBA) 2021 || Tampa, FL

Our second event will focus on the development of you as a network director. This is where good ideas become a concrete reality. Growing an effective multiplying movement requires a network director to possess a unique combination of qualities from personal intimacy with Jesus, staying connected to grassroots ministry, nurturing a network through its phases of development as well as being able to lead the formation of an organization that is robust and able to serve a diversity of missionaries. This training will focus on your development both spiritually and practically as a movement director.

Series Includes:

  • Phases of Network Development
  • Disciple-Making in a Missionally Diverse Network
  • Developing a Missionary Service Platform
  • Activating Missionaries
  • Leadership Development in a Dispersed Network
  • Governance in a New Structure
  • Movement Life and Leadership Health






THE WORLD: Prophetic Movement for the Poor

June 2021 || Manila, Philippines

As a movement we remember the poor because we believe God does. We believe they are central to his mission in the world. It is our conviction that God is always on the side of those who have no one on their side. For that reason we believe the church should also stand on the side of the poor, and in so doing stand in solidarity with the heart and work of God. Jesus’ own ministry is our model.

This international component will be a challenging experience, pushing us to our limit to explore scripture and ministry from the context of the least. Learning from international movements in places like Haiti or the Philippines you will be pushed to wrestle with what it means to be a prophetic movement for those on the margins, displaying the restoration and reign of Jesus in the world through your missional network.

Series Includes:

  • Making and Keeping Covenants
  • Jesus, The Poor and Your Network
  • Institutional Memory in Network Design
  • Leadership through Values
  • Listening to the Voice of God for your Movement
  • Blessings and Promises





what network leaders are saying

 

“The combination of theological and practical teaching helped us understand not just our calling but began the journey of understanding how to see change might come to our city.”

Kevin Pimblott, Illinois

“Module 2 helped give us a name to the movement leadership phase we are in right now and how important mobilizing others is as we cannot lead it all on our own! It’s exciting to hear new friends’ ministry ideas and agree with them, ‘Yes, you should do that! How can I help?’”

Cassie Gonyer, Florida

“For leaders longing to be equipped in Kingdom mission, empower others in their God-given calling, and see revival in their neighborhoods, Underground Movement School is an invaluable training grounds.”

larissa marks, hawaii

 

“Every church in America will say some form of the same thing, “The church isn’t a building, its the people”. Movement school has shown us a way forward where this is no longer a cute saying, but an actual reality live out daily by God’s people.“

tim gonyer, florida

"With the launch of their Movement School, the Underground Network does for the Church at large what they have always done for their own community of microchurches. Namely, offer themselves - their voices, insights, and the hard-won fruits of more than a decade of faithfully innovative Kingdom work - as a gift, and a guide."

Chris Bannon, New Hampshire

“The people at Underground are not trying to make a name for themselves; they have discovered some priceless treasures of faith and practice ministry, and are genuinely driven to practically give it away.”

Shawn Mitchel, Oregon

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