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Microchurches

By Tampa Underground Network

Microchurches is a podcast meant to encourage and equip those wanting a different kind of church. The term "microchurch" has become increasingly popular over the years and this podcast is our way of contributing to the conversation.

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37. Noah Cremisino & Greg Hay of New Zealand - Microchurch Stories, Ep. 4

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43. How do I care for my team while staying on mission? - FAQs, Ep. 5
43. How do I care for my team while staying on mission? - FAQs, Ep. 5
Thank you for listening to this episode of Microchurches. Today we will sit down with Kathryn Eng from the Underground Clinic and Julie Wood from Just Initiative. You will learn how they have learned to cultivate community within their team, and disciple and shepherd their team members as part of the mission they've been called to. Resources mentioned: Microchurches by Brian Sanders and Underground Training Resources
55:11
November 23, 2022
42. How do I do this with a full-time job? - FAQs, Ep. 4
42. How do I do this with a full-time job? - FAQs, Ep. 4
Welcome back to Microchurches! In this series we are going through frequently asked questions regarding microchurches, and sitting down with various leaders and missionaries to hear about their experiences and how they might answer these questions. In this episode, we will hear from Jeremy Stephens about the benefits, risks, and best practices when it comes to bi-vocational ministry. Resources mentioned: Underground Network's upcoming events and resources
01:06:37
November 09, 2022
41. What do we do about kids? - FAQs, Ep. 3
41. What do we do about kids? - FAQs, Ep. 3
Thank you for listening to this episode of Microchurches! This week we are diving into one of our most frequently asked questions: What do microchurches do about kids? We'll hear from Jessica Stephens and Emily Binder, who will discuss not only raising and caring for kids in their family and community, but the role children actually play in mission, how family life and church are intertwined, and how we can invite our children into Kingdom and missional life. Resources mentioned: Microchurches by Brian Sanders, Underground Network's Upcoming Webinars
01:02:33
November 02, 2022
40. How do we not lose heart? - FAQs, Ep. 2
40. How do we not lose heart? - FAQs, Ep. 2
Welcome back to the Microchurches Podcast! In this series we are going through frequently asked questions in the world of microchurches. This week we sit down with George Wood and Jon Dengler, who, from their experience with men in recovery and those in poverty, will discuss with us how not to lose heart in a dedicated lifetime of ministry. Don't miss our upcoming webinars on how to start a microchurch TODAY at 2pm EST and on November 1st. Learn more and register at https://www.undergroundnetwork.org/upcoming-events
01:00:40
October 26, 2022
39. How do we hold each other accountable in mission? - FAQs, Ep. 1
39. How do we hold each other accountable in mission? - FAQs, Ep. 1
Thanks for joining us! This week we are kicking off a new series going over frequently asked questions when it comes to microchurch life. We'll sit down with Lucas Pulley, Jeremy Stephens, and Bill Couchenour to discuss accountability in mission, and how microchurches can do that well while still releasing and empowering leaders to go where they are called. Register for our upcoming webinars on how to start a microchurch: https://www.undergroundnetwork.org/upcoming-events
59:50
October 19, 2022
38. Scott Williams of Southeast Asia - Microchurch Stories, Ep. 5
38. Scott Williams of Southeast Asia - Microchurch Stories, Ep. 5
Thanks for listening to the Microchurches Podcast! This week we continue in our series of hearing from microchurches all over the world by sitting down with Scott Williams and his experience with microchurches in Southeast Asia. As he navigates through mission in a country that is under immense crisis, you'll hear about the ways that Scott has seen God bring people together in suffering and even open up their hearts to new faith and new models of church.
58:04
October 12, 2022
37. Noah Cremisino & Greg Hay of New Zealand - Microchurch Stories, Ep. 4
37. Noah Cremisino & Greg Hay of New Zealand - Microchurch Stories, Ep. 4
Welcome back to the podcast! We took a week off last week due to Hurricane Ian that impacted some of our communities locally, but we are back this week and hearing from Noah Cremisino and Greg Hay in New Zealand. In this episode, you'll hear about the formational season their community is in, the ways that their communities and circumstances has informed their deep value of journeying with people through the wilderness, and the fruit that it has produced in their microchurches. Resources mentioned: Reappearing Church by Mark Sayers
01:09:50
October 05, 2022
36. Vicki and Reuben Dominguez of Hope, Dominican Republic - Microchurch Stories, Ep. 3
36. Vicki and Reuben Dominguez of Hope, Dominican Republic - Microchurch Stories, Ep. 3
Thanks for journeying with us through Microchurch stories from around the world. In this episode, we sit down with Vicki and Reuben in the Dominican Republic - where the typical church model is generally smaller in nature. You'll hear about how they've been called to neighborhood church, pastor care and invesment, ministry to vulnerable women, and more. Learn more about H.O.P.E Dominican Republic!
55:47
September 21, 2022
36. Adam and Charlotte Penketh of the Gathering Network, Glasgow - Microchurch Stories, Ep. 2
36. Adam and Charlotte Penketh of the Gathering Network, Glasgow - Microchurch Stories, Ep. 2
Welcome back to the Microchurches Podcast. This week we are continuing in our series by hearing from the Gathering Network in Glasgow, Scotland. Adam and Charlotte Penketh started with intentionality towards those around them and eventually persevered in the slow growth and development of what became the Gathering Network. Listen in on the ways they've seen microchurches become self-sustaining and continued to say yes to new and unique ways that Jesus has called them.  Our Underground Network intensive begins tonight at 7PM EST! Click here for more information and to sign up. And learn more about what Adam and Charlotte are doing in The Gathering Network.
01:12:19
September 14, 2022
34. Samir and Miranda of AtHome, Paris - Microchurch Stories, Ep. 1
34. Samir and Miranda of AtHome, Paris - Microchurch Stories, Ep. 1
Welcome back to the Microchurches Podcast! We are kicking off Season 3 with hearing from Microchurches from around the world. In this episode, we'll hear from Miranda and Samir doing mission in Paris. We'll discuss the barriers they face in caring for and ministering to refugees they come across, and hear some of the amazing stories they have to tell. Register for the Microchurch Network Intensive starting September 14th!
01:05:39
September 01, 2022
32. Lessons from Microchurch Network Stories - Lucas Pulley and Tomy Wilkerson
32. Lessons from Microchurch Network Stories - Lucas Pulley and Tomy Wilkerson
To wrap up this series of microchurch stories from various networks, we hear from Lucas and Tomy once again as they debrief just some of the lessons and themes that came up in talking to these leaders. You will learn how although microchurch models are often so beautifully adapted to their contexts, there are underlying themes and values that allow them to be the church wherever they are planted. Join us in March of 2022 for the first ever Microchurches Conference. Register now!
01:00:20
January 05, 2022
32. Matt Ulrich of Greenhouse Church - Microchurch Network Stories, Bonus Episode!
32. Matt Ulrich of Greenhouse Church - Microchurch Network Stories, Bonus Episode!
This week we are doing a bonus episode with Matt Ulrich of Greenhouse church, who the Underground is partnering with to host the upcoming Microchurch Conference. You will hear about how microchurch DNA is in everything they do, despite having their largest attendance on Sunday mornings. By focusing on making disciples in a way that is organized but organic, the Greenhouse community continues to empower ministry leaders and walk alongside them in their individual callings and journeys. Join us in March of 2022 for the first ever Microchurches Conference. Register now! Resources Mentioned: Different by Brian Sanders and Mike Patz
01:08:20
December 29, 2021
31. Matt Newman and Jerad Sears of Samaritan Church - Microchurch Network Stories, Ep. 5
31. Matt Newman and Jerad Sears of Samaritan Church - Microchurch Network Stories, Ep. 5
In this episode of Microchurches, we continue our series with Matt Newman and Jerad Sears of Samaritan Church. While part of their rhythm includes a Sunday service as a traditional church would, they have adapted the microchurch model to empower and release missionaries to live and love like Jesus in their neighborhood - and in turn build bridges to sustainable relationships in the community. Join us in March of 2022 for the first ever Microchurches Conference. Register now!
01:14:36
December 22, 2021
30. Pastor Will Francis of Be The Church Network - Microchurch Network Stories, Ep. 4
30. Pastor Will Francis of Be The Church Network - Microchurch Network Stories, Ep. 4
In this episode of Microchurches we hear from Pastor Will Francis of Be The Church Network, as he talks about how the callings and needs of their community came together to create this movement in Atlanta. You will learn more about what it looks like to contextualize the microchurch model given diverse leaders, location, and spiritual giftings. Join us in March of 2022 for the first ever Microchurches Conference.  Register now!
47:27
December 15, 2021
29. Shawn Mitchell and Isaac Federiuk of Catalyst Network - Microchurch Network Stories, Ep. 3
29. Shawn Mitchell and Isaac Federiuk of Catalyst Network - Microchurch Network Stories, Ep. 3
Continuing in this series of hearing from network leaders and their microchurch stories, today we hear from Shawn Mitchell and Isaac Federiuk of the Catalyst Network in Portland, Oregon. Their team has done mission largely through construction and facility/home improvement projects. You will hear how what started as simply serving neighbors and community members with their skills became a chance for them to be the church in their city. Join us in March of 2022 for the first ever Microchurches Conference.  Register now!
01:06:22
December 08, 2021
28. Taylor Rogers of Wildfire Network - Microchurch Network Stories, Ep. 2
28. Taylor Rogers of Wildfire Network - Microchurch Network Stories, Ep. 2
In our next episode of the series we talk with Taylor Rogers, the director of Wildfire Network in San Antonio, Texas. You will learn about the different ways that they engage with the needs of their community and be faithful to where Jesus calls them. In their contextualized version of microchurches, in what they call missions, you will hear about how they’ve cultivated a family in these smaller spaces and seen God do incredible things through it. Join us in March of 2022 for the first ever Microchurch Conference.  Register now!
01:15:51
December 01, 2021
27. Joel Repic of Greenhouse Network - Microchurch Network Stories, Ep. 1
27. Joel Repic of Greenhouse Network - Microchurch Network Stories, Ep. 1
This week we are kicking off a new series where we hear more stories from people doing mission in a microchurch setting, but specifically looking at the network model. In this episode we sit down with Joel Repic of Greenhouse Network, where he shares the development of their  network, the movements that have branched out from it, and the ways they’ve continued to grow and adapt according to the needs of their missionaries.
01:04:40
November 24, 2021
26. Expansion - Microchurch Phases, Ep. 4
26. Expansion - Microchurch Phases, Ep. 4
To wrap up the Microchurch Phases series, Tomy and Brian talk about Expansion and growth. In a culture where numbers and size are often what determine a church’s success, the goal of a microchurch is to model Kingdom mission by discipling and sending. You will hear how multiplication and expansion look different on a micro-scale, but are foundational to the journey of a missional community. Resources mentioned: Microchurches by Brian Sanders, Tampa Underground’s Training Resources
55:34
November 17, 2021
25. Codification - Microchurch Phases, Ep. 3
25. Codification - Microchurch Phases, Ep. 3
For this next episode and next Microchurch phase, we discuss Codification. In this particular phase, a microchurch leader will begin to notice what approaches and practices work for their community and the population they are trying to reach. After having gone through iteration and experimentation, this next phase allows for a microchurch to be shaped by where they’ve seen God move, and really be able to move forward. Resources mentioned: Microchurches by Brian Sanders
35:56
November 10, 2021
24. Iteration - Microchurch Phases, Ep. 2
24. Iteration - Microchurch Phases, Ep. 2
In this second episode of this conversation around microchurch phases, we sit down with Brian Sanders once again to discuss the phase of iteration. Some of the most important lessons that are learned in the journey of a microchurch happen in the process of trying things, adjusting, and continuing in some form of mission even when you fail. Resources mentioned: Microchurches by Brian Sanders
59:21
November 04, 2021
23. Ideation - Microchurch Phases, Ep. 1
23. Ideation - Microchurch Phases, Ep. 1
In this next series of Microchurches, we talk with Brian Sanders about how microchurches often begin, and what the ideation phase often looks like. You will learn best practices for answering the call to start a microchurch, as well as why this sacred process is such an important part of missionary life. Resources mentioned: Microchurches by Brian Sanders
52:30
October 27, 2021
22. Experiment, Pivot, and Perseverance - Missionary Journey, Ep. 4
22. Experiment, Pivot, and Perseverance - Missionary Journey, Ep. 4
To conclude the Missionary Journey series, we are joined again by Stacy Gaskins and Jeremy Stephens as we dive into experimenting, pivoting, and persevering. In this episode, you will hear about why missionary peers are so critical to these last phases of the journey of a missionary, and the ways that these moments of failing and pivoting continually bring us to a place of humility and dependence on Jesus.
45:07
October 20, 2021
21. Calling and Starting - Missionary Journey, Ep. 3
21. Calling and Starting - Missionary Journey, Ep. 3
In this week's episode of Microchurches, we continue through hearing from Stacy Gaskins and Jeremy Stephens in our breakdown of the Missionary Journey. In this particular conversation, you will hear about the various ways that God calls us to start something new and how we can walk with those we are leading through listening to Jesus and having the confidence to answer the call to action. Resources Mentioned: Underground's Altar Moments and Calling Lab
01:07:06
October 13, 2021
20. Lordship and Liminality - Missionary Journey, Ep. 2
20. Lordship and Liminality - Missionary Journey, Ep. 2
In this week's episode of Microchurches, we continue through our conversation with Stacy Gaskins and Jeremy Stephens in our breakdown of the Missionary Journey. You will hear about the first two stages in the journey of a missionary, and how we can make spaces for our people to experience their own “altar moments” with the Lord, as well as walk with them through liminal moments that they may encounter. Resources Mentioned: Underground's Missionary Toolkit
40:56
October 06, 2021
19. Missionary Journey Overview - Missionary Journey, Ep. 1
19. Missionary Journey Overview - Missionary Journey, Ep. 1
Welcome to Season 2 of Microchurches! This season, we are kicking things off with a deep dive into the Missionary Journey. In this episode, Stacy Gaskins and Jeremy Stephens give us a 30,000-foot view of the missionary journey, how it began as a study of persevering microchurch leaders, and how it's impacted missionaries since. Resources mentioned: Underground's Missionary Toolkit
26:58
September 29, 2021
18. Suffering - Microchurches 101, Ep. 6
18. Suffering - Microchurches 101, Ep. 6
In this episode of Microchurches, we continue in our conversation with Jeremy Stephens about the foundations of what a microchurch is. To conclude this series, you will learn about suffering within the missionary journey, and the ways that it brings us into intimacy with Jesus while simultaneously reminding us to surround ourselves with other missionary peers to journey with us. Resources mentioned: Underground’s Missionary Toolkit
54:53
May 26, 2021
17. Discipleship - Microchurches 101, Ep. 5
17. Discipleship - Microchurches 101, Ep. 5
In this episode of Microchurches, we continue in our conversation with Jeremy Stephens about the basics and foundations of microchurches. You will learn how discipleship must be tailored to microchurches and shaped around those they are discipling. And yet, a basic discipleship plan that includes spiritual formation, missional engagement, and accountable life is the place to start, with the goal to simply guide people to be learners and listeners of Jesus. Resources mentioned: Underground's Missionary Toolkit
48:23
May 19, 2021
16. Two Spaces - Microchurches 101, Ep. 4
16. Two Spaces - Microchurches 101, Ep. 4
In this episode of Microchurches, we continue in our conversation with Jeremy Stephens about the foundations of what a microchurch is. Now that we’ve unpacked the ecclesial minimum, you will now learn how these 3 values that make up the church often exist in 2 spaces: Modalic and Sodalic. Worship, Community and Mission happen in both spaces, but in distinctly different ways. Resources Mentioned: Underground's Missionary Toolkit
45:31
May 12, 2021
15. Contextualizing the Minimum, Part 3: Mission - Microchurches 101, Ep. 3
15. Contextualizing the Minimum, Part 3: Mission - Microchurches 101, Ep. 3
In this episode of Microchurches, we continue in this series where we discuss the very minimum that defines what the church of Jesus must be. We call this the Ecclesial Minimum, which is the beginning of how we would define a microchurch - and not a box in which it is limited to. In this particular episode we dive into the value of Mission with Jeremy Stephens. You will hear the ways that mission is more than just evangelism and loving others, but an imitation of God carrying out His divine mission and being invited into that, and the kind of pursuit and discernment that is necessary as we are sent out. Resources mentioned: Underground's Missionary Toolkit and the Hitting the Reset Button webinar
40:18
May 05, 2021
14. Contextualizing the Minimum, Part 2: Community - Microchurches 101, Ep. 2
14. Contextualizing the Minimum, Part 2: Community - Microchurches 101, Ep. 2
In this episode of Microchurches, we continue in this series in which we discuss the very minimum that defines what the church of Jesus must be. We call this the Ecclesial Minimum, which is the beginning of how we would define a microchurch - and not a box in which it is limited to. In this particular episode we dive into the value of Community with Jeremy Stephens, and the ways that while forms of community include sharing meals and having fun, the essence of community is less about what we do and more about what we are and the family that is built around it. Resources mentioned: Underground's Missionary Toolkit and the Ecclesial Minimum Resource and Assessment
33:43
April 28, 2021
13. Contextualizing the Minimum, Part 1: Worship - Microchurches 101, Ep. 1
13. Contextualizing the Minimum, Part 1: Worship - Microchurches 101, Ep. 1
In this episode of Microchurches, we begin a new series in which we discuss the very minimum that defines what the church of Jesus must be. We call this the Ecclesial Minimum, which is the beginning of how we would define a microchurch - and not a box in which it is limited to. In this particular episode we dive into the value of Worship with Jeremy Stephens, and the ways that it is embodied not just by singing and praising, but by a posture of the Lordship of Jesus and a love of obedience to Him.  Resources mentioned: Ecclesial Minimum Resource and Assessment
24:42
April 21, 2021
12. Lessons from Microchurch Stories - Lucas Pulley and Tomy Wilkerson
12. Lessons from Microchurch Stories - Lucas Pulley and Tomy Wilkerson
In this episode of Microchurches, we will hear from the Underground’s Executive Director Lucas Pulley and our Tampa Director Tomy Wilkerson, as they unpack the lessons and common threads that can be found in hearing the stories of some of our microchurches. Resources Mentioned: Underground’s Calling Lab and Microchurches by Brian Sanders
53:11
April 14, 2021
11. Stacy Hester of Solo Moms - Microchurch Stories, Ep. 5
11. Stacy Hester of Solo Moms - Microchurch Stories, Ep. 5
As we continue in this series of hearing from microchurch leaders and the stories they have to tell, we are joined in this episode by Stacy Hester of Solo Moms. Her microchurch seeks to love and reach single mothers, often struggling with more than just navigating motherhood alone. You will hear how her calling was made clear from a lot of her own story with a God who continued to prove faithful and present throughout her life. Resources mentioned: Underground's Training Resources for missionaries and Microchurches by Brian Sanders.
40:44
April 07, 2021
10. Derek Scanlon of Beer & Bible - Microchurch Stories, Ep. 4
10. Derek Scanlon of Beer & Bible - Microchurch Stories, Ep. 4
As we continue in this series of hearing from microchurch leaders and the stories they have to tell, we are joined in this episode by Derek Scanlon of Beer & Bible, and more recently - Whiskey Club. You will hear how despite any judgements or false assumptions from others in the Christian sphere regarding alcohol and ministry, they’ve been able to create a space of trust, vulnerability, and an openness to investigate scripture and the person of Jesus - often for the first time. Resources mentioned: Underground's Training Resources for missionaries and Microchurches by Brian Sanders.
59:10
March 31, 2021
9. Alison Haupt and Emily & JD Diaz of Central House - Microchurch Stories, Ep. 3
9. Alison Haupt and Emily & JD Diaz of Central House - Microchurch Stories, Ep. 3
As we continue in this series of hearing from microchurch leaders and the story they have to tell, we are joined in this episode by Allison Haupt as well as Emily & JD Diaz. They are the key leaders of a microchurch called Central House, that provides a safe and encouraging space for missionaries of all kinds and life stages to do mission where they are. You will hear how the ways that failing, supporting, and sharing life together has grown into a rhythm of true community for missionaries to be transformed and sent out again. Resources mentioned: Microchurches by Brian Sanders and Underground's Training Resources for missionaries.
01:01:57
March 24, 2021
 8. Vanessa Power and Monica Sanders of Held - Microchurch Stories, Ep. 2
8. Vanessa Power and Monica Sanders of Held - Microchurch Stories, Ep. 2
As we continue in this series of hearing from microchurch leaders and the story they have to tell, we are joined in this episode by Vanessa Power and Monica Sanders. They, along with their friend and co-founder Jessica Stephens, began their microchurch to minister to, advocate for, and educate women who need support or who would otherwise be alone throughout their pregnancy. You will hear how their experiences as a doula for various women has given them opportunities to both help them make informed decisions as they become a new mother, as well as show them the love of their creator and lead them into a deeper relationship with Jesus.  Resources mentioned: Microchurches by Brian Sanders and Underground's Training Resources for missionaries.
47:01
March 17, 2021
7. Jon Dengler of WellBuilt Bikes - Microchurch Stories, Ep. 1
7. Jon Dengler of WellBuilt Bikes - Microchurch Stories, Ep. 1
In this new series, we will get to hear from microchurch leaders and the stories they have to tell. In our first episode for this series, we hear from Jon Dengler. Jon not only started a non-profit bike shop to provide reliable transportation to all, but has also created several entities and resources for people in need, driven by his heart for the poor, the oppressed, and the marginalized. You will hear some of his testimony and how God chose him and called him, as well as stories and challenges from how this microchurch came to be what it is today.  Resources mentioned: Microchurches by Brian Sanders and Underground's Training Resources for missionaries. 
01:15:15
March 10, 2021
6. Do Microchurches Actually Work? - Part Two
6. Do Microchurches Actually Work? - Part Two
In this episode of Microchurches, we will continue the conversation with Brian Sanders, Jeremy Stephens, Stacy Gaskins, and Lucas Pulley that we began in part one. You will not only hear more about the experiences and challenges that microchurches have encountered, but also some best practice and advice for those who are thinking of starting one.  Resources mentioned: Microchurches by Brian Sanders
36:39
March 03, 2021
5. Do Microchurches Actually Work? - Part One
5. Do Microchurches Actually Work? - Part One
In part one of this episode of Microchurches, we hear from Brian Sanders, Jeremy Stephens, Stacy Gaskins, and Lucas Pulley. These four leaders, having journeyed with countless missional leaders with unique callings, have seen how success is defined differently in microchurches. Not only will you hear stories of truly radical faith embodied by our leaders over the years, but also the ways that God moved in response to it.  Resources Mentioned: Underground People - A documentary by PJ Accetturo
48:33
February 24, 2021
4. Um...What About Accountability? - FAQs, Ep. 4
4. Um...What About Accountability? - FAQs, Ep. 4
In this episode of Microchurches, Brian and Jeremy tackle the sticky question of accountability in microchurches and where that question originates from. Together, we will dive into how smaller communities like microchurches hold accountability to orthodoxy. Resources mentioned: Underground Church by Brian Sanders
58:19
February 17, 2021
3. How Are Microchurches Formed? - FAQs, Ep. 3
3. How Are Microchurches Formed? - FAQs, Ep. 3
In this episode of Microchurches, we're joined by Stacy Gaskins, Director of Global Movements of the Underground Network, in which we tackle how microchurches are started and develop over time. Resources mentioned: Underground's Missionary Toolkit, Microchurches by Brian Sanders, and Altar Moments Webinar & Resource.
47:58
February 10, 2021
2. Why Microchurches? - FAQs, Ep. 2
2. Why Microchurches? - FAQs, Ep. 2
In this episode of Microchurches, Brian Sanders, the founder of the Underground Network, makes a compelling case as to why microchurches should be taken seriously in our conversations about the church. Resources mentioned: The Underground Church by Brian Sanders, Microchurches by Brian Sanders, and Underground's Missionary Toolkit.
48:05
February 03, 2021
1. What Are Microchurches? The FAQs on Microcrochurches, Ep. 1
1. What Are Microchurches? The FAQs on Microcrochurches, Ep. 1
In this first episode of Microchurches, we are joined by Jeremy Stephens, one of the founders and key architects of the Underground, to tackle one of the questions we are most frequently asked: what is a microchurch? This episode explores how microchurches aren't just different than our traditional idea of church, but also a more focused and intentional expression of the kind of mission Jesus has called us to. Resources mentioned: Microchurches by Brian Sanders and Underground's Missionary Toolkit
53:06
January 27, 2021