The Underground


what do we mean by the Spiritual Underground?

The easiest way to explain the spiritual underground is to first ask you to imagine the overground - the highly visible and well established network of churches, ministries and institutions that are the face of Christianity to our world.

By contrast, the underground is that hidden space, on the outskirts of Christendom, where unknown, unconventional and unlikely candidates do life together in less-formal structures. Historically, they have been pioneers, who have contended for autheticity, honesty and original thought. This has triggered new ideas and given birth to new initiatives.

Many bible stories show God instigating new stuff on the fringes of the established religious order. For example, John the Baptist!

The underground is not about reaction or resistance to the overground. It is about innovation!


our movement is an Underground Movement

Historically, churches have formed around theological beliefs. In recent years the trend has been to gather around personalities and production sensibilities. The spiritual underground is more sociological in construct. Friendship circles are maturing into active ministry communities as participants start helping each other accomplish their personal missions by trading skills - essentially, building God's people into a kingdom of priests, a collaborative community in which everyone has a part to play.

It goes without saying that you can live in the overground yet function with an underground spirit!!! The essential ingredient: a sensitized conscience.


get involved

1. Join our Mailing List

2. Start an Underground Node, a local connection point.

3. Become a Treasure Hunter. Help us find songs, stories and ideas.

4. Become a Cross-Pollinator. Help us share these discoveries.