We are a community following Jesus, seeking renewal in our city.
It’s our desire to see the Gospel of Jesus transform our city into something even greater than it is.
Our mission is the same as what the church’s mission has always been:
’Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’ – Matthew 28:19-20
We distill Jesus’ great commission in these two ways:
1. The effective proclamation of the gospel to all humanity, making ’disciples’ of Jesus.
2. The development and transformation of those disciples’ character into the character of Jesus himself.
So this is our combined mission + vision:
Mission: To make disciples of all nations, teaching them to obey everything Jesus has commanded.
Vision: A community following Jesus, seeking renewal in our city.
A key way we live out our vision and mission is through intentional communities. These communities love, serve and bless their local places, following Jesus together and calling others to the Way of Jesus with us. We want everyone to become a part of the renewal God is bringing to the world.
Here are some measurables of how we define success in carrying out our vision and mission. Success is when people in our church are:
Here is a shorthand way of saying this… Soma exists to be:
Missional Community Leaders – Sam & Laura de Keizer, Jeff & Claire Meijnderts, Martin & Chris Owen, Dave & Glenda Miles, Ro & Anita Miles, Annie & Toby Dedden, Andrew & Heidi Gombossy, Tom & Jess Arundel, Jabin & Laura de Keizer, Drew & Lauren Bates, Glenn and Lisa Harding.
Elders – Dave Miles (pictured above) & Stuart Brooking
Staff – Dave Miles, Annie Dedden & Andrew Gombossy
Leadership team – Dave & Glenda Miles, Glenn & Lisa Harding, Jeff & Claire Meijnderts
Committee – Stuart Brooking (Chairman), Jabin de Keizer (Treasurer), Jess Arundel (Secretary), Andrew Clark, Dave Miles, Laura Kate de Keizer, Paul Martyn, Melinda Kingsland
Child protection – Claire Meijnderts, Annie Dedden
Workplace Health and Safety – Paul Martyn
Kids – Annie Dedden
Music – Annie Dedden
Social media – Toby Dedden
Website photography – Hadley England, Ro Miles, Lisa Grant
If you have an issue with something… obviously talk to the people involved where appropriate… but apart from that…
This is one way of engaging with each other & the community around us, & having the Kingdom of God displayed through His people so that everyone, in the Blue Mountains, Penrith & further, will encounter Jesus through gospel saturation.
Through our social media we hope to:
Inform you of events, news, social happenings & updates
Encourage you through God’s word, teachings, books & God’s people
Join with you in prayer, & spreading the good news of Jesus throughout the world as His people, for His glory.
We believe in the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, and are committed to living out his teachings in the world. As a church family, we feel most closely aligned to the beliefs outlined in The Lausanne Covenant. A lot of our thinking comes from Timothy Keller (City to City) and Jeff Vanderstelt (Soma).
Saturatetheworld.com is Soma’s online platform. Saturate discovers and curates some of the best practices and learnings from the Soma family and other like-minded churches and repackages them for the church at large. They also provide training events, coaching, and platforms for learning communities to support individuals and churches in accomplishing the vision of gospel saturation.