Soma is a church planting church with communities of disciples of Jesus as its building block. Our communities are on mission and reach into their local places to bless the local people and make new disciples. Our communities gather together to worship, learn, train and to bless the world.
· A fresh, exciting way of being the church in everyday life
· Real life not programmatic
· Going out to plant churches, not building a building
· Trained and equipped by professional leadership funded by the disciple communities
· Inspired by the mission, beliefs and principles of Soma under the Lordship of Jesus
· Partnering with like-minded churches and individuals who want to plant churches
One of the first things God says to humans is, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth…’ A healthy organism reproduces. This is true of plants and animals and human beings, and this is true of churches.
We want to see ‘reproduction’ at every level of the living organism called the ‘body of Christ.’
Disciples making more disciples of Jesus.
Missional communities making more missional communities.
Churches making more churches.
We want to define success not by how many people are coming to church, but by how many people are going. Not by how many people are in seats on a Sunday, but by how many people have vacated those seats to make disciples in another neighbourhood, or another city, or another state, or another nation.
We want to recapture a theology of place. We want you to own your neighbourhood. To be a kingdom presence right where you live and do life. To eat and sleep and work and play and exercise and walk your dog and worship in your neighbourhood, more so than across town. To work for God’s kingdom to come in your part of the city, and then to see it spread to the ends of the earth.
We aim to do that through planting Missional Communities, both in our city, and beyond. We believe there is no better way to carry the gospel forward in a city than by planting Missional Communities in every nook and cranny of it. As these Missional Communities multiply, new churches are birthed.
We’ve been partnering with the worldwide Soma Family of churches for 4 or so years now. In that time, other churches have been planted in Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Together we’ve formed Soma Australia.
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. Our blog is a place where we further explore and discuss doctrine and theology. A lot of our thinking comes from Timothy Keller (City to City) and Jeff Vanderstelt (Soma).
Tom Hagan and Ruth Maxwell, Malcolm and Sarah Gutcher, Andrew and Eleanor Allison, Lisa and Glenn Harding, Jeff and Claire Meijnderts, Marty and Poppy Gee, Martin and Chris Owen, Dave and Glenda Miles, Mel and Luke O’Connell, Andrew Gombossy and Heidi Miles, Craig and Jodee Kingsley, Naomi and Karl Grice.
Dave Miles, Marty Gee and Stuart Brooking. We are also considering Martin Owen for eldership.
Dave Miles, Marty Gee, Craig Kingsley (unpaid) and Andrew Gombossy (intern).
Dave & Glenda Miles, Marty & Poppy Gee, Glenn & Lisa Harding, Jeff and Claire Meijnderts, Chris and Martin Owen.
Stuart Brooking (Chairman), Jabin de Keizer (Treasurer), Bruce Coomer (Secretary), Andrew Clark, Dave Miles, Laura Kate de Keizer, Paul Martyn, Melinda Kingsland, Jess Arundel.
Paul Martyn, Warwick Coghlan
Lyn Craine, Paul Martyn
Hadley England, Ro Miles, Lisa Grant