We are a vibrant church community in the Blue Mountains and Penrith. We believe the Way of Jesus is good news for today, and that we can find the most fulfilling life by living in the story of God – even in the midst of hardship. We are a diverse community with a desire and ambition to see faith lived out in a way that brings renewal to our relationships, workplaces, and neighbourhoods. A key way we do this is through intentional communities. These communities are on mission to 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.
· 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 our 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
We’ve been partnering with the worldwide Soma family of churches for 6 or so years now. In that time, other churches have been planted in Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Perth and Adelaide.
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. We also provide training events, coaching, and platforms for learning communities to support individuals and churches in accomplishing the vision of gospel saturation.
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).
Missional Community Leaders – Sam & Laura de Keizer, Jeff & Claire Meijnderts, Martin & Chris Owen, Dave & Glenda Miles, Mel & Luke O’Connell, Ro & Anita Miles, Annie & Toby Dedden, Andrew & Heidi Gombossy, Tom & Jess Arundel, Jabin & Laura de Keizer, Drew & Lauren Bates
Elders – Dave Miles (pictured above) & Stuart Brooking
Staff – Dave Miles & 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
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.