Every time someone finds community it’s so great! Life and growth happen when we choose to be known, to partner, and to reflect the love of Jesus to each other.
It’s also so great when communities grow because people are being adopted into the family of God and learning how to follow him. Our heart is that those who don’t know Jesus yet, from all different backgrounds, will be welcomed with great hospitality and invited to experience a glimpse of the kingdom of God through community, on Earth as it is in Heaven.
Starting a community and joining a community are both excellent options. As new people join us, there might be people near you who are looking for a community in their area. You may also have a God-given desire to serve specific people in our city who are currently unreached. For these reasons, we encourage you to consider starting a new community, asking others to partner with you.
All you need to start a community is someone to share life with and discover your common mission. Chances are you already have a person or people in your life who need to know God’s love. When you form a community, you can pray together about where your missions align and cast a vision together for what intentional community will look like.
You could meet at your house, at a local coffee shop, anywhere.
If you want to start a community and want to invite others to partner with you, let us know and we’ll help connect you with other people seeking to join a community in your area.
Sometimes your most suitable option is joining an existing community—for example, if you’re new to a neighbourhood that has an established missional community, or you want to help with a justice cause that another community is already involved with, or you’d like to learn what missional community looks like before starting your own. In either case, we encourage you to choose a community as close to where you live as possible.
Soma offers an optional class to equip you for building missional community. It’s a 4-week class that happens periodically throughout the year, focusing on practical leadership and how to develop the three core elements of missional community: family, mission, and discipleship.
The purpose of this primer is to help you establish your missional community well. Becoming a thriving missional community is not easy. It takes a lot of work. But with hard work comes the knowledge that you have a family supporting you, becoming more like Jesus with you, and sharing the good news of Jesus alongside you. We want to walk you through the first several weeks of your new missional community. Each week you will watch a video from our Soma friends in the USA.
In addition to the primer, we want to encourage you to read Saturate: Being Disciples of Jesus in the Everyday Stuff of Life by Jeff Vanderstelt. This book frames what life looks like in a missional community. This reading is required for all leaders.