We are a church community spread across the Blue Mountains and Penrith. We believe the Way of Jesus is good news for today, and our desire and ambition is to follow him together for the renewal of the world. We are part of Soma Australia and City to City Australia.
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising 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 28:18-20
We passionately believe in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. We’re committed to living out his teachings and purpose in the world. We want everyone to know him and the life and freedom he brings.
Our Gospel Communities are discipleship environments that cultivate life-on-life, life-in-community, and life-on-mission. We see each other’s lives in the everyday stuff so we can better follow Jesus in all of life. The Body of Christ is diversely gifted, and it takes many gifts fitted together to raise up mature disciples. We reach people for Christ, revealing areas for growth, and equipping disciples who make disciples.
Gospel communities on mission are a way of re-imagining church life for Australians, in a way that is relevant to modern life. Gospel communities are as diverse as the people who make them up, but each aims to make disciples of Jesus who are increasingly submitting to him in all of life, are being changed by him, and are obeying him and teaching others to do the same. They are committed to to ongoing gospel centred mission to specific groups of people throughout urban, suburban and rural Australia.
We believe God’s mission moves forward through planting dynamic, healthy new churches. We equip and release leaders, plant churches and work with other networks to help create gospel movements within our city. In partnership with City to City Australia, Soma Australia helps train and support Australian church planters. We do this through the Incubator church planter course, leader cohorts, equipping times, coaching relationships, prayer and being good family. In the last few years, Soma churches have been planted in Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Perth and Adelaide.
Gospel Community Leaders – Jeff & Claire Meijnderts, Dave & Glenda Miles, Ro & Anita Miles, Annie & Toby Dedden, Andrew & Heidi Gombossy, Tom & Jess Arundel, Jabin & Laura de Keizer, Eleanor Allison & Leone Read, Glenn and Lisa Harding.
Elders (pictured) – Dave Miles & Stuart Brooking
Staff – Dave Miles & Annie Dedden
Committee – Stuart Brooking (Chairman), Andrew Clark (Treasurer), Jess Arundel (Secretary), Melinda Kingsland (deputy chair), Dave Miles, Leone Read.
Child protection – Leone Read, Annie Dedden
Workplace Health and Safety – Annie Dedden
Kids – Annie Dedden
Website photography – Hadley England, Ro Miles, Lisa Grant