We are a vibrant church community in 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.
We passionately believe in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, 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 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.
We believe God’s mission moves forward through planting dynamic, healthy new churches. 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 – 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 – Laura de Keizer, 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…
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).