Gospel Communities are the primary way we scatter during the week. These are communities of Christians on mission with God, depending on the Spirit, showing and sharing the Gospel of Jesus among a specific pocket of people.
Each Community has 4 identities:
What is a Gospel Community?
We define our Gospel Communities as ’a family of missionary disciples.’ These communities are groups of people that live as brothers and sisters, eating, praying, serving one another and living life together. Living as ’missionaries,’ we join in Jesus’ kingdom work in our neighbourhoods, workplaces, and city. And finally, as disciples, we study and encourage each other to grow in knowing and following Jesus.
What does a Gospel Community look like?
Like families, all of our Gospel Communities look a little different, and that’s great! The 4 core elements of our communities are family, mission, serving and discipleship. Whether you start with 3 members or 12 members, the important thing is to start with a foundation of people who are following Jesus by living life together, like sharing meals, having fun and caring for each other (family), partnering to share Jesus and serve their community in some way (mission), and intentionally pursuing deeper relationship with Jesus, together through scripture study, prayer and conversation (discipleship).
What do I need to do before starting a Gospel Community?
There are no prerequisites to starting or joining community, and you have the freedom to initiate a new one any time! It’s about relationships, not a formula. However, we do offer a variety of resources if you want help finding or planning a community. If you’re ready to start one, go for it! We’d love for you to inform us about your community so we can keep in touch with you and potentially connect you with other people in your region who are also looking for community.
How can I join an existing Gospel Community?
If you want to join an existing Gospel Community, drop us a line and we’ll get in touch with you about which Gospel Community might be the best fit based on your needs and what you want to contribute.
Am I required to be in a Gospel Community as part of Soma?
Regardless of your involvement in a Gospel Community, you are welcome and accepted with Soma. We talk about Gospel Community a lot because the elements of family, mission, serving and discipleship are absolutely central to the teachings of Jesus. We want to experience and share the fullness of life that comes from following him as missional families. Because we care deeply about the church and the city, we regularly encourage the church to live as a bunch of unique missional families that invite the kingdom of God into our homes, workplaces, shops, and anywhere we go where people need the love of Jesus. That’s everywhere!
Is there a group for my age or stage in life?
Most of our communities are a happy mix of people in different stages of life. That being said, some groups exist for people in similar life stages, such as young adults, youth, families with young children, or people unified around a pub or playgroup. If you’re interested in connecting with people of a similar age or stage, let us know.
Are there any bible studies I can join?
At Soma, studying the bible together is a key element of discipleship within our communities, rather than a stand-alone group offered through the church. Within family, there’s freedom to ask questions about the bible and encourage each other to put what we’re learning into practice. While challenging us to grow as individuals, Jesus also shows us how to love and serve our neighbours, and that’s where Gospel Community becomes missional, because it’s not all about us!
Why are Gospel Communities so important to Soma?
Gospel Communities are a response to Jesus’ instruction to make disciples and do life together. That’s why being part of this kind of community is our passionate desire for each member of the church. We want everyone to participate in a collective kingdom vision. We believe that Jesus came to offer life for all. While the people of Jesus experience richness and growth in community, they also partner in sharing the love of Jesus with those who don’t know him yet.