What we do
GOSPEL | We focus on Jesus, his gospel and his mission.
MISSIONAL COMMUNITIES | We’re passionate about missional communities which we believe are an incredibly powerful way of bringing the kingdom of God into the community. We want to give people the ability to plant and lead missional communities, and to plant and lead churches of missional communities.
Missional communities aren’t everything, but they’re foundational for us. We also believe in Gathering together regularly as a whole church, and also in small discipleship triads called DNA groups.
MOVEMENT | We’re not just trying to build our organisation. We want to see kingdom movement beyond our family of churches. We’re not restricted to a particular denomination, region, or size of church. And we’re not restricted to lots of detailed doctrinal statements – though we are gospel-centred. This is because we don’t want too many boundaries around who can or can’t be part of this movement. In fact, you can access our resources for free without joining, and apply them however you want.
ADAPTIVE | We believe in missional communities, but we’re not seeking to give a rigid method of how to do things. We want to help you build your own ministry expression, and to apply some of our tools in your context.
AUSTRALIAN | Some friends in the USA started Soma, but we’re not a cut and paste model. We’re a well thought through theological vision expressed in the Australian context. We’re a movement led by Australian pastors who have a lot of experience in kingdom movement.
FAMILY | We’re big on relationship – we’re family. That’s core to what we’re about – at every level of how we operate. Our DNAs and missional communities work at being family. Every church works at being family. And every church leader works at linking in with the wider Soma family. We take responsibility as pastors to encourage each other, learn from each other, and care for each other.
RESOURCES | We create simple, adaptable and reproducible structures and tools for growth.
STRENGTHEN | Becoming part of Soma Australia means you won’t be isolated, you’ll be connected with pastors in your city and across Australia, as a kingdom learning community. We work with City to City Australia, to provide coaching and resources, run retreats, establish pastor cohorts.
JOINING | You can join us in either of 2 ways – family or friend. Join the Soma Australia family of churches, or just be a friend – use our materials for free – join in where you can but without the deeper commitment of being family.