WHAT IS SOMA SCHOOL?

8 – 12 June 2023
Soma Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia
With Ben Connelly, Dave Miles, Toby Dedden and Hope Foskett

Through Soma School, we equip women and men, leaders, church planters, and staff to not only know the theory and theology of everyday mission, but in how to actually live and lead a church of missional communities.

Instead of talking theoretically about ‘missional community’ we put people in an environment to experience and taste and see. Every participant stays in the home of a missional community leader, they see their lives, they get welcomed into it. They’re immersed in a gospel fluent environment. They participate in everyday mission.

We’re not a movement of information transfer but of transformation. This isn’t a conference but an experience within a gospel rich community on mission.

ABOUT BEN CONNELLY

Ben Connelly is a Soma pastor, author, equipper, and occasional professor.

He loves to serve everyday disciples, ministry leaders, and church planters across the world through The Equipping Group, and to help lead Salt+Light Community and Plant Fort Worth in Fort Worth, TX.

Ben has written/contributed to several books, workbooks, articles, and publications, has overseen church planting efforts for multiple organisations, and has also taught university and seminary classes. He is married to Jess and they have three children (Charlotte, Maggie, and Travis) and at times, host short-term foster kids too.

Ben and Jess travelled out to Australia in July 2022 to encourage and train churches learning about Soma and missional communities in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney, and to share at the Soma National Retreat.

WHAT WILL SOMA SCHOOL COVER?

    • What is the Gospel?
    • The Story of God. The gospel through the whole biblical narrative. 
    • What is the Church?
    • Identity & Rhythms. Living out of our new identity in Jesus, and missional rhythms.
    • Missional Communities. We’ll discuss how we live in communities of people who are united around a common mission, and how these communities are local expressions of Jesus and his church in the world.
    • Gatherings
    • Gospel Fluency
    • Life and life discipleship and the 4 Gs
    • Starting and leading Missional Communities
    • Missional Community church realities & leadership
    • How to create Gospel-Centred, Missional discipleship cultures – in our churches & across our country?

WHO IS THE IDEAL APPLICANT?

Ideal applicants are lead planters or lead pastors who bring along with them one or two key leaders.

HOW LONG IS SOMA SCHOOL?

Soma School occurs over 4 days:
2pm, Thursday 8 June – 4pm (Or optional extra session till 7pm), Monday 12 June. Please apply only if you can make it for 100% of Soma School.

ARE THERE ANY REQUIREMENTS BEFORE ARRIVING?

Please choose ONE out of these three:

    • Read Saturate by Jeff Vanderstelt -OR-
    • Work through the Saturate Field Guide by Jeff Vanderstelt and Ben Connelly.

AND ONE out of these three:

    • Read Gospel Fluency by Jeff Vanderstelt -OR-
    • Work through the Gospel Fluency Handbook by Jeff Vanderstelt and Ben Connelly.

WHAT IS THE COST?

There will be a cost, and we’re still figuring this out! We’ll let you know asap.

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