MEET OUR TRAINERS

Ben & Jess Connelly
Soma North America & The Equipping Group

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Ben and Jess have been in ministry together for over 20 years, including helping to start two churches, and equipping everyday disciples, ministry leaders, and church planters across the world through The Equipping Group.

 

In addition to being a pastor, Ben has written/contributed to several books, workbooks, articles, and publications, and has overseen church planting efforts for multiple organisations. He also occasionally teaches university and seminary classes.

 

Jess has coached ministry wives and church planting resident couples for the past 5+ years. She also runs operations for a bakery and hospitality company in Fort Worth, TX, called Hurley House.

 

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 train and encourage churches in Adelaide, Melbourne, and Sydney, and to share at the 2022 Soma National Retreat. Ben was also out serving the Australian church in 2017, and recently in June 2023 for our first Australian Soma School in the Blue Mountains, NSW. We’re excited to have them both back this July with their children!

Stephen Tan

Stephen Tan
Regeneration Church, Monash, Melbourne

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Stephen is the Senior Pastor of Regeneration Church Monash. He has a heart to see the regeneration of Monash and seeks to make disciples in Monash, Melbourne, Australia, and to the ends of the earth. After planting Regeneration Church in 2017, Stephen is keen for ‘Regen’ to be a church planting church.

 

Stephen is also passionate about gospel collaboration and helped start Together for Clayton and Beyond with other pastors in Clayton to serve Clayton/Monash through prayer, partnership and planting. Stephen is also a Catalyst with City to City Australia seeking to facilitate movements of the gospel in Melbourne’s South East through church planting, church revitalisation, building networks and training. Stephen is also passionate about training and has trained pastors and leaders in Australia, India, Malaysia and Singapore.

 

Stephen is married to Kallie, and they live with their sons, Austin & Kieran and dog Cloud. Stephen grew up in Malaysia and his favourite food is Char Kuey Teow. He is an avid Liverpool FC supporter.

 

Stephen is on the Soma Australia Area Team.

Pete Greenwood
Inner West Church, Flemington, Melbourne

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Pete Greenwood is the planter and pastor of Inner West Church in Flemington, Melbourne. He loves helping people see how the Gospel transforms all of life, and how everyday Christians can live with missional intentionality. He finds great joy in God’s generous gifts of good coffee, great beer and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

 

Though his church ministry has a focus in the Kensington/Flemington area, Pete has long nurtured a passion for the western suburbs of Melbourne more broadly to see a movement of spiritual renewal as new churches are planted, established churches are renewed, and Christians gain a new willingness to be on mission. To that end, in 2019 he helped start a prayer movement of pastors and planters called Together for the West. Pete also works one day a week for City to City Australia (CTCA) helping network and resource church planters and pastors in the West with the great tools and training that CTCA has to offer.

 

Pete is husband to Jackie and dad to Jonathan.

 

Pete is on the Soma Australia Area Team.

Seth Emery
Gathered Church, Adelaide

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Seth has dedicated his life to enjoying God and pointing others to Jesus as King. Over the last two decades, he has done this through experimental communities, writing books, hosting podcasts, speaking internationally, leading a missional microchurch movement, creating meaningful music, and provoking conversations through art and designs.

 

Seth’s focus on building relationships, breaking down stereotypes, and equipping others to live out the way of the kingdom has inspired hundreds of people to experience God’s love and make a positive impact in their communities. He lives in Adelaide with his wife, Michelle, and their 3 young boys.

ACCOMMODATION DETAILS

The Melbourne Soma School is hosted by Regeneration Church Monash and Inner West Church Flemington (IWC).

Soma School is designed to be an immersive learning experience. Participants stay in the home of a missional community leader and see their lives (accommodation is provided at no extra cost). However, if you are local to Melbourne, you have the option of travelling into Soma School from your home each day, and will still experience missional community life in the evenings and on Sunday.

PROGRAM

FRIDAY 19 JULY // GOSPEL & DISCIPLESHIP

10:00 – 10:30am – Welcome & Introduction

10:30 – 11:30am – Story of God

12:00 – 1:00pm – Gospel Theology

1:00pm – 2:00pm – Lunch

2:00 – 4:30pm – Identity & Rhythms

Evening – Missional Community Time

SATURDAY 20 JULY // DISCIPLESHIP & MISSION

9:30 – 11:00am – Heart/Idolatry

11:30am – 1:00pm – Gospel Fluency

1:00 – 2:00pm – Lunch

2:00 – 3:00pm – Evangelism & Cultural Apologetics

3:30 – 4:30pm – Break Out Sessions (choose from one of the following):

  • Good News to the Deconstructors
  • Good News to the Dissatisfied
  • Good News to the Disinterested

Evening – Dinner at Local Restaurant/Activity Together            

SUNDAY 21 JULY // GATHERINGS, MC VISIT & REST

10:00am – Regen Morning Church Gathering (118 Wellington Rd, Clayton) followed by lunch with one of the Regen MC’s.

4:00pm – Inner West Church Gathering (12 Brighton St, Flemington) followed by dinner out at dumpling restaurant.

5:00pm – Regen Night Church Gathering (118 Wellington Rd, Clayton). Dinner provided after the gathering.

Evening – Post-Gathering Dinners

Choose one of the above gatherings and community meals to visit.

MONDAY 22 JULY // LEADING MISSIONAL COMMUNITIES

9:00 – 9:30am – Debrief Sunday Gatherings

9:30 – 11:00am – Shepherding Leadership

11:30am – 1:00pm – Missional Leadership

1:00 – 2:00pm – Celebration Lunch

2:00 – 3:00pm – Soma’s 10 Values

3:00pm – Finish

 

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