New here? Let us show you around. You'll get a feel for who we are and how we live.
If you're new or just checking out Jesus and Soma, you probably have lots of questions. We'd love to help answer them and explain how the gospel shapes our lives as a community.
We're all about family and mission, so the best way to dig deeper is to join a Missional Community—that's where you not just hear about these ideas but work them out in real life by God's grace. Our Missional Community leaders can walk you through all the Soma basics. Another great place to start is our Missional Community Fast Track—the 10 week experience we're doing a couple times a year. Check the calendar for the next MC Fast Track (Spring & Fall).
This page is a supplement to conversations with a leader or the MC Fast Track (but you can start here too). You'll find links to more info and media to help you see how the gospel of Jesus shapes Soma life.
A Missional Community Video Profile
Watch as one Missional Community shares their heart for their neighborhood and their city. It's a glimpse into life lived as a family on Jesus' mission...
What is the Gospel?
Our story, who we are, how we live... it's all about Jesus. By God's grace, we are learning as a family to allow who Jesus is and what he has accomplished on our behalf to saturate everything about us.
Even if you've heard it before, begin here with the gospel. You might be surprised. We hope you're impressed with Jesus (not us) and he takes your breath away.
Learn how God's been building Soma and some of what he's taught us along the way.
Identity & Rhythms
Who we are is because of Jesus and how we live in the everyday is because of Jesus. The letters in the New Testament show this pattern over and over: the gospel, our new identity because of the gospel and then how we should live in light of that.
The primary kind of group in Soma is the Missional Community. They live life together as a family on God's mission, seeing each other often and gathering together in homes at least weekly. For many, it's a radical shift to go from thinking church is something people merely attend to being the church all the time.
How Soma Grows
Soma, like any family, has many parts and is constantly changing and growing up, out and all over. We've been shaped by the ancient biblical ways of being the family of God on mission and by considering how we bring that to our modern contexts. Terms like Missional Community and Expression and the forms of our family life require a little explaining...
A DNA Group usually consist of three people—men with men, women with women—who meet together weekly to be known and to bring the gospel to bear on each others lives so that they grow in and live out our Identity and Rhythms. DNA stands for Discipleship, Nurture and Accountability.
The City is an amazing online tool that supports our communities. It's about real, not virtual, community and so is invite-only. Every group can share discussion, prayer requests, events, needs, and much more all for Jesus' fame in our neighborhoods. To join The City, ask your Missional Community leader to send you an email invitation or sign up at one of our Sunday gatherings.
Already on The City?
If you want to go much deeper than this overview, check out Soma School. It's a week-long immersion in our community for church planters from around the world. We teach the theological foundations of Soma and how we are bringing the gospel to bear on our context.
Some miscellaneous but useful info related to living in gospel-centered communities on mission.