Soma School

Soma School is a 7 day experience where you will be immersed in our community

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During Soma School you will get to pray for and serve our cities, study the biblical and theological foundations of Soma Communities, reflect on the incarnational responses to the needs of our region, and live with us as family (warts and all) as we learn to embody the gospel as a community.

We will host you with members of our family and you'll get to experience their rhythms of life as well as getting many different snapshots of Soma in both urban and suburban settings.

This experience is for individuals, particularly church-planters, that desire a deep understanding of the Gospel Identity and Rhythms in which we live.

To make the experience the most worthwhile, for you and for us, we strongly recommend you read both of these books before Soma School: Total Church and The Prodigal God.

Some of what you will learn and experience while you are with us...

  • The Story of God  You will begin to see the Bible and the redemptive, restorative work of God in a whole new way, seeing the gospel through the whole biblical narrative.  You will also learn how to communicate and teach in new, dialogical methods.
  • Identity & Rhythms  What is the Church? How should we live? Soma Communities is formed around the gospel, our new identity in Jesus and the rhythms in which he and his followers lived. We will dig deep into these realities.
  • Building a Missional Community  We will discuss how Soma has begun to live in communities of people who are united around a common, local mission. Also, how these communities are local expressions of Jesus and his church in the world, living out the gospel in all ways.
  • Gatherings  You will gather with the Soma family in smaller missional communities, larger gatherings and spend time just being with us in community.
  • Sacred Space  Bringing beauty and restoration to our community is one of the ways we display and experience the gospel. Together, we will spend a day restoring a public space in or around Tacoma. (Be sure to bring some work clothes.)

Notes & Audio

We've recorded the primary Soma School teaching sessions.  You can download the audio or listen online.  Most sessions have notes available as well. 
Check out the notes and audio...


Application & Registration

Since we're not putting on a conference, but opening up our lives to share what we're learning, space is limited. To steward these limited resources well, our goal is to see Soma School be very effective for equipping church planters who will then equip others in the gospel, community and mission. Soma School is not tailored for folks in a "traditional" church setting who are hoping to transition their small groups to missional communities, but it's geared specifically for those planting churches that see gospel communities living on mission as THE primary organizing structure of the church. Ideal applicants are a lead planter who brings along 1 or 2 key leaders who are currently planting or about to plant a new church (3 max from one team).

We will fill each Soma School with church planters first and if there is space, accept others who are interested in learning from Soma's experiences.  After we review your application, we'll email you registration instructions.

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