Soma is a family of churches who believe missional communities are the primary organizing structure of the church and a very effective means for developing gospel-centered disciples. Their vision is to see gospel saturation so that every man, woman and child has a daily encounter with Jesus through word and deed. Their mission is to establish a family of churches around the world who are committed to making disciples who make disciples to the glory of God. Soma School is for existing or potential church planters. During Soma School you will get to pray for and serve our cities, study the biblical and theological foundations of Soma, reflect on the incarnational responses to the needs of our region, and live with us as family as we learn to embody the gospel as a community.
The Crowded House is a church planting network with a vision to litter our cities and the regions with communities of light. The following aspirations are a statement of our distinctives and are not intended to be a judgment on those with gospel commitment who do things differently. We want a reproducible model of church without any trappings that might impede freedom and flexibility. We are committed to homes as a context for all or most of church life with home shaping the ethos of church. When congregations use other buildings, those buildings will not be viewed as the main focus of mission.
Can you picture a church of thousands of believers but not in a mega-church facility? This is the what Adopt a Building is about. We have sensed a burden to launch believers into the Tenderloin buildings of San Francisco, California to start churches in people's homes. One of the most vital ways we can transform the worst district in SF is to impact the inner-city, one building at a time. We want to carry God's name and presence into every building, establish a body of believers in the apartments and make disciples. Adopt a Building is a vision birthed by Francis Chan and San Francisco City Impact.
Dick and Cathy Scoggins moved to London in 1995 to work more closely with Frontiers International. Dick is Head of Leadership Development at Frontiers. Dick and Cathy continue to learn about house church planting in Networks as they train church planters in the UK and throughout the Muslim world. Dick and Cathy have planted a house church in High Wycombe, England, where they also started a Fellowship of Church Planters called the SAS team. The SAS team desire to do our part in the Great Commission by: 1) Planting new reproducing churches, 2) Equipping and helping existing churches to reproduce, 3) Training aspiring church planters, 4) Spawning new church planting teams to penetrate England, Europe and the world, and 5) Giving on-going support to these teams. Our present goal in this process is to see at least one apostolic Church Planting centre come into existence.