Soma Sending



We are no longer accepting applications for the 2017/2018 round of Soma Sending. Applications for the 2018-2020 round of Soma Sending will be available early 2018. If you have any questions or would like more details, contact Ben Connelly at [email protected]




The vision of the Soma Family of Churches is to see gospel saturation,so that every man, woman, and child has a daily encounter with Jesus in word and deed.

We believe the best way to pursue this vision is to establish a family of churches around the world who are committed to making disciples who make disciples to the glory of God. But starting a church is a difficult calling. Management consultant Peter Drucker said that church leadership was the most difficult and taxing profession he was aware of. The apostle Paul said of ministry, “For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death” (2 Cor 1:8–9). Many churches—especially young ones like many in our Soma family—have great zeal for church planting, but lack the capacity to fully develop leaders who will plant healthy churches and “run the race” well for the next 50 years.

Soma Sending wants to do just that: raise up and send out healthy leaders, who start healthy churches and make gospel-saturated disciples, across North America and beyond. Initial applications for the 2016 – 2018 round are due April 15th.


Over the course of two school years, Soma Sending combines the personalized experience of immersion into a local church family (or externship coaching), with unified expert training and coaching in various church planting competencies, to create unified, quality training, that’s customized to each planter and his context.

Each of seven 10-week “classes” starts with about three weeks of prep work in specific church planting themes. You’ll then come together for a long-weekend Summit, where noted experts join local Soma leaders, to equip you (through teaching, practice, and “ask-anything” Q&A) in various planting competencies. Then you’re sent home to complete assignments, and receive cohort coaching/assessment in each theme/competency/skill, during the remaining six weeks of each class. The workload is designed to be, on average, 8 hours/week.