ABOUT SOMA STRENGTHENING
Soma leaders and churches are committed to one another, like a good family. Our heart is to consistently do all we can to love and serve other leaders and churches in the Soma Family whenever possible.
Soma Strengthening is an internal initiative within the Soma family that exists to see every Soma Church and Leader, healthy and thriving in ministry for the long haul as we collectively pursue our vision of Gospel Saturation. Healthy churches led by healthy leaders. Strong churches planting strong churches.
Soma Strengthening is comprised of two components: Strong Church & Strong Leader.
Strong Church is an strategic pause from the day-to-day of ministry to intentionally “work on the church” not “in the church.” Soma churches work through a Strong Church assessment process to identify & deploy strengths and highlight areas of growth. Our goal is that each Soma Church grows stronger year-after-year. Strong Church also enables us to deploy strength to Soma Sending church planting residents, international churches and other churches through the equipping ministry of Saturate. With increasing strength, we see greater multiplication. More leaders trained, more missional communities started, and more churches planted as we collectively pursue Gospel Saturation.
Strong Leader is a cohort-based initiative focused on long-term leader health for men and women in ministry. These cohorts focus on 5 themes: spiritual formation, self-care, emotional/cultural Intelligence, marriage/family, and leadership/management.* Soma women have separate cohorts. Time has shown the Enemy sends disproportionate chaos into the life of ministry wives. Compounding the problem is the tendency to establish regular coaching times, get-a-ways and support for men while wives are mostly isolated and unsupported. Strong Leader women cohorts exist to bring long overdue support.
Join us in praying that each Soma church/leader is healthy, strong, and able to play a vital role in Gospel Saturation for decades to come!
*themes based on the Lily Foundation ministry sustainability study described in: Burns, B., Chapman, T., & Guthrie, D. (n.d.). Resilient Ministry: What pastors told us about surviving and thriving.