A year and a half ago I, started exploring the possibility of becoming part of the Soma Family of churches. The process included: attending Soma School, filling out stacks of papers, reviewing budgets, writing theological statements and much much more. However, more than all of this, the process centered on a building a relationship with Soma and other churches within the Soma Family, which was the best part.
The Soma Family of churches is really that; a family of churches that is constantly pressing toward what we believe God wants His church to be. In January Rob Burns, board member and pastor ofReal Life Philly, visited Redemption Hill for our onsite assessment. During his three days here he met with, prayed with, talked with and interacted with the church family to help better know if where God is working and what some areas of growth might be.
This past Friday we received our final assessment from the Soma Family of churches about Redemption Hill becoming part of the family of churches. We are excited about this new partnership for Redemption Hill and what God has in store for us, and the wider Soma Family.
To be totally honest, becoming part of Soma will change very little about Redemption Hill. We will still have the same name and mission. We will still meet in the Crossfit Lewiston building, have missional communities that gather around the great Lewiston/Auburn area and still seek to see every man woman and child have a daily encounter with Jesus in both word and deed.
The only thing it will change is we are part of a larger family of church. A family that is praying for us, there to support us, coach our leaders, help us through the struggles we are bound to walk through and be there in our times of need. We are excited because not only will they be there for us, but we can already see God using this relationship for His glory throughout New England. We will have the privilege of walking along side other church plants throughout New England as they join the Soma Family. We will be blessed to birth out new churches who will carry not only our DNA, but also the be born into the Soma Family.
Please pray for 20 Soma Family churches across the nation as we continue to pray for the renewal of Lewiston Auburn for the glory of Jesus!
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.