THERE ARE NO PURITY STORIES AT SOMA.

If you’re wondering; Am I welcome at Soma? – the answer is yes. There are no purity stories here. Only redemption stories. No matter your current relationship with or thoughts about Christianity, your racial, sexual, or socioeconomic background, Soma is a place where you can know others, be known by others, and explore Christianity honestly. 

 

 

BRANDON SHIELDS, LEAD PASTOR

Responsibilities: Preaching, vision, and directional leadership for the church

Family: Married to Emily in 2004, and happy dad of four children – James, Cooper, Lilly Claire, and Hadley

Education:
B. B. A. in Marketing, University of Kentucky (2001)
M. Div in Mission & Church, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (2004)
Ph.D in Leadership, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (2008)

Hometown: Louisville, KY

Favorite Books Outside the Bible:
Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis
Dynamics of Spiritual Life by Richard Lovelace
Total Church by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis
Desiring God by John Piper
Religious Affections by Jonathan Edwards

Email: brandon@somaindy.com
Twitter: @brandonshields

KENT LIVINGSTON, DOWNTOWN PASTOR

Responsibilities: I oversee communication coming to or from our staff team with our congregation, our volunteer teams, outside designers, suppliers, etc. I also oversee development of the downtown Missional Communities, and Soma’s understanding of and relationship to downtown Indianapolis.

Family: I am married to a beautiful girl named Sharon and am anxiously awaiting to meet our first child coming this Spring.

Education: Bachelors of Arts from Butler University

Hometown: North Platte, Nebraska

Favorite Books Outside the Bible:
Gospel by J. D. Greear
Reason for God by Tim Keller
A Million Miles for a Thousand Years by Donald Miller
The Tipping Point by Malcom Gladwell
Good to Great by Jim Collins

Email: kent@somaindy.com
Twitter: @klivi

 

TREVOR ST. AUBIN, WORSHIP

Responsibilities: I plan our Sunday gatherings, write liturgy, and oversee music.

Family: Not yet

Education: I am currently finishing my undergraduate in Communication Studies from IUPUI.

Hometown: Crown Point, IN

Favorite Books Outside the Bible:
Holiness of God
Worship Matters
The Hobbit
The Phantom Tollbooth
Harry Potter Series

Music:
Wilco
The Appleseed Cast
The Chariot
Justin Vernon
Dustin Kensrue

Email: trevor@somaindy.com

THE CUP OF VISION LEAKS

As we get ready to launch our downtown congregation – to take one of the biggest, most sacrificial steps we’ve taken yet as a church – we’re going to prepare for that by taking a few weeks to preach on Soma’s vision: on who we are and where we believe God is leading us.

Israel’s early history is punctuated by covenant renewal ceremonies: times where the people stop and remind themselves of who God is, who they are, and what kind of relationship God has made with them (see examples in Exodus 34, Deuteronomy 29, Joshua 8, and Joshua 24). These typically mark momentous times in Israel’s life: they come either right before or right after major national events.

As we say often, “the cup of vision leaks.” We’re taking these weeks to preach on our vision so we can remind ourselves of the distinctive DNA we believe God intends us to have and recommit ourselves to the mission God has given us:

To embody the person of Jesus Christ to Indianapolis, displaying the riches of God’s grace to our great city in both word and deed; and to be family to one another as we love, serve, forgive, engage, pray, and pursue God’s glory and our joy in a deep community of faith.

PREACHING ON THE ASPECTS OF SOMA’S VISION

  • The Gospel: The story of Jesus’ life, death, resurrection, ascension and return defines us as Christians and should define us as a church.
  • Community: God draws people into community as he draws us to Himself; we only find a truly godly life in relationships with others.
  • Mission: God calls us to a work as well as a relationship; we want to represent him in the world with a holistic ministry in word and deed.
  • City Flourishing: We want to be a people for the good of our specific neighborhoods and specific city.
  • Multiplication: We see growth and reproduction as part of a healthy movement of God; we want to pursue that on the individual, family, and corporate levels.