SOMA is an Anglican based mission agency, which began after a prophetic vision in 1978
"..to care for the nervous system of the Body of
We believe that men and womenís greatest need is to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour and to live in the power of the Holy Spirit.
How is SOMA organised?
There are independent SOMA
national bodies in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New
Zealand, Southern Africa, Uganda, UK & USA. Each
national organisation has its own Council and National
Director (full or part-time).
An International Board coordinates
overall policy. Its chairman is Revd David Harper (USA).
SOMA is financed wholly through
the generous support of individuals and parishes.
SOMA receives no money from central church
SOMA UK is responsible for the
work of SOMA in England, Scotland and Wales.
|What does SOMA do?
SOMA prepares and sends mission teams of adults or young people from one culture to another. The teams stay only for short periods to emphasise that the purpose is to equip the local church. By working with leaders, the whole church can be reached.
SOMA brings Christian leaders to minister on their own in other countries, or to take part in team visits.
SOMA encourages Christian leaders to visit parishes in other countries for two or three weeks through "Partners in Renewal" schemes.
SOMA seeks to work within the structures of the Anglican Communion to encourage the development of a renewal perspective in the Anglican Church.
SOMA organises and participates in conferences for leaders in the Renewal Movement world-wide, and works very closely with national renewal organisations.
Experiences of SOMA's ministry:
"SOMA has helped tremendously in strengthening many Ugandan Christians in the Province. We pray that a strong and permanent SOMA base is established in Uganda" ....
The Archbishop of Uganda
"Many people are receiving the Lord in their lives, also the sick are healed" Ö "Wherever we went in Kenya and Tanzania, bishops and clergy and missionaries spoke about the great significance of past SOMA conferences for the whole life of the dioceses" Ö
Zambian priest after SOMA visit
UK priest returning from a SOMA visit
"We have been changed as a church; we no longer have a small, manageable and comfortable sense of what God wants us to do. He has stretched and challenged us, and has changed the lives of those we serve"...
US priest on the impact of SOMA trips on his parish
SOMAís vision is to send short-term mission teams of adults or young people from one culture to another around Godís world, and to help Christians to minister in the power of the Holy Spirit.
SOMA is committed to partnership in faith. From one culture to another, each can learn more of Godís work, and can become better disciples.
SOMA is committed to the 'Decade of Transformation'. It helps the church around the world to be equipped through the power of the Holy Spirit to
fulfil the Great Commission of Jesus Christ: to proclaim the Good News to all the world.