Why We Love This Opportunity
Soma (The Greek word for ‘body’) City Church exists to take the good news to those who are far from Jesus by pursuing meaningful, no-strings attached friendships with those close to them. Their goal is to be the most barbecue grilling, storytelling, fence hopping, meal sharing, risk taking, community dreaming, injustice fighting, party throwing, story celebrating friends in their neighborhoods and networks.
Simply put, their vision is to be the best friend the city of Toledo has ever known.
This opportunity is such a great chance for a strong relational and strategic leader to join a passionate team and lead alongside the Lead Pastor, Sammy Adebiyi. With a high value on being in community, authentic worship, relevant teaching, and bet-the-farm risk-taking faith, Soma City Church is all about Jesus, and they want to be known as lovers of Jesus more than anything else.
The Leaders and ‘Storytellers’ at Soma City Church believe the church shouldn’t be a safe subculture for Christians, but rather risky, messy, diverse expressions of the gospel in motion. Like a healthy family, they believe church should be a place where people are known, names are remembered, and life-long friendships are formed.
Soma City Church started officially in May of 2016 in Toledo, Ohio, but God was at work long before that to bring together the leaders and vision for this truly unique faith community. The Lead Pastor, Sammy Adebiyi, was born and raised in Nigeria. He moved to Toledo as a college student and felt a call to pastoral ministry. He previously served in a local church and is a national speaker for Food for The Hungry and has toured with TobyMac, Skillet, Lecrae, Third Day and others. His teaching style is drawing a young and hungry demographic to the church.
Soma City Church is an Elder-led, non-denominational church with a pre-COVID average weekly attendance of 350-400. Through the pandemic they leaned in big-time to virtual community and small gatherings and now are looking forward to re-gathering as a whole church family in mid-spring. The location is in the city center, with worship gatherings in a mall movie theater where they also have an upfitted 3000 sq ft church office and auxiliary meeting space. It’s the best possible set-up for a portable church.
This church is poised for growth and excited about what God has in store for them and the city of Toledo. The best is yet to come.
At Soma City Church, the Executive Pastor serves in a Chief of Staff leadership role and is responsible leading the day-to-day operations, championing the relationships between the Lead Pastor and the staff, and charting the course to implement the vision of the church. The Executive Pastor will also be leading ‘Circles’, the small group ministry of Soma City Church.
- Have a growing, personal relationship with Jesus Christ
- Previous pastoral leadership experience with ministry oversight and management of staff
- Must be confident & comfortable leading from the “second seat.”
- Relational shepherd’s heart, able to recognize God-given gifts in others and draw them out
- Possess strong skills for leading with strategic intent – planning, execution, organization, implementation, problem solving, team development and staff coaching
- Have the ability to preach and teach in a relevant and engaging way a few times a year
- Experience developing a thriving and effective small group ministry model
- Bonus if you have experience growing with a ministry from small to large numbers
It’s a great time to be part of what God is doing through this unique faith community in Toledo!