The word "soma" is Greek for "body." As a local church, we are indeed The Body of Christ (Ephesians 1:22-23). Our name reminds us that church is not a building and it's not something we do on Sundays. As followers of Jesus, we are The Church! We have been saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ and our new identity is found in Him alone. This good news (or Gospel) informs all that we say, do, and think.
Soma San Marcos is part of a larger family of Soma churches, who all believe that Gospel communities on mission (or Missional Communities) are the most effective means for making Gospel-centered disciples. Thus, Soma churches are intentionally structured around Missional Communities, empowering and equipping normal, everyday people to live in light of the Gospel and make disciples who make disciples.
Together, Soma churches aim for global, gospel saturation, hoping that our lives are so saturated with the good news of Jesus Christ that one day every man, woman, and child in every corner of the world will have a daily encounter with Jesus in word and deed through His people, The Body of Christ.
To learn more about gospel saturation and how we each play an integral part in God's vision for the world, please visit the Saturate website, where you will find countless, valuable resources.
In the Summer of 2014, Pastor Josh and his wife Kelly, along with their kids, were sent out from Christ Community Church of Magnolia to plant an Acts29 church in San Marcos, Texas. In coming to San Marcos, Josh and Kelly were struck by the giant cypress trees that lined the crystal clear river running right through town. The strong roots reminded them of Jeremiah 17:7-8 and it just made sense to name this new church plant Creekside Community Church after the trees that grew along the creekside. They prayed often that Creekside would be a people “whose trust is the LORD” and that we wouldn’t “fear when heat comes,” that we would bear fruit even “in the year of drought.”
God was faithful and quickly gathered a core group that began meeting weekly in the library of DeZavala Elementary. Creekside studied through the books of Acts and Ephesians, growing in our understanding of God’s design for the Church and God’s design for family. In February of 2016, the Sunday Gatherings moved to the cafeteria of DeZavala and Creekside studied through the books of Daniel and 1 Timothy, learning to trust God in hard circumstances and understand Biblical leadership.
Then, in the Spring of 2017, heat indeed came and several people unfortunately left Creekside. Our small church plant had been praying for growth and instead, we shrunk in size and were left hurting and broken. Providentially, we were studying through Hebrews and we were encouraged to fix our gaze on Jesus and live by faith. In the wake of loss and desperation, God guided us to step away from formal gatherings at DeZavala. We chose that summer to meet at a local park on Sunday mornings. We stripped away any “fluff” and came together with our Bibles, a guitar, some picnic blankets, and delicious breakfast tacos. To our amazement, God provided good weather and He even brought new people that summer! It was a beautiful thing to watch how God answered our prayers from 2014. By God’s grace alone, Creekside bore fruit even “in the year of drought.” We shouldn’t have survived that summer. And yet, God sustained us, making us stronger and healthier as His Church!
As Fall approached, we prayed together as a Body and decided to strive for that intimate park experience as much as possible, even while moving back to the DeZavala cafeteria. We made small but meaningful changes, like positioning the chairs differently and designing the sermon to be more discussion-based. As we continued through Hebrews, God was calling us to greater faith and more changes. We moved to Bowie Elementary and chose to call ourselves Soma San Marcos as a way to clearly and simply communicate who we are and what we prioritize as a local Body. In April of 2018, we officially became Soma San Marcos. Same people. Same Church. New name.
With our new name, we publicly join with our Soma family of churches, making disciples through Missional Communities towards the goal of Gospel saturation. The San Marcos River flowing through town reminds us of Jesus's words in John 7:38: "Whoever believes in me, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." As members of Soma San Marcos go out into their jobs, their neighborhoods, their everyday lives, we pray that their hearts overflow with living water and Central Texas is saturated with the good news of Jesus Christ!