Gospel Saturation

JESUS’ VISION FOR THE CHURCH

In Habakkuk 2:14, the prophet speaks of a day when “The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.”

That day will be a saturation moment, when every single person on the earth will have the opportunity to see and experience the true nature of God.

This word “glory” is the word we use for the true weight or true nature of something. So when we talk about the glory of the Lord, we’re talking about the invisible God being made visible. Seeing what He’s truly like.

THIS BEGINS AND ENDS WITH JESUS.

Jesus came as the God-man to make the invisible God visible. In John 14:9 Jesus says, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.” Jesus is the glory of God.

And yet, God’s plan is also to work in and through us. Jesus came to show the glory of God, to die for all of us who fall short of the glory of God, forgive us, and fill us with His Spirit to transform us from one degree of glory to another so that we can be the means by which God now makes His glory known to the world. 

That is why Colossians 1:27 says, “To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

God doesn’t intend to do this through disconnected individuals but through His body, the Church, as Ephesians 1:22-23 says: “And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.”

here’s the vision: jesus is the head of His Church. we, the church, are his body by which he fills all in all. the vision of gospel saturation gets accomplished through Jesus as head of the church filling every place through his body with his presence where we live, work, learn and play.

Jesus’ vision for the Church is that we would live in such a way that everyday people would have the opportunity through His people to meet Jesus, to come to know the true knowledge of the glory of God, which is Jesus.

What if each person believed that this is who we are as God’s Church? What if we believed we were invited and empowered through the Spirit to display the true nature of what God is like in our workplaces, neighborhoods, and schools?

No one church can do this by themselves. The Church must work together as one Church to see this happen. This will take the entire Church believing that God’s intent is that we not do it alone, but that we do it together as one Church in the city, and that we would live into what Jesus prophetically prayed would happen in John 17.

John 17:20-22: “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one.”

IMAGINE if every church in your region, geographic area, or city were to commit themselves to collaborate as one church together for the sake of gospel saturation.

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OUR STORY

Our story didn’t begin with this vision. It started with a small group of people in Tacoma, Washington who had a vision to see our city transformed by the gospel through disciples of Jesus on His mission together to our neighborhoods, work places, schools, and places of recreation. Here’s a picture of what one of those missional communities was like…

OVER THE YEARS WE HAVE TRAINED SEVERAL THOUSAND LEADERS FROM OVER THIRTY COUNTRIES.

People traveled from all over the world to learn more about how to bring similar expressions of Jesus and His church to the places where they live, work, learn, and play.

Soma School was created to provide a full immersion, equipping experience. Over the years we have trained several thousand leaders from over thirty countries in North America, Central, and South America, Eastern and Western Europe, Asia, and Australia. Hundreds of new churches and ministries have been started as a result, including works like Dope Church, Soma Fuchu, and Familia Soma.

Over time, a multi-denominational family of churches was formed called the Soma Family of Churches, and the vision for collaborating together in cities or regions for the sake of gospel saturation began to emerge. We asked the question: What if churches began to live into the vision Jesus prayed for in John 17? What if we were to all work together as one unified Church on mission together toward the goal of gospel saturation?

WHAT IF CHURCHES BEGAN TO LIVE INTO THE VISION JESUS PRAYED FOR IN JOHN 17?

THE BEGINNING OF SATURATE

This vision is what led to the formation of Saturate and the dream of serving and equipping leaders to collaborate in their cities for the sake of gospel saturation. Charleston is one of those cities.

OUR TEAM

We are here to serve and equip you as you make disciples of Jesus.

Jeff Vanderstelt

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & FOUNDER

Jeff serves as the Executive Director of Saturate. He is also the Founder of Soma, a global family of churches committed to seeing every woman, man and child meet Jesus through His body on mission everyday. He regularly works with teams toward gospel saturation in greater Seattle, Charleston, and Tokyo. He also serves as an emotional health coach for Tin Man Ministries. Jeff has authored SaturateGospel Fluency, and Making Space.

He lives in Seattle, WA with his wife Jayne and their three children.

Jessica Pohle

ADMIN & EVENTS

Jessica Pohle lives in Bellevue, WA with her husband. She is passionate about supporting kingdom work from behind the scenes, assisting leaders and churches as they develop everyday disciples.

Sara Parker

PROJECTS & COMMUNICATION

Sara serves alongside the Saturate team by providing project management in the areas of content development and communication. She lives in the Atlanta, GA area with her husband and son and enjoys hiking, connecting over people’s stories, and cooking for people she loves.

Lissa Magnuson

ADMIN & EVENTS

Lissa provides administrative and event support for the Saturate team. She enjoys live sporting events, Oscar (the best dog ever), and planning parties. She lives in Tacoma, WA with her husband, Jon, and has 4 kids and a daughter-in-law. 

David Achata

COACHING

David serves as a leadership development coach in the corporate world. He also brings over 20 years of experience as a pastor and church planter. An author of multiple books on faith and business, he also serves as the Director of Coaching for Saturate. David lives in east Tennessee with his two children and wife, Amy, who works as a therapist.


OUR BOARD

Dr. Paul Dean (Ph.D. Washington State University) is the Executive Director of Soma Churches. Before leading Soma, he was a church planter in the Seattle area. During his time in Washington, he helped train, launch, and support dozens of new churches in the Pacific Northwest and around the world. His passion is to see new works started, existing leaders cared for, and for the Church to take steps towards unity. He has been married to Kathryn for 29 years and has 4 children.

Paul Dean

Shaun Alexander, raised in a single-parent home, emerged as a standout at Boone
County High in Florence, KY, earning All-American honors and ESPN’s #1 high school
player of the year. Graduating from the University of Alabama in 1999 with a Marketing
Degree, he achieved SEC Player of the Year and two-time All-SEC 1st team status,
solidifying his collegiate legacy with a spot on the NCAA All-American Team. Drafted by
the Seattle Seahawks in 2000, he amassed three Pro Bowl selections and two All-Pro
nods. His remarkable NFL career included setting a touchdown record (28), winning the
NFL MVP award, and earning a place on the NFL 2000 All Decade Team. Inducted into
the Seahawks Ring of Honor, Alexander remains one of the NFL’s top scorers of all
time. In July 2018, the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) named the
NCAA Freshman Player of the Year Award as the Shaun Alexander Award. This
honor, belonging to the Maxwell Football Club family, is bestowed annually before the
National Championship Game upon college football’s most outstanding freshman
player. Shaun is the award-winning author of Touchdown Alexander and The Walk. He
now partners with different organizations and travels with his family sharing the
message of Jesus, Fathering, Marriage, Community, Leadership, Manhood, True
Success, and the power of a TEAM. Member of the NFL “Players Coalition”. Used to
influence and support systemic social and civic change in areas of Police & Community
Relations, Criminal Justice Reform, and Education & Economic Advancement in low-
income communities. The Founder and President of the Professional Leadership
Program (PLP). The PLP was created to give wisdom and insight to athletes and
leaders and give tips and tools to learn how to be excellent in all of life.

Shaun and his wife Valerie have been married for 21 years and have had 13 children. They live outside of Washington DC in Virginia.

Shaun Alexander

Robert Thongsavanh is an entrepreneur and businessman, known for his contributions to healthcare and other industries. With over a decade of experience in the world of business, Robert has established himself as a dynamic and visionary leader. Born with an innate entrepreneurial spirit, Robert embarked on his professional journey with a relentless drive to make a meaningful impact. He recognized the potential in the healthcare sector and set out to revolutionize it. Through his unwavering dedication and strategic acumen, Robert successfully built a conglomerate of companies operating in various segments of healthcare, offering innovative solutions and services.

In addition to his professional endeavors, Robert is also deeply committed to ministry and social causes. He was previously a church planter himself and now he actively supports and is on the board of many ministries aimed at improving leadership health, planting churches, and taking the gospel to the nations.

Robert  Thongsavanh

Jeff serves as the Executive Director of Saturate. He is also the Founder of Soma, a global family of churches committed to seeing every woman, man and child meet Jesus through His body on mission everyday. He regularly works with teams toward gospel saturation in greater Seattle, Charleston, and Tokyo. He also serves as an emotional health coach for Tin Man Ministries. Jeff has authored SaturateGospel Fluency, and Making Space.

He lives in Seattle, WA with his wife Jayne and their three children.

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