Serving Leaders And Communities


Brad Watson serves as a pastor at Soma Culver City in Los Angeles, California. He lives in the westside of Los Angeles with his wife and their three children.

Brad helps people form gospel-centered communities that love God and serve their city. He has the privilege of coaching church leaders on how to form gospel communities on mission.

Brad is the author of the Together missional community series: Called Together, Sent Together, and Multiply Together (GCD Books) and Raised? Finding Jesus by Doubting the Resurrection (Zondervan). Brad is the director of resources for Saturate, a non-profit committed to equipping and resourcing the church for the sake of gospel flourishing in our cities. He serves on the board of Gospel Centered Discipleship and GCD Books

Brad writes because he enjoys communicating his ideas and loves the craft. His writing helps followers of Jesus live in community on mission. Brad loves connecting the gospel with its implications for our daily lives. He writes about community, character, coaching, and leadership.

If you follow Jesus you may never see revival, but you are guaranteed one thing: Jesus.


But How Do We Love Our Neighbors?

But How Do We Love Our Neighbors?

“Mission is not ours; mission is God’s. Certainly, the mission of God is the prior reality out of which flows any mission that we get involved in. Or, as has been nicely put, it is not so much the case that God has a mission for his church in the world but that God has […]

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All Things New, Even Us

This good news contains both the power for change and the purpose of life. Its power comes from the dynamic of faith (or trust)—the way in which receiving the free love of God in trusting Jesus simultaneously empties our hands from our own destructive attempts to make ourselves right, and fills them with an unassailable identity as God’s beloved children

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The Good News About Sin, Death, and Evil

The gospel is the good news that Jesus defeated sin, death, and evil. Sin is the truth that is so difficult to deny and so easy to prove: all humans fail to be human.

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Are You Qualified to Lead A Missional Community?

Are You Qualified to Lead A Missional Community?

In our years of starting, multiplying, and leading gospel communities in Portland and Los Angeles, we have seen this list as the prerequisite for being a good missional community leader. People who possess these qualities lead their own lives and communities well.

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Tips For Your Community Gathering

Once a week, you have the opportunity to gather your community and be together. While I’ve written on the purpose and beauty of these meetings, I regular encounter areas where leaders benefit from these three tips in coaching conversations. How can you implement one of these things this week?

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Missional Community Pilgrimage

“The way of Jesus cannot be imposed or mapped — it requires an active participation in following Jesus as he leads us through sometimes strange and unfamiliar territory, in circumstances that become clear only in the hesitations and questionings, in the pauses and reflections where we engage in prayerful conversation with one another and with […]

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You can force people into mission with guilt & peer pressure. People only stay on mission when motivated by God's love.


Brad spends his life investing in and encouraging leaders whether they are starting missional communities, churches, businesses, or non-profits.  He helps people take simple steps of forward movement toward their goals. Brad’s coaching style is to listen to leaders and help them process decision, strategies, and opportunities.

Brad comes to coaching relationships with eight years of church leadership experience, including over five years as a member of a church planting team. He has masters degree in Theology and Biblical studies.

Brad also earned a degree in international business and has management experience and training within Fortune 500 companies. He has received over 100 hours of International Coaching Federation certified coaching training and has logged over 500 hours of coaching missional community leaders, pastors, entrepreneurs, and leadership teams. 

Brad loves coaching leaders of churches who are engaging in gospel communities on mission.

"What Brad and the crew at Bread and Wine are doing in Portland is groundbreaking. They are re-teaching us how to be the church in the city..." John Mark Comer, Pastor of A Jesus Church.



The  Missional Community Series

Called Together: A Guide to Forming Missional Communities
This eight week curriculum helps a community walk through the foundations and implications of the gospel, community, and mission.

Sent Together: How the Gospel Sends Leaders to Start Missional Communities
This book offers leaders an introduction to why we start missional communities, what they are, and how to lead them.

Multiply Together: A Guide to Sending and Coaching Missional Communities
This book is for the pastors, equippers, and coaches of missional communities covering the process of multiplication and coaching missional community leaders.

Raised? Finding Jesus by Doubting the Resurrection

raised (1) Did Jesus really beat death? That’s what Christians for hundreds of years have believed, that Jesus Christ returned to life after death and burial in a stone tomb. To the modern mind, “resurrection” is utterly implausible, but it was also doubtful to many first-century Greeks, Jews, and even some Christians. With such an incredible assertion at the heart of the Christian faith, it’s no wonder that some people struggle to believe.

Too often Christians look down on doubt, but in Christ, we see a person who welcomes doubt and encourages faith. Jonathan Dodson and Brad Watson don’t shy away from the hard questions or settle for easy answers. They help you to see how the resurrection offers hope for the future and answers for the life and death questions we all face.

Available as an e-book and paperback. Published by Zondervan, 2014.

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