“Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.” (Deuteronomy 7:9 ESV)

Throughout the Old Testament, God constantly reminds his people to remember what he has done in the past. Do you think that’s because God loves reminiscing about the “good old days?” Neither do I. His re- minder to remember his grace in the past is an encouragement to trust him for what he plans in the future. Past grace points toward future grace. This annual report is a glance at our past that serves several purposes.

First, there is an element of celebration. God has been abundantly faithful. Just look at all that he has done in our midst! Throughout last year, we launched the Apex campus (with more than 2,000 people in week 1!), we saw 50 new small groups, we baptized more than 500 new believers, and we planted 38 new churches!

Second, this annual report provides a measure of accountability from your leadership and fellow church members. The mission of the Summit isn’t carried forward by a handful of people with the anointing of God. It’s carried forward by every person who is pursuing the leadership of the Spirit.

Third, this is a challenge for us to remain faithful. One of my prayers for The Summit Church has been that as God makes us bigger, we would never lose the spirit and focus we had at our beginning—that our pri- mary mission is bringing other people to Jesus. We may meet in 11 locations all across the Triangle, but we are one church with one mission: reaching people with the gospel. What will God do now if we keep making ourselves available to him? Our God is not just a God of the past. He’s a God of the present and of the future. I firmly believe that the best is yet to come.


Pastor J.D.

Following the Holy Spirit, we exist to create a movement of disciple-making disciples, in RDU and around the world.

657

Total baptisms

10,527

Average total weekend attendance

7,498

First time guests

2,300

Family ministries average weekend attendance

Campus Launches

Garner Campus

January 2019

Average weekly attendance: 419

Capital Hills Campus

October 2019

Average weekly attendance: 1,679

Spotlight: Who’s Your One?

As we seek to create a movement of disciple-making disciples, we asked every member of the Summit to commit to praying for and sharing the gospel with at least one person in 2019, their One.

“Jesus calls us to love one another, so why would we not tell our neighbors, our brothers and sisters, about the great work God does in [our lives] so they can have that same experience?”

— Kayla

4

Domestic churches planted in 2019

14,459

Combined average attendance at Summit church plants

26

Summit members sent in 2019 with Summit church plants

53

Total number of domestic church plants

19,436

Combined Easter attendance at Summit church plants

649

Total baptisms at Summit church plants in 2019

17,000

People connected on Facebook

514,459

Website visitors

355,190

Summit app launches

2,379,531

People reached via Facebook

358,027

Sermon views

10,823

New Summit app downloads

Spotlight: First

In 2019 as part of our First initiative, we saw you, The Summit Church, take sacrificial steps to place God first in your time, your talent, and your treasure.

“When you give your first and your best, it puts you into that immediate posture of surrender. It’s not about me anymore.”

— Sarah

14,000

Romans journals distributed for our year-long study

2,258

Number of people who completed the Who’s Your One? evangelism training

981

Professions of faith through the Who’s Your One? initiative

3,970

People engaged in small groups

Spotlight: ServeRDU

In 2019, 2,900 people served their communities across the Triangle during ServeRDU Week.

ServeRDU is more than one week of service; it’s a year-round ministry that represents all of the Summit’s efforts to pray, serve, and connect with our city.

Lou Brogden, a long-time Summit member, helps children in an under-resourced community every Saturday by providing them breakfast, games, and Bible lessons.

“These kids are worth it.”


— Lou

Finances

Audited financials as of Aug. 31

Tithes and offerings: $31,456,747

Mission trip giving: $1,545,855

Program, support, rental, and other income: $3,621,767

Operating expenses: $28,133,585

Mission trip expenses: $1,659,307

Operating cash: $6,986,072

The Summit Church is certified by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.

ECFA enhances trust in Christ-centered churches and ministries by establishing and applying Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship™ to accredited organizations. ECFA provides accreditation to leading Christian non-profit organizations that faithfully demonstrate compliance with established standards for financial accountability, transparency, fundraising, and board governance.

THE SUMMIT CHURCH

A movement of disciple-making disciples.