“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.
YEAR OF PRAYER
“A praying church is a church that is near to God’s heart.
If we want access to the very heartbeat of God, we need to be a people of prayer.”
— Sarah Short
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NCCIW (Women’s Prison)
Average total attendance: 123
Professions of faith: 227 (June-Nov. 2017)
WCC (Men’s Prison)
Average total attendance: 41
Number of baptisms: 7 (Feb.-Oct. 2017)
Spotlight: Prison Ministry
For years, I had been praying for God to lead me to a group of marginalized people that I could feel a real burden and love for. When my husband became the prison campus pastor at the Summit, I was sure that this was not the people that I had been praying for. I had never been inside a prison and was quite confident that I never wanted to be. In fact, I was terrified at the thought.
At the campus launch of NCCIW, the women’s prison, God began to change my heart.Ina Diana
Domestic churches planted in 2018
Combined average attendance at Summit church plants
Summit members sent with Summit church plants
Total number of domestic church plants
Combined Easter attendance at Summit church plants
Total baptisms at Summit church plants
People connected on Facebook
Summit app launches
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New Summit app downloads
Spotlight: Church Planting
People reached via Facebook
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“We saw him leading others to invest their lives in generosity and give sacrificially. That’s one of the themes of our lives – we want to see God reproduce in others what he has put into us.
Our whole life and how God has drawn us closer to him has been an unbelievable journey of knowing him more and more, being built around steps of faith and depending on him when there’s nothing else to hold onto.”Andrew and Ruth
Audited financials as of Aug. 31
Tithes and offerings: $25,351,667
Mission trip giving: $1,727,193
Program, support, rental, and other income: $4,303,501
Operating expenses: $28,588,070
Mission trip expenses: $1,551,572
Operating cash: $6,031,070
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