“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.
Following the Holy Spirit, we exist to create a movement of disciple-making disciples, in RDU and around the world.
Average weekly attendance: 419
Capital Hills Campus
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
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
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.”
Audited financials as of Aug. 31
Mission trip giving: $1,545,855
Program, support, rental, and other income: $3,621,767
Mission trip expenses: $1,659,307
Operating cash: $6,986,072
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