“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.

Giving During COVID-19

Because of your generosity, during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Summit Church has:

  • Given $300,000 through ServeRDU to families in need.
  • Financially assisted over 150 families.
  • Given $200,000 in financial assistance to people in our community.
  • Given $75,000 to help with food resources in our community.
  • Given $50,000 to help struggling domestic church plants.

133

Total Baptisms

12,177

Average Total In-person Weekend Attendance (January–February)*

24,367

Average Total People Viewing Summit Online**

1,482

First Time Guests

1,896

Average Total In-person Weekend Attendance (October–December)*

19,116

Total Christmas With the Summit Attendance (In-person and Online)***

*Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person attendance fluctuated greatly in 2020.

**This number is an estimation based on the total number of views.

***This number is an estimation based on actual in-person attendance and the total number of views.

Spotlight: Ken and JoAnn’s Generosity Story

“We don’t give to win God’s favor, we’re generous because God has been generous to us. What more generous act can you even think of other than the gospel?

God has provided food, clothing, and shelter, but more importantly he has given us contentment and peace with how he has provided for us.”

— Ken and JoAnn

8,000

Copies of Groundworks Distributed

20

Summit College Students Came to Faith (Fall 2020)

395

Total Small Groups

1,701

Women Engaged in Bible Studies and Equip Groups

419

New Members

400

Summit College Students Participated in Summer Equip

5,300

People Engaged in Small Groups

Spotlight: Summit Home Gatherings

In a season of great uncertainty, members of the Summit invited others into their homes for weekly meetings of worship, teaching and fellowship.

Despite not being able to gather at our campuses for several months, God worked in and through home gatherings in 2020.

5

Church Planters in Residency

62

Domestic Churches Planted in 2020

65

International Churches Planted in 2020

60

People Baptized at Summit Church Plants in 2020

11

Units Preparing to Deploy Internationally in 2021

447

Total Domestic Church Plants

385

Total International Church Plants

261

People Came to Faith at Summit Church Plants in 2020

Spotlight: International Church Planting

Emily and Reid never thought a global pandemic would be their ticket to serving with a church plant overseas. But when the world turned upside down in spring 2020, and Emily began working remotely, God was bringing something beautiful out of something tragic.

17,000

People connected on Facebook

535,523

Website Visitors

306,014

Summit App Launches

2,379,531

People reached via Facebook

358,027

Sermon views

9,549

New Summit App Downloads

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

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

Finances

Audited financials as of Aug. 31

Tithes and offerings: $33,878,765

Mission Trip Giving: $459,220

Program, Support, Rental, and Other Income: $1,568,031

Operating Expenses: $27,947,006

Mission Trip Expenses: $491,028

Operating Cash: $16,857,433

During a year full of risk and uncertainty, through the faithful stewardship and generosity of our members, we were able to achieve our financial targets and maintain our sound financial health. The Summit Church ended the fiscal year in line with our revenue targets. (Our tithes and offerings were $33.9M compared to a budget of $33.7M.) The shift from gathering in person to gathering online resulted in some expense reduction in certain areas, ultimately resulting in expenses coming in under budget. (Ministry programming expenses were $22M compared to a budget of $25M.) We met our growth and expansion fund goal (11.7M actual vs. $8.7M budget) which allowed investment in our digital/online strategy as well as the planned construction of our North Durham permanent campus. Our balance sheet remained strong with cash of $16.9M, long-term debt of $29M, and total assets of $74.3M.

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.