The Summit Church
The Gospel of Luke records one of the most theologically bizarre stories in the entire Bible. As Jesus is walking through a crowd, a woman who needs healing comes up behind him and stealthily touches the hem of his garment. Instantly she’s healed. But Jesus doesn’t seem to know the details. He even asks his disciples who touched him, because, as he puts it, “I perceive that power has gone out from me” (Luke 8:46).
Plumb lines are a series of short, pithy statements that we, at the Summit, use as rallying points—both for our staff and for the entire church. They are a way to encapsulate our theology and philosophy in short, memorable phrases. These sixteen statements form the core of our DNA as a church.
When God called me to be a pastor, he did so by first calling me to the mission field. I spent the first two years of my ministry as a church planter among Muslims overseas. God never relinquished that call to missions; he showed me that my role in it is to be a part of a church that sends and supplies the mission field in extravagant ways.
One of the big prayers we have at the Summit is that God would raise up our students to help fulfill the Great Commission. We consistently challenge our college students to give one summer and the first two years after graduation to actively engage in the mission of God. This summer, we've seen the floodgates open, as over 100 college students stepped up to give their summer to mission.
We were honored (and more than a little surprised) to be used as a case study during the Exponential East conference earlier this year, in Orlando. The theme of the conference focused on the question, “How do we put to death our human passion for addition-growth, opting instead for a more healthy Kingdom growth focused on multiplication?”
I pray that we at the Summit will never forget that people are the mission. People like Lorraine, who for the first time in her life, knows grace and love: "I died and was reborn, just like Jesus did. So I can't be that person in the pit anymore. I'm not that person anymore."