The Summit Church
This weekend we had the bittersweet joy of commissioning another 75 Summit members, who are planting another four domestic church plants. In the past 5 years, we’ve sent out 400 people to plant new churches in North America. Praise God! I call this “bittersweet,” because we always feel a little torn as we send out our people. We’re sending out some of our most effective evangelists, key volunteers, and close friends. They’ll all be missed.
For those of you who call the Summit home and were able to attend service this weekend, you probably already heard some of the amazing stories coming out of Easter. Summit, you prayed boldly, you invited broadly, and as a result, thousands of people heard the gospel. Let’s never lose that evangelistic edge. Big events wear off; life change doesn’t.
Remember the old television show, The Invisible Man? When someone wanted to make the Invisible Man visible, they would pour paint on him. That’s a picture of Jesus and the local church: we’re the paint that makes the invisible Christ visible to our community. When local churches equip their people to embody the gospel in the streets, they make the movements of an otherwise invisible Christ visible to the community.
All throughout Scripture, God appeals to his people to remember. Why? Because when we remember God’s miracles to us in the past, it shows us...
If you remember, during our Christmas services at DPAC we collected a special offering for one of our partner organizations. We chose to give the offering to World Relief, a faith-based non-profit that resources our church to care for refugee families resettling in the Triangle and works around the world caring for families at risk. You responded in a huge way: in the largest DPAC offering we've ever head, you gave more than $50,000 to support World Relief!
For several years now, The Summit Church has been intentionally trying to grow in our multi-ethnic diversity. We continue to strive to be people who not only host multi-cultural events, but (as Pastor Chris Green says) who live multi-cultural lives. The more we strive to demonstrate kingdom diversity to our surrounding community, the more I come to appreciate moments like Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, when we can re-focus ourselves on the task.