The Summit Church
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."
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...