The Summit Church
A little over 6 years ago we began to wonder: What if, instead of inviting our community to come join us for Christmas at The Summit Church, we took the Summit to our community? No one is exactly sure who first floated the idea, but at some point, someone mentioned the Durham Performing Arts Center. The notion was as audacious as it was frightening. And yet, by taking Christmas to DPAC, we would be saying, “We want to be a church for our community, in our community.” So we gave it a whirl.
Not every book here is created equal. Some are classics worth savoring (and re-reading); others, while imbalanced, have something timely to say. We’ve read a bunch of these titles already. We’ve put many others in our queue for 2018. And we’d encourage you to do the same. Pick up a few of these and you might just end up finding the best book you’ll read in 2018.
Everything we do as a church speaks. The question isn't if we're sending a message with our guest services, but what message we're sending. Your guest services write the introduction to the sermon. So what kind of introduction are you giving?
A few weeks ago, Pastor J.D. posted a helpful article: “What Every Pastor Wishes His Worship Leader Knew.” One of the blessings of being on staff at The Summit Church is that our pastor invited the companion article. I offer the following list (without fear of having to polish the ol’ résumé) in the hope that pastors and worship leaders can cultivate healthy relationships—all for the sake of loving and leading the local church.
In 2012 our church sent a launch team of 40 people to Greensboro, North Carolina, and by their second anniversary, the church that started by meeting outside at a local park had 1,000 people at weekend services. They went multisite on their fourth birthday and are now celebrating 500 baptisms in five years and more than 2,000 in average attendance.
For every relational problem we have—whether division, or insecurity, or fear—the answer is to go back to your identity in Christ. As we often say, the gospel is not just how you begin the Christian life; it's how you grow in the Christian life. It's not just the diving board; it's the whole pool.