City Project

A two-month, intensive discipleship and missional experience where students serve locally, nationally, and internationally

City Project

A two-month, intensive discipleship and missional experience where students serve locally, nationally, and internationally.

City Project is a two-month, intensive discipleship and missional experience where students serve locally, nationally, and internationally. City Project includes one week in New York City, five weeks in Durham, and two weeks overseas. Students learn how to apply the gospel to every aspect of their lives and make disciples who make disciples. These eight weeks immerse students in the local church and global cities and teach them how to practically love God, love each other, and love our world.

Students travel to New York City for one week to engage Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, and Buddhists with the gospel.

The middle of the summer includes several weeks in Wake Forest, North Carolina, receiving practical theological and ministry training by pastors at the Summit. During this time, students will learn to effectively share the gospel and give their lives away in RDU in response to the gospel.

During the last two weeks of the summer, students will travel abroad to serve alongside Summit church planters. This is an excellent opportunity to explore the mission of God, develop a heart for the nations, and better understand what it means to leverage their lives for the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Apply for City Project 2021

When: May 20-July 15, 2021
Cost: $5,150
Where: During City Project, students will spend one week serving in New York City, several weeks training, learning, and serving in Durham, and two weeks in Europe, the Middle East, South Asia, Africa, Central Asia, or Southeast Asia.

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Applications will be accepted through Feb. 1, 2021 (space is limited). Once applications are received, a member of the Summit College staff will contact each student to set up an interview. Students will then receive notification about whether or not they are accepted into the program and will then be invited to the kickoff weekend in mid-February.

"City Project was easily one of the most formative seasons of my life. It prepared me to speak unashamedly about my faith at work and routinely pray with my patients. It also cultivated a lasting pattern of truly desiring spiritual food from the Word on a daily basis. I would challenge anyone desiring to go to med school to give a summer to City Project!”

Lukas Keil, UNC Orthopaedic Surgeon

“Making disciples in the business world is tough. But City Project gave me 1.) a stronger belief and faith in the power of Jesus to save and 2.) healthy habits of prayer and being in God’s Word that keep me grounded and motivated to pursue my lost coworkers. To the business school students: Don’t let anyone convince you that doing City Project will set you back in your career. Spending this summer developing as a believer is infinitely more important and strategic than setting up your next summer internship.”

John Mclendon, JP Morgan Investment Banker

City Project FAQs

The quick and short answer is that we don’t. No one can really be certain that we will be able to travel around the world in the Summer of 2021. But we do have a team of experienced physicians, travel agents, and pastors helping us make wise and safe decisions about our summer projects. In order to plan a trip of this magnitude (140+ people traveling to over 13 international locations, NYC, and some other domestic cities) we have to plan almost 10 months in advance. At the moment of us making these plans, we are hopeful that a reliable medical treatment of COVID-19 will be developed, and that world travel will open back up.

Last summer, we had 123 students signed up to complete City Project and were halfway through the support raising process when COVID-19 altered all of our summer plans. We were able to quickly alter and adjust our plans to include no international travel, lowered the total cost needed to complete the project, and move forward with Plan B. A few weeks later, the entire project was cancelled and all donors were allowed to request a refund. Going into the Summer of 2021, we already have a plan B and C if COVID-19 disrupts our travel plans again. But at this time (10 months out from our international trips), we have to make a plan that includes international travel, otherwise we are choosing to not go international because of COVID, but because we didn’t plan for it.

I think we all can agree that COVID-19 will probably alter the way we all live, travel, and share public space moving forward. We will follow all CDC guidelines for the entirety of the project and will do all we can to ensure that ALL students’ safety is a high priority.

Again, it is not that we “know” that we can do City Project. Similar to our international trips, we have to plan for a project of this magnitude in advance (currently we are 8 months out from City Project Orientation Week). So while we are not 100% certain that City Project will happen the way we foresee it happening now, we must move forward with Plan A, all while having Plan B and C in our back pocket as we move closer and closer to the kickoff of the project.

The primary way is through communicating to those who want to invest in your development as a disciple of Jesus. Through letter or email, combined with a personal visit or phone call, convey the unique opportunity you have in the City Project. This is more than a mission trip. It is a holistic development of right thinking about God, a vision for the church, and a love for the people of the world. You should start having these conversations as soon as you turn in your application. You don’t have to ask for money yet, but especially to those you know well, begin talking about the City Project and share your excitement with them. After your official acceptance into the City Project, we will train you how to raise support and you will be given sample letters and other resources to use.

Most funds go toward your plane ticket and in country costs for the International trip. Other costs include books, your living expenses, paying teachers, and the NYC trip.

We have clear support raising deadlines in place that have been communicated to your student. While we will work with your student as much as possible as they seek to meet these deadlines, if the international deadline is not met by the specified date, then they will not be able to travel internationally for that portion of the summer and it will be evaluated whether or not they can still participate in the rest of the summer, provided that they raise the funds to cover all expenses. We truly believe that God has called your student to this project and that he will be faithful to provide the funds as your student works hard and is faithful to follow the support raising process we have in place.