About First

That He Might Come to Have First Place in Everything.

First is a two-year journey (Dec. 1, 2018 - Dec. 31, 2020) in which we are approaching God with one question: “What would it look like to really follow the Holy Spirit by putting Jesus first in our lives?”

Primary Goal: 100% Participation

Our primary goal is that 100% of our people would put God first in how they steward their time, talent and treasure for the mission of God.


Eph 5:15-16: “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.”


Col 3:23-24: “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”


Prov 3:9: “Honor the Lord with your wealth, and with the firstfruits of all your produce”

Secondary Goal: $75 Million

Make disciples and reach our city and the world

Commit $75 million in generous giving to do whatever it takes to reach people, make disciples, not just converts, and to send every member.

Goal over Two Years: $42.8 Million

The Summit is responsible for the discipleship of approximately 11,000 people. In the last year, 608 people were baptized and 1,314 have gone through the membership process.  

This investment over the next two years represents the ongoing strengthening of our “general budget” — which is anything but “general” by the way! It is the life-blood, the central hub, and truly the core of what The Summit Church is about.

By providing funding to the following four areas, our goal is for very member to become a disciple-making disciple.

  • Adult Discipleship: Small groups and ministries for all life stages
  • Family Ministries: Discipleship and ministry for our children, middle school, high school, and college students
  • Weekend Experience: Delivery of the weekly message, worship at every campus, and communication within the church
  • Supportive Ministries: Finance, facility, security, technology, and human resources support needed to catalyze ministry and discipleship at all Summit campuses

Goal over Two Years: $23.2 million

There are so many more people all around us to reach. We want to keep expanding our capacity to reach all of the communities that claim Raleigh-Durham as their “city.”

Resources for Expansion

If we take this step of faith, we will be in a position to:
  • Build a new 1,800-seat campus and broadcast facility in North Raleigh.
  • Launch a new campus in Garner/SE Raleigh.
  • Build a new 400-600-seat facility in North Durham.
  • Consider and respond to opportunities for new campuses and more permanent facilities across the Triangle.

Goal over Two Years: $9 million

Resources for Mission

The local church is God’s Plan A for bringing the gospel to the ends of the earth. With a goal to plant 1,000 churches in our generation, 17.3 percent of our ministry budget will go directly to gospel work and church planting around the Triangle, North America, and the world. Just a few of our goals for the next two years include:

  • Send 75 members to live overseas to plant at least 50 new churches.
  • In next 12 years our goal is planting 12 collegiate committed church plants in ACC schools.
  • During the next two years we want to send send out a total of 150 people to 12 new North American church plants including:
    • Send 2,000 members on a short term trip.
    • Connect 1,000 new people to ServeRDU local outreach teams.
    • Mentor 2,000 disconnected youth.

Next Steps

We are asking you to go on a spiritual journey with God and your family and to take the biggest step of generosity you’ve ever taken as we move together to accomplish God’s task for us through First.

There are four specific steps that we ask you to take:

Pray fervently. That we would go first in surrendering all that we have to God and that he would be preeminent in all areas of our life as we lead our church in this next season. As we put God first, pray that our efforts to reach people and make disciple making disciples would be fruitful. Pray that he would do abundantly more than we ask or imagine for his great name.

Commit fully. Help us reach our goal of 100% participation in this life-changing experience. Stand side by side with your church family. Commit to do whatever God asks before he asks. Put your “Yes!” on the table.

Cheer loudly. Own the First vision and become a cheerleader for it within your spheres of influence. Share with your small group how you are putting Jesus first in your life.

Give generously. Ask God to show you what a sacrificial gift looks like during this season, and take whatever bold steps are required to see it through. For many of you that’s through striving to fulfill your First Faith Commitment.