About First

That He Might Come to Have First Place in Everything.

First is a two-year journey in which we are approaching God with one question:
Is Jesus first in our lives—in our time, our talent, and our treasure?

To grow as disciples, we’ll spend a season focused on each area:

Time | Ephesians 5:15–16 (Spring)

As disciples, we steward our time to prioritize Jesus and his mission with our schedules as we use our God-given talent and treasure.

Talent | Colossians 3:23–24 (Summer)

As disciples, we identify our God-given gifts and abilities and use them for his glory in our homes, our neighborhoods, our workplaces, and the nations.

Treasure | Matthew 6:21 (Fall and Winter)

As disciples, we seek to be generous with all God has given to us out of the overflow of his love, especially with our finances.

Primary Goal: 100 Percent Engagement

We believe God has called all of his disciples to put him first in their time, their talent, and their treasure.


Secondary Goal: $75 Million

We believe it will take $75 million over two years to accomplish all that the Lord has called us to do in this season as we create a movement of disciple-making disciples in RDU and around the world.



December 2018–September 2019

In the first 10 months, we saw you, The Summit Church, take sacrificial steps to place God first in your time, your talent, and your treasure. We want to pause and celebrate ways God has used your obedience to create a movement of disciple-making disciples in RDU and around the world.

Primary Goal - 100 Percent Engagement

  • 2,343 First Time Givers
  • 2,980 Recurring Givers
  • 9,425 Total Givers

Secondary Goal - $75 Million

  • $28,040,265 as of Sept. 30, 2019
  • 37 percent of the way there after only 10 months!

We do whatever it takes to reach all people.

  • Launched Garner Campus
  • Purchased Land for Alamance Campus
  • Launched Capital Hills Campus
  • 758 Professions of Faith

We make disciples, not just converts.

  • 5,588 people in 389 Summit Small Groups
  • 2,248 completed the Who’s Your One? Evangelism Training
  • Launched Capital Hills Campus
  • 2,312 Volunteers Serving on the Weekend
  • Over 2,900 Participants in ServeRDU Week (representing over 10,000 hours of service)

We send every member.

  • 736 People Sent on Short-term Trips This Year
  • 43 Missionaries Sent Internationally Long-term This Year
  • 620 People Sent With North American Church Plants
  • Over 18,000 People Worshipped in a Summit Network Plant at Easter

November 2019–December 2020

We have asked God where he wants to move in RDU and around the world, and we believe he has identified the following areas:

  • 17.3 percent of our ministry budget will go directly to missions and church planting around the Triangle, North America, and the world!
  • Build a new permanent facility for North Durham Campus.
  • Investigate the possibility of launching a campus in Holly Springs area.
  • Consider and respond to opportunities for new campuses and more permanent facilities across the Triangle.
  • Send more than 50 people to plant four more churches in North America, including Nashville and our fifth plant in an ACC town, in Pittsburgh.
  • Go2: We want to see college students give their first two years after graduation to go serve a church planting effort
  • One thousand professions of faith!