Church Doesn’t Look Just Like Me Anymore

I have been around the Summit longer than most people. But then again, I’ve been around places longer than most people. You could say that I’m chronologically mature. So not only do I remember what it was like when the Summit was “Homestead Heights”; I also remember what Homestead Heights was before Pastor J.D. showed up. Some people may find this surprising, but I think Homestead Heights was destined to become a church that valued diversity. Sam James, our church’s founding pastor, was a leader in trying to bridge the white-black divide in Durham churches, way back in the 1960s. I’ve...

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Lloyd Mann: Serving the Nations Among Us

En Español Last fall, Summit en Español honored one of its most influential and godly leaders, Lloyd Mann, as he retired from service as an elder. Lloyd and his wife Wilma helped establish the campus after retiring from their role as regional consultants for Missions Mobilization in Central America and the Caribbean. After college, Lloyd was part of the International Mission Board’s inaugural Journeyman program, a two-year, overseas missions experience. He learned Spanish in high school and college and always had a desire to share the gospel in Latin America. As a Journeyman, he served in Costa Rica, where he met Wilma....

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International Church Planting: Celebrating What God Did in 2016

The Summit is continually training and sending out our best to serve in places of great need around the world and in partnership with our long-term workers and church planters on the field. In 2016, we saw God do an amazing work and wanted to share with you just how many people we sent last year. Long-term (serving for two years or more overseas): 42 individuals sent overseas 32 new church plants overseas 7,080 gospel presentations by Summit members overseas 653 people came to Christ overseas through the ministry of Summit members. 356 people were baptized overseas through the ministry of Summit members. 193 international church plants as...

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1,000 Churches in Our Generation

“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us ...” (Ephesians 3:20 ESV) Fifteen years ago, Pastor J.D. used this verse to challenge the members of the Summit to expect great things from God and attempt great things for God—things far above anything we could ask or think. Since 2002, we have seen God answer those prayers, over and over and over again. As I reflect on what God has led the Summit to do in missions over the last fifteen years, it makes...

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Sending: the Summit’s Heartbeat

I first came to The Summit Church in February 2002, during my second year at UNC-Chapel Hill. There were about five college students at the church then, including my roommate, my girlfriend, and me. Even during those very first days, as Homestead Heights Baptist Church had just become The Summit Church, I remember thinking that this group of people genuinely seemed glad for us to be there. When we came back for a second week (this time with several carloads full of students), Pastor J.D. announced an official “college lunch” that I’m pretty sure was on the fly. He extended...

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Five Defining Moments for The Summit Church

by J.D. Greear This January marks 15 years since we relaunched Homestead Heights Baptist Church as The Summit Church. I’ve been here for all 15 of those wonderful, exciting, and often hair-raising years, and I have never ceased to be amazed at what God has chosen to do here. Reading over the stories in this magazine has reminded me, yet again, how grateful I am to be at a place where the Spirit of God is the primary mover. And when I reflect on the fact that his past graces to us are evidence of his intention to pour out future...

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