Women’s Discipleship

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About Women’s Discipleship

Creating a culture of leadership and disciple-making among the women here at The Summit Church is no small task. Therefore, this task does not belong to one person alone. Each campus has a Women’s Discipleship Coordinator who is responsible for leading teams of women that facilitate opportunities for discipleship at that specific campus.

Mission & Vision

Women’s discipleship at the Summit provides women with both formal and informal opportunities to learn how to read, study, teach, and apply the truths of Scripture in their everyday lives. This happens through both churchwide and campus-based opportunities.

Churchwide opportunities allow Summit women from our various campuses to come together for events like panel discussions, seminars, worship nights, and our biennial Women’s Conference.

Campus-based opportunities include our Bible Studies, Equip Groups, courses through the Summit Institute, and Women’s Gatherings. We want to champion the women at The Summit Church to thrive as followers of Jesus and to equip them for God’s mission. We believe God gives to women every spiritual gift and makes them equal partners in the progress of the mission of God into the world.

Get Connected

Women's Bible Studies are offered alongside our Equip Groups each semester and designed to engage women in the regular study and discussion of God's Word. Teachers and facilitators will lead a table of women through key components including building Bible study habits through homework and discussion, praying together, and encouraging personal application and next steps in disciple-making. Studies will typically last nine to 12 weeks.

Women’s Equip Groups are part of a program designed to accelerate your personal study of the Bible and spiritual disciplines, catalyzing women as disciple-making disciples. Disciplers will lead a group of two to three women through key components including learning Bible study methods, studying the Bible together, praying and memorizing Scripture, and mobilizing women to take what they are learning and apply it in their everyday lives.

The Gathering is a campus-based event for women to connect with the women and opportunities at their campus. This event often includes a time of worship and teaching.

Summit Institute exists to equip disciples, develop leaders, and engage culture.

Upcoming Events and Resources

Women in Ministry Resources

This weekend, we had the honor of hosting writer and Bible teacher Jen Wilkin. Click below for some resources related to women in ministry.

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April Coffee and Connections - April 12th

Brier Creek Coffee & Connections is for any and all women who would like to meet and connect with other women at our campus in a smaller, more intimate environment, as well as discover some ways they can engage in the mission of God through opportunities at Summit.


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Staff & Leadership

Meet Our Leaders

Each campus has a Women’s Discipleship Coordinator who is responsible for leading teams of women that facilitate opportunities for discipleship at that specific campus.

Lesley Hildreth

Women’s Discipleship Director

Trisha Ruckart

Alamance County Campus

Dru Hale

Apex Campus

Amanda Henry

Blue Ridge Campus

Cherie Scholes

Brier Creek Campus

Gail Werstlein

Chapel Hill Campus

Jean Cormier

Downtown Durham Campus

Ashley Reffit

Garner Campus

Ashley Muller

North Raleigh Campus

Martha Salinas

Summit en Español Campus


View the books, devotionals, articles, and Bible studies recommended by our team. While not exhaustive, this list includes resources that have influenced the “how” and “why” for women’s discipleship at The Summit Church.

Resource List Video Resources

Ruth | Yana Conner


Equip | Emily Watkins


Lead | Bowe Butler


Send | Lori Frances