Since the beginning of our church, the Summit’s mission has always been about people. We know that we, the local church, are God’s “Plan A” to reach our neighbors, our community, and our world. It’s not because we’re something special. It’s because we serve a God who delights in using broken vessels to do miraculous things. Our God is the only one who multiplies what we offer to him, beyond what we could ever have done — or even imagined — without him.
Over the past year, we have seen God move in incredible ways. The statistics and stories in this annual report never get old to me, because they represent what God is doing in the hearts of people. God is changing lives, and that’s cause for celebration! As the hymn says, God’s grace truly is amazing. I want us to share in that amazement together. Our God is not just a God of the distant past. He’s a God of the present, and over the past year we’ve watched him transform lives across the Triangle and the world.
This annual report also serves as a challenge for us to stay faithful. For the past 14 years, we’ve operated on two basic principles as a church: (1) Do whatever it takes to reach people, and (2) follow the lead of the Holy Spirit. Everything we’ve done has been in pursuit of those two principles. The more I look back, the more I realize that God may just be getting started. What’s next for us? What will God do now if we continue to put our “yes” on the table? Perhaps the real miracles are yet to come.
Take time over the following days and weeks to read through this magazine. Celebrate with us as we reflect on what God has done through The Summit Church. Pray with us that God would continue to pour out grace upon grace. And together, let’s look forward to the future with expectant hope as we love God, love each other, and love our world.