The first church in Acts devoted themselves to one another in the gospel and in fellowship. They ate together, prayed together, studied the Word together, and gave generously to meet the needs of one another. As a result, many people in the surrounding community came to faith in Christ. At The Summit Church, our campuses are striving to make the same impact by devoting themselves to one another and allowing that love to flow out to the community around them.
When you arrive for the first time, you will notice signs that ask you to turn on your hazard lights. From there, our parking team will escort you to the closest available parking spot. The Summit has a “come as you are” casual atmosphere. We have no expectations for attire.
All campuses offer special activities for kids and students. Times and locations vary by campus for middle and high school, so check their pages of this site for more information on regular programming. All children ages 4th grade and younger check-in with a secure sticker system; the check-in process is quick and easy, and you’re given a secure code where only you can pick them up.
When you come for the first time, don’t forget to stop by the First Time Guest tent to introduce yourself. We’d love to meet you and your family, and answer any questions you may have.
Associate Campus Pastor
Local Outreach and First Impressions Director
Ron Meece, Ben Furnas, Ron Lang, Charles Ellis, Andy Crutchfield, Chris Garrison, Conway Harris, Gordon Keeler, Evan Sitton, Pat Ellis, Bobby Farr, Will Giles
The local outreach ministry at The Summit Church exists to send disciples to make disciples among the hurting and marginalized in our community. Serve365 is the mobilization campaign that connects Summit members to roles on campus teams serving year-round in their community. Below are teams serving specifically at the North Durham campus. Learn more about local outreach at the Summit.
Children’s Clothing Closet
The clothing closet ministry provides resources to families with children that cannot afford new items as well as foster families who need additional supplies after a placement. Clients are often referred through local partner organizations and school counselors. New team members are needed to help gather, wash, and organize items for the clothing closet and help in distributing items to clients. Join this team to build intentional gospel relationships with people by meeting very practical needs.
School Engagement: Riverside High School
Schools in our communities are hubs where people across all sectors of life gather. They form a common ground with needs that can be met by the Church through acts of service and kindness and building relationships to share the gospel. The North Durham campus partners with Riverside High School by serving the basketball team and the teachers.
Duke International Students Incorporated
Jesus commanded his followers in Matthew 28 to make disciples of all nations and peoples. Often people assume that this work is reserved for international church planters, but in RDU, the Lord is bringing the nations to our backyard through the international student population. Disappointingly, about 70 percent of all international students never spend time with Americans in their homes. This team connects volunteers with students so that friendships can be established that lead to discipleship. Get involved with Saturday Suppers hosted once a month by Duke International Students Incorporated, holiday hospitality, and airport welcomes!
Refugee Ministry: World Relief
The RDU area receives hundreds of refugees every year. Most of them come from countries where they do not have access to the gospel. The refugee ministry team helps refugees resettle in America by befriending them, helping them learn a new culture, and assisting them as they build a new life here. To engage refugees, the North Durham team works closely with World Relief, an evangelical refugee resettlement agency. Volunteer opportunities include building relationships, providing meals, helping with transportation to medical appointments, teaching English, donating resources, or becoming a resettlement team to partner with a refugee family in all of these ways.
Oxford Manor Neighborhood Kids Club
Many young people in our city live disconnected from a community of caring adults, job opportunities, and even the education system. Life experience has made them believe they have little value, but this team’s mission is to share the hope of Christ and walk with them through life’s challenges. Join the Oxford Manor Kids Club team on Saturday mornings as they develop relationships with kids and parents through games, sports activities, Bible study, and prayer.