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
Director of Local Outreach and Missions
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 Blue Ridge campus. Learn more about local outreach at the Summit.
School Engagement Team: Martin Middle 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. Martin Middle School has been adopted by the Blue Ridge campus for this purpose. Join this ministry team through supporting the teachers, mentoring and reading to children, and helping to meet needs around the school.
PLM Families Together and Raleigh Rescue Mission
The promise that Jesus offers in John 14 is available to everyone who follows him, but many homeless people have spent years without a place where they belong. Because of that, they may have trouble believing Jesus’ promise is for them. The mission of this team is to make that promise believable through acts of service and care. The Blue Ridge campus partners with PLM Families Together and Raleigh Rescue Mission. PLM is a local organization that provides housing and comprehensive services for families experiencing homelessness in Wake County. Join this team to organize monthly family enrichment events where volunteers plan fun and/or educational activities, provide food, and donate needed items (e.g., toiletries, canned food, and clothing) for the families in the program to come together and enjoy. Volunteers with Raleigh Rescue Mission will help serve meals, provide client childcare during workshops, facility cleaning, participate in fun/activity days, host Chapel, and other opportunities that involve sharing the gospel with the clients at RRM and simply doing life with them.
Grand Arbor Reserve
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 seeks to help refugees resettle in America by befriending them, helping them learn a new culture, and assisting them as they build a new life here. The Grand Arbor Reserve apartment complex has been utilized by World Relief as a resettlement location for refugees for several years. With the Blue Ridge campus being located within a mile of the complex, it is a perfect opportunity for people to serve their international neighbors who are settling in America for the first time. The Grand Arbor Reserve is also an active DWELL community. This team seeks to bless the Grand Arbor Reserve community by meeting felt needs through teaching ESL, providing cultural assimilation assistance, and hosting homework clubs and community gatherings.
Scripture makes it clear that caring for orphans is not reserved only for a few Christians; it is commanded of the entire Church. Earthly adoption is a powerful picture of our spiritual adoption in Christ; we were once fatherless but are now rescued out of the spiritual “fatherlessness” of our world into God’s family. By modeling God’s response to us to our friends and neighbors, we demonstrate the good news. This ministry team helps interested members of The Summit Church explore adoption and foster care and helps connect others to provide foster care support to these families to serve them in any way that can help, such as providing childcare and meals.
Wake Correctional Center
Prisons in RDU are filled with men and women whose lives are defined by what they’ve done to break the law, but the gospel offers the chance for their lives to be defined by what Jesus has done on the cross. The Summit prison ministry shows and shares the love of Christ with prisoners and their families pre- and post-release. Volunteer opportunities include prayer, mentoring (Sunday and Monday nights), family outreach, and helping ex-offenders get connected to jobs, housing, transportation, and other resources to reenter society.
Gateway Pregnancy Center
Single moms often bear a disproportionate share of the responsibility to care for the fatherless in our community and often struggle to hold multiple jobs to support their families while also caring for their children well. God commands his Church to be a family to those whose earthly family may have failed them (Isaiah 1:17, James 1:27), especially these women whom he calls beloved daughters. The Blue Ridge campus partners with Gateway Pregnancy Center in downtown Raleigh by becoming client advocates and counseling clients as they come in for pregnancy tests.