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 of Discipleship & Small Groups
Associate Campus Pastor of Operations, Missions & Local Outreach
Regional Production Director
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 Apex campus. Learn more about local outreach at the Summit.
School Engagement: Cary High and Briarcliff Elementary Schools
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. This team serves in Cary High School and Briarcliff Elementary School through GoMentor as well as work days, teacher appreciation events, and addressing needs that arise.
International Student Friendship
Jesus commanded his followers in Matthew 28 to make disciples of all nations and peoples. Often people think 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. This ministry team befriends international students at NC State, helping them get adjusted, investing time to learn about them, and being their friend. These students want to learn more about American culture and enjoy doing life with us, especially holiday celebrations.
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.
North Carolina Correctional Institution/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 men’s and women’s prison ministries aim to show and share the love of Christ with prisoners and their families pre- and post-release. Volunteer opportunities include prayer, mentoring, family outreach, children’s supervised visits with their moms, quilting with the women, and helping ex-offenders get connected to jobs, housing, transportation, and other re-entry resources.
Your Choice Pregnancy Clinic, Hand of Hope Pregnancy Center, and Christian Life Home
An unplanned pregnancy often creates fear, confusion, and desperation. This ministry team shares the hope and love of Jesus with these young women in turmoil. The Cary campus team meets every third Sunday of the month from 10 to 11:10 a.m. in the gym lobby to prepare notes of encouragement and small craft items for the moms in crisis and the pregnancy clinic workers at Your Choice Pregnancy Clinic in Raleigh and Hand of Hope Pregnancy Center in Fuquay. Team members also provide relational support for the staff and young moms at the Christian Life Home in Raleigh. Assistance with construction projects for the centers is also needed from time to time.
Wrenn Drive Community
Wrenn Drive is the community adjacent to Briarcliff Elementary School. This team reinforces the work being done by the Briarcliff Elementary school engagement team by investing in the community where many of the children live. While this ministry is in its infancy stages, they are looking to engage through ESL, tutoring, Bible studies, and small groups in order to build relationships and share the gospel.