Nine months ago, Laura and I stood on a stage with Pastor J.D. and three other families in front of The Summit Church. For me, that was the first time I had ever worshipped with this church. We were brand new, a little nervous but trusting that God had us here for a reason. I remember standing on that stage with J.D. and wondering how The Summit Church would respond to this idea of raising up four teams of people at the same time to go plant new churches. We were asking people to leave an amazingly healthy church and move their lives to D.C., to Wilmington or two other plants right here in Durham. Honestly, I remember driving home from that weekend and thinking, “If this was my church, I don’t think I would be going anywhere.”
Well, two things happened in these nine months.
One, Summit became my church. I didn’t expect that one – we moved here to raise up a team, develop a plan and head back home to D.C. From day one, there was an expiration date on us. We knew we were blessed to be at Summit but we didn’t know how much we would come to see this place as our church home. These last nine months have had a huge impact on me, my family and the church we’ll lead. I’ve seen a grace filled culture. I’ve seen people love one another well and sacrifice deeply to participate in God’s mission. I’ve seen the power of the gospel to save and to send.
Speaking of sending, that also happened these past nine months. This past weekend, we were back on that same stage with J.D. but there weren’t just four families. There were 120 other people. Jesus has been faithful to His promise to build the church. He’s raised up teams of leaders who will carry the vision with us. He’s sent out missionaries to Durham, to Wilmington and to D.C. The gospel continues to transform lives.
Thank you, Summit, for an incredible nine months.
As I sit here this morning, I have to believe the best is yet to come. Restoration City, we’ve been sent! Now it’s time to see how God is going to use all of this for His glory.