Gathering Plans for 2020

This information was last updated on Tuesday, July 21.

As we have from the beginning, when it comes to our plans for regathering, we are attempting to make wise decisions that both honor our governing authorities and bless our community. 

For the remainder of the year, we will not gather in person at our campuses on the weekend. Our plan is to equip you to be the church in your homes, in your communities, and online in order for you to continue being disciple-making disciples. So even when you can’t come to church, you can still be the church. 


The way you can be the church this year is by:

1. Gathering for worship and prayer in smaller groups. This could look like:

  • Inviting smaller groups to come to your home to engage with the service together. 
  • Seeing if people from your small group can watch a service outside in your backyard. 
  • Setting up a projector in your front yard with popcorn one night and inviting your neighbors to check out a service. 

2. Engaging others in intentional discipleship relationships. This could look like: 

  • Sharing the gospel and continuing to engage with your One
  • Engaging in a men's or women’s Bible study with small groups from your community. 
  • Committing to read through a book of the Bible with a new believer. 
  • We will also have more resources for one-on-one discipleship coming your way at the end of the summer.

Please take a moment to complete this survey so we can understand how you are processing this information. 

We have compiled this list of frequently asked questions, but if you have any additional ones, reach out to your campus teams or email us at questions@summitrdu.com. 


July Virtual Member Meeting

If you missed our July member meeting, where we discussed regathering, as well as other topics related to becoming a multiethnic church and our ministry efforts so far in 2020, we encourage you to watch the videos at the link below. 


 Watch the July Member Meeting

How to Watch or Listen to Services

For the foreseeable future, we will not meet for worship gatherings at any of our campus locations. Instead, we will gather virtually for worship online and we will provide resources to help you worship each week. 

You can participate by watching one of our streamed services on your smart TV, in a browser on your computer, or on your mobile device. If you have a smart TV with the YouTube app, you may navigate there directly and search for "The Summit Church."

We will be streaming services at the following times on Facebook, YouTube, and live.summitchurch.com:

  • Saturdays at 4 p.m.
  • Sundays at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 6 p.m.
  • Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

These services will be archived and available at any time on all three channels:

Summit en Español

We will also stream a service in Spanish for our Summit en Español congregation on Sundays at 11 a.m. on the their website, Facebook and YouTube channel.

Listen to the Service by Phone

For those who may not have access to the internet in their home, nursing home, or hospital room, we have a phone number that allows you to call in and listen to our 11 a.m. service live. Here’s how it works:

  1. Call (844) 698-6868.
  2. To be notified when our 11 a.m. service goes live, press “1,” and you’ll receive a phone call on Sunday before the service begins.
  3. If you miss the live service, you can call the number at any time and hear the previous service on-demand.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Interpretation

Our sermons from our “Together We Endure” series are now available on-demand with sign language interpretation for those who are deaf or hard of hearing.


First Time Guests

Even while we’re apart, we want to welcome our First Time Guests. If you are joining us for the first time, please visit summitchurch.com/guest so you can receive our First Time Guest resources and we can connect with you.

Small Groups

While we won't be able to gather as small groups in person, we want to encourage every group to continue to relationally engage and meet virtually each week during this season. This is a great time for you to assist your "technologically-challenged" small group leader, as you use one of the great virtual meeting platforms out there!

Small group leaders, we will continue to resource you through the SG Weekly Update each Friday afternoon. You can expect resources ranging from how-tos for virtual community tools to weekly group curriculum.

To be clear, we are still encouraging all of our Summit small groups (regardless of age or number of members), to continue meeting virtually without in-person gatherings.

Virtual Groups

If you aren’t engaged in a small group at the Summit, we would love to help you join a virtual group during this time.

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Give Online

Your generosity is directly fueling the mission of God among our communities, and because of you, The Summit Church has been able to meet real needs, develop timely discipleship resources, and minister to those who are suffering. See how your giving provides COVID-19 relief.

You can give online or with a single text from your phone. Simply text “Give” and your dollar amount to (919) 629-0350. (For example, “Give 100”.)

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How to Care

Our ServeRDU team recommends partnering with these local ministries and organizations to help our community. 

More Details

If you are in need of assistance, our ServeRDU team has compiled a list of local, state, and national resources that may be available to you. 

Resources for Bible Study and Prayer

We are so encouraged by the way you’re loving on and serving your community in this season. We are praying that God would strengthen you to keep finding ways to image Christ to your homes and neighbors in the coming days, weeks, and months.

As a church, we want to provide resources to help you do this well, so we’re sharing a discipleship resource called “Don’t Waste Your Quarantine.” In it, you’ll find various tools and resources on how to leverage this season in regards to your home, spiritual disciplines, your community, and more.

We have also created a Family Ministry Quarantine Guide. Though not exhaustive, we are confident these resources can help you build a plan to help see the gospel go forward in your home and in your community!

Finally, we have put together a comprehensive study of what it looks like to grow as a disciple. If you haven't already, we invite you to engage with these resources as you dig deeper in your walk with Christ.