The Summit Collaborative is a family of churches that works together to help each other thrive and multiply. We started with the church planting vision of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham. Now, we are an international movement of over 70 churches who believe thriving churches developing thriving leaders is the path to church multiplication.
In 2009, J.D. Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, declared a bold vision. He said he wanted to see The Summit Church plant 1,000 churches in a generation! That goal, along with a culture of sending, created a need to multiply.
A simple strategy of learning all we could and putting our “yes” on the table led to our first planting team moving to Denver, CO. The following year, our second team moved to Murfreesboro, TN. Another year later, three different teams moved to three new cities to do the same thing -
A movement was born.
Fast forward a few years and the Church Planting Cohort spread across the country. Pastors would fly in for training a few times a month, and more and more churches were planted each year.
Over time, we began to ask what the whole group was meant to do together. By planting so many churches, The Summit Church had created a family that all loved each other and wanted to see more churches planted.
The Summit Collaborative was born.
A Farm System
Looking back at this history, we can praise God for building a farm system of churches that helps each other thrive and work towards multiplication.
In major league baseball, there is a large system of development for players. There are triple A, double A, and single A teams - all with increasingly strong players and all working individually to prepare for the big leagues. Those teams in different cities are working toward the same goal of preparing players for the highest level of the team. While each team has their own stadium, fans, and desire to win, they all work together in development for a common goal.
We say our family of churches is a farm system because eachchurch is a farm of leadership development.
That farm system is all committed to identifying new leaders, supporting each other like family, and championing the multiplication that comes out of our churches.