Dr. Ray Ortlund joined us for our 2019 annual retreat and delivered a timely encouragement to our Summit Collaborative pastors. The churches we long for will require diligence and wisdom in doctrine, culture, and spirituality.
We launched the Summit Network in 2013 with a vision to plant 1000 churches by equipping leaders to plant, grow and multiply gospel-centered churches. Over the years the Summit Network has become a family who share this vision. We believe families like ours play an important role in facilitating an effective and healthy movement. At the same time, we need broader networks like Send Network to work together for the sake of the mission on a larger scale.
We decided to change our name to Summit Collaborative to better reflect how our family functions: (1) Summit represents The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, NC, where our vision to plant 1000 churches was born. (2) Collaborative represents our identity as a family of churches that work together for the sake of that common mission while also working together with churches outside of our family. The majority of our churches are also part of Send Network, though we collaborate with churches that share our DNA cross-network and cross-denominationally.
Our vision remains the same. We want to see 1000 churches planted in our generation. We believe the key to doing that is investing in great leaders to plant, grow and multiply, starting their own families. Our hope is that our new name will enable us to work even more collaboratively with like-minded leaders. May God do abundantly more than we can ask or imagine (Eph 3:20).