We build and plant gospel-centered churches.
Jesus commissioned his disciples to take the gospel to the world. They did so by planting churches. This wasn’t by chance – it was God’s plan, and his plan hasn’t changed. God’s strategy for fulfilling the Great Commission is planting churches.
Therefore we are committed to planting churches all over the world. We are also committed to building or re-planting existing churches around the gospel, in order that they may fulfill Jesus’ mission to their community and the world.

Distinctives

Gospel-centered. The gospel changes everything. The gospel is not simply the means by which we are converted – it is also the message by which we are transformed. Only the gospel can change our hearts to truly love and follow God. So we seek to make the gospel, and Jesus himself, the center of all we do. That includes not just what we believe, but how we do ministry – how we build and plant churches. The gospel is the foundation that shapes and drives all of our theology and our practice. (1 John 4:19; John 15:3-5)

Deep and wide. The gospel calls us to care about both depth and width. Churches that prioritize depth but not width make “mature” disciples, but don’t always reach the lost. Churches that prioritize width but not depth “reach” the lost, but often don’t make mature disciples. The Great Commission calls for both. Width without depth doesn’t last. Depth without concern for width is not real depth. So we care deeply about theology and making mature disicples, but we are also driven with a sense of urgency to reach the lost. (Matt 28:18-20)

Missional and attractional. Mission is not just a program of the church. Mission defines the church. This takes two forms. First, the corporate gatherings of the church should themselves be missional, leading believers and unbelievers to encounter Christ. This missional nature of the gathered church makes it attractional. Second, the whole church is to be equipped and sent as missionaries to the city. The church is not an audience but an army. Therefore we equally emphasize the gathering and scattering of the church for mission. (John 20:21; 1 Cor 14:16-23; 1 Pet 2:4-9; John 1:14)

Church-based. The local church is God’s plan for fulfilling the Great Commission. Through the church, God proclaims and demonstrates his love to the world. Not only is God’s strategy for advancing the gospel in the world planting churches, but no institution is given that responsibility more than the local church. Therefore we are not a network which plants churches, but churches planting churches. Our desire is to build and plant multiplying churches. (Matt 28:18-20; Eph 3:8-10)

Reaching the unreached. The gospel is only good news if it gets there in time. We prioritize preaching the gospel where Christ is not known. We focus on planting in strategic cities, because cities are the places of greatest need. When we plant outside major cities, we do so with the purpose of establishing sending centers from which people will be mobilized to take the gospel to the world. (Matt 24:14; Rom 15:20.)

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For Existing Churches
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Strategic Partners

Staff

Mike McDaniel

Director

Mike has served for the last 5 years as the Church Planting Pastor at The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, NC.  During that time, the Summit has planted 13 churches in the U.S. and launched the Summit Network. Mike received his M.S. from the University of Texas in Biology (really using that degree) and spent time as a missionary in Taiwan before earning his Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston, MA.  Mike met his future bride Jaime on a mission trip to Southeast Asia (great first date spot) and they were married in 2011; Mike and Jaime have one daughter named Madelyn.

Mike directs the vision and strategy of Summit Network, and serves as the primary instructor of the Church Planting Residency.

Contact Mike


Josh Miller

Church Planting Catalyst

Josh serves on the Church Planting staff at The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, NC, and has been part of the Summit Network since its launch in 2013.  Josh received his B.A. from Hampden-Sydney College double-majoring in Religion and History.  After graduation, Josh spent 2 years on the coaching staff of the Hampden-Sydney College football team before relocating to RDU to pursue his Master’s of Divinity Degree at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Josh met his wife Meredith in Farmville, VA (yes, it’s a real place) while they both served as volunteer leaders in a high school ministry. Josh and Meredith were married in 2011 and welcomed their first child (James) in November of 2013.

Josh carries out most of the day-to-day operations of Summit Network, including overseeing the assessment of prospective planters.

Contact Josh

FAQ

What does Summit Network believe?
All of our planters and partner churches endorse The Baptist Faith & Message. They also affirm the Confessional Statement of the Gospel Coalition.

What makes the Summit Network different from other networks?
Check out our distinctives on the About page. Also see below for why we decided to start a network in the first place.

How do I become a Summit Network planter?
All the information you need is found on the Plant page.

How do we become a Summit Network partner?
You can find everything you need on the Join page.

What is the doctrinal statement for the Summit Network?
A description of our doctrinal convictions can be found on the About page.

There are so many networks already out there. Why start another one?
We’ve found that the multiplication of local churches is most effective when they share a common DNA. Broader networks specialize in being able to take on larger initiatives. But within those broad networks, we need tight networks of churches that can partner together more closely for the sake of multiplication. Assessment, training, and coaching are often more effective in these networks because of their shared identity.

The Summit Network exists to be a tight network. We are not trying to replace the important roles that broader networks play. All of our churches participate in broader networks. Rather, we are a group of churches that work closely together around a common identity and vision.

Why call it the Summit Network?
First, we felt like naming ourselves the Summit Network was consistent with the DNA of the kind of churches we want to build and plant. We considered several other names, but none was as simple as just calling ourselves the Summit Network. Second, the Summit Church in RDU will serve as the primary, initial hub for the network. Third, there is actually more than one church in the network named the Summit.

We believe God’s strategy for fulfilling the Great Commission is planting churches. Church planting is the most effective strategy for seeing lives and communities transformed by the gospel. We also believe that almost everything rises and falls on leadership. Our Church Planting Residency is designed to prepare planters to best steward their gifts to have their maximum impact through church planting.

What is a Church Planting Residency?

Residency is a full-time, 8-month training experience at a Summit Network church.  We view residency as one-part finishing school, one-part church planting incubator. From the beginning, God has called competent leaders to build his church – leaders who hear from God, who inspire and empower others, leaders who are known not only by their character but also by their effectiveness. Our residency is designed to invest in those kind of leaders to help them succeed.

Residents begin with the dream of planting. Over 8-months, we share with them everything we’ve learned about planting a healthy, thriving church. We help them develop their vision, build a strong team, raise the resources they need to plant, and hit the ground running. We help them discover what kind of church God has called them to plant in their city, and how to make that dream a reality.

Typically, we take 4-5 residents a year. Together, they receive training and coaching from seasoned pastors and planters. Our churches help them recruit, sending not only financial resources but people. At the completion of the program, a resident and his team are sent out to plant a new Summit Network church.

What you can expect

  • Intentional Coaching – we want to help you become a better leader through understanding how to best leverage your gifts
  • Practical Training – we’re going to teach you everything we know about how to lead and plant a church
  • Relationship – you’re doing this with a group of other high capacity leaders, and you’re joining a network of like-minded pastors
  • Funding – you’ll receive significant financial support from network churches
  • Ongoing Development – coaching doesn’t end when you plant; you’re joining a network of experienced planters that want to help you succeed
  • Vision – you’re joining a group of churches with a common vision of planting 1000 churches

How To Apply

Residency begins September 1st and ends April 31st. We begin considering candidates in October of the prior year and begin making decisions in February.

Inquiry → Assessment → Approval → Residency
To inquire, fill out our Church Planter Interest Form and someone from our staff will follow up with you.

Coaching


Becoming a church planting church.


CHURCH PLANTING WORKSHOPS

Whether you’re planting for the first time or want to better equip those you plant, you’re invited to join us for a Church Planting Workshop.  Workshops are day-long equipping sessions hosted at the Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, N.C.  Participants receive an in-depth look at the philosophy and strategy of planting gospel-centered churches with the goal of starting or improving their own church-planting programs. Workshops will address questions like:

  • How can we establish a sending culture at our church?
  • Which planting model best fits our church and context?
  • How do we identify and develop future planters?
  • Should we start a residency program?
  • What makes a good residency program?

WHAT IS THE SUMMIT NETWORK?

A few years ago we were a church that wanted to plant but wasn’t sure how to do it. So we gleaned from other churches and started trying things.  Over the years we’ve definitely had some hiccups but God has graciously given us the privilege of sending out two hundred and thirty-eight people to plant twenty-three churches in North America.

Summit Network is the result of those church plants.  We’re a partnership of churches (some we’ve planted and others we haven’t) that share one vision and three distinctives. Our vision is to plant 1,000 churches in our generation while each network church is committed to Gospel-Centrality, Philosophical Balance and Church Multiplication.  If your church would benefit from a workshop we’d love to connect with you.  Information regarding dates, cost and registration is below.      

Dates, Cost & Registration:

  • Fall: Wednesday, October 1st
  • Spring: TBD
  • $299 covers expenses for up to two (2) staff members.

To register click HERE or if you have questions feel free to email Josh@TheSummitNetwork.com.  To ensure a high-level of personal interaction space is limited, so register today!

Target Cities


Our vision is to plant in every major college town in North Carolina and in the most influential cities along the I-95 Corridor. We focus on influential cities with growing populations of unreached people. We strive to partner alongside faithful churches that already exist in these cities while following the leadership of the Spirit in planting outside of this list.

North Carolina

Asheville, NC
Named among Good Morning America’s 10 Most Beautiful Places in the U.S., Asheville has become the cultural center of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  As its nationally recognized economy continues to grow, more and more people are calling Asheville home.  But as Asheville’s influence has grown, the influence of Christ in Asheville has dramatically declined. Known regionally as a center of new age belief and alternative lifestyles, Asheville has a great need for Gospel light.

Boone, NC
Located at 3,000 feet above sea level it’s hard to imagine Boone reaching new heights. But as the town attracts national attention for its growing university, its bluegrass culture, and its breathtaking landscape, Boone is doing just that.  Over the last decade, Appalachian State University has expanded while retirees from across the U.S. have flocked to Boone, making the town one of the fastest growing in America, but since 2000 there has been a 4% decline in Evangelical Christians; “The Heart of the High-Country” needs to be reborn.

Charlotte, NC
Known by many as the New York City of the South, Charlotte is the second largest financial center in the U.S.  As Charlotte has grown economically it has also grown in population, ranking as the 5th fastest growing city in the country.  Though traditionally known as a “Bible Belt” city, an influx of international business and the rapid secularization of Charlotte are quickly creating a great need for gospel-centered churches.  It is estimated that there are over 1 million people in the Charlotte area with no clear understanding of the Gospel.

Cullowhee Region, NC
Home to more than 9,500 university students, the Cullowhee Region of  NC is dramatically nestled between the Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. Known for its breath taking landscape and the ever expanding Western Carolina University, the Cullowhee Region has seen a 21% growth in population over the last decade.  As the region continues to attract thousands of college students from all over the world there is a great need for vibrant gospel-centered churches.

Winston-Salem, NC
With a widely recognized downtown scene, a low cost of living, and a University ranked in the nation’s top 25, Winston-Salem is becoming the destination of choice for young professionals, relocating retirees, and top notch students alike.  As the “Twin-Cities” grow in influence there is a great need for the gospel to grow in influence as well; there are nearly 500, 000 residents in the Winston-Salem area that don’t know Jesus as Lord.


Want a Summit Network church in your city?
Email us and we’ll keep you up to date.


National

Atlanta, GA
Home to the world’s busiest airport, scores of Fortune 500 companies, and more than five million people, Atlanta’s influence has never been greater.  Since hosting the ‘96 Summer Olympics the “Capital of the New South” has seen a huge influx of national and international residents who are drawn to Atlanta’s growing economy, its thirty colleges and universities, and its charming urban lifestyle.   Atlanta’s explosive growth and burgeoning influence make the planting of gospel-centered churches essential; it is estimated that there are more than 3.5 million people in the Atlanta area who do not know Christ as Lord.

Miami, FL
Known for its world-class beaches and up-tempo night life, Miami has become a magnate for sports icons, retirees, and international immigrants alike. Dubbed the “Capital of Latin America,” and with 59% of its population born outside of the U.S., Miami is a city full of diversity.  As the nations flow into Miami there is a great need for gospel-centered and multi-ethnic churches; it is estimated that more than 4.5 million Miami residents do not know the love of Christ.

New York City, NY
As the most populated and globally-connected city in the United States, there’s no place like the Big Apple.  As the nation’s financial, commercial, and cultural capital it’s difficult to fully express the national and global influence that New York exerts. With nearly eight-hundred different languages spoken by New York City residents, the nations have come to NYC.  But “The City that Never Sleeps” needs a gospel-awakening—only four out of every one-hundred New Yorkers know the love of Christ. Simply put, New York City is one of the most strategic and least reached cities in the World.

Philadelphia, PA
Famous for cheese steaks, fine art, and top-notch education, Philadelphia is a beautiful city with a rich cultural history. Home to numerous national monuments and more public art than any other city in the U.S., Philly is a culture lover’s dream. In the eyes of the world Philadelphia is booming, but spiritually, Philadelphia is dying—only six out of every one-hundred Philadelphians consider themselves evangelical Christians. Ironically, most of those living in the “City of Brotherly Love” don’t know the love of Jesus Christ.

San Francisco, CA
Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge leads into one of the most beautiful, creative, and influential cities in the U.S. Known for its rich culture of art and music, artists and young professional are flocking to San Fran. “The City by the Bay” is the second most densely populated city in the US and yet its proximity to Silicon Valley, the world’s center of technological innovation, and its robust economy continues to draw new residents from all over the world.  Known internationally as a center of alternative lifestyles and liberal activism, San Francisco needs gospel-centered churches.  Only 4% of San Francisco residents know Christ as Lord.

New Hampshire
Known for its winter sports, beautiful landscape, and rich history, New Hampshire draws residents from all over the U.S. (and Canada!). Though at one time a bastion of Evangelicalism (Jonathan Edwards & The Great Awakenings) the Northeast is now the least churched region of the U.S. In New Hampshire, the harvest is great but the workers are few. The “Live Free or Die” state needs people willing to give their lives for the advancement of the Gospel.

Church Plants


  • Jesus Our Redeemer

    Baltimore, MD


  • Soma Church

    Indianapolis, IN


  • Mercy Hill Church

    Greensboro, NC


  • Awaken Church

    Columbia, SC


  • Imago Dei Church

    Raleigh, NC


  • City Church

    Murfreesboro, TN


  • Gallery Church

    New York, NY


  • Mosaic Boston Church

    Boston, MA


  • Grace Church

    Boston, MA


  • Hub Church

    Boston, MA


  • Integrity Church

    Greenville, NC


  • Redemption Hill

    Richmond, VA


  • Restoration Church

    Raleigh, NC


  • Summit Church

    Denver, CO


  • Veritas Church

    Fayetteville, NC


  • Vision Church

    Raleigh, NC


  • Youngstown Metro Church

    Youngstown, OH


  • Restoration City Church

    Washington D.C.


  • The Bridge Church

    Wilmington, N.C.


  • Waypoint Church

    Durham N.C.

Keep up with our church plants

We want to help like-minded churches grow and plant churches. We’re not a network that plants churches, but churches planting churches. At the same time, there are advantages that come when a group of like-minded churches that share a similar DNA and theological vision partner together. By offering shared assessment, training, coaching, and funding, we can help local churches identify, develop and send church planters.

What we offer:

  • Vision – you’re joining a group of churches with a common vision of seeing 1000 churches planted in our generation
  • Experience – you’ll benefit from the wisdom of experienced planters and church planting churches
  • Assessment – we’ll help you assess potential church planters
  • Training – send a planter through our training, or we’ll help you develop your own
  • Relationship – you’re joining a network of like-minded pastors that share a common vision of planting churches
  • Funding – all network funds go to identify, train, and support church planters
  • Coaching – we want to help planters thrive and help existing churches grow and plant

Want to learn more?

Inquiry → Compatibility Assessment → Approval → Coaching
To inquire, tell us a little bit about your church by completing our partner interest form and someone from our staff will follow up with you.

Our Partners


  • The Summit Church

    Raleigh-Durham, NC
    J.D. Greear, Pastor


  • The Summit Church

    Denver, CO
    Bryan Barley, Pastor


  • Soma Church

    Indianapolis, IN
    Brandon Shields, Pastor


  • Mercy Hill Church

    Greensboro, NC
    Andrew Hopper, Pastor


  • Jesus Our Redeemer

    Baltimore, MD
    Brad O’Brien, Pastor


  • Integrity Church

    Greenville, NC
    Ben Tugwell, Pastor


  • City Church

    Murfreesboro, TN
    Trevor Atwood, Pastor


  • Awaken Church

    Columbia, SC
    Matt Hahn, Pastor


  • Veritas Church

    Fayetteville, NC
    John Murphy, Pastor


  • Calvary Church Englewood

    Denver, CO
    Mark Hallock, Pastor


  • Calvary Church Littleton

    Denver, CO
    Dan Freng, Pastor


  • Restoration City Church

    Washington D.C.
    John McGowan, Pastor


  • The Bridge Church

    Wilmington, N.C.
    Ethan Welch, Pastor


  • Waypoint Church

    Durham N.C.
    Lawrence Yoo, Pastor

Give directly to an upcoming Summit Network Plant

The following men represent our 2013|14 Residency Class. Each resident has proven himself as a called and fruitful leader who is ready to plant a new gospel centered church. By investing in these church plants you are investing in the Great Commission.


John McGowan | Washington, D.C.

John (@JohnGMcGowan) has been on staff with McLean Bible Church in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., for the past ten years.  He started as the leader of The Gathering, MBC’s college ministry. Under John’s leadership, The Gathering developed a ministry at American University, Georgetown University, George Mason and The University of Maryland.  For the last 2.5 years, he has served as the Teaching Pastor of Frontline, MBC’s young adult ministry.  John and Laura have been married for three years and just welcomed their first child, Jack, 6 months ago.

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Dante Randolph | Durham, NC

Dante (@DanteRandolph) is  the lead pastor and visionary of Grace Park Church in Durham, NC. A native of Greenville, NC, Dante currently resides in the great metropolis of Mebane, NC, with his wife Schenita Davis Randolph. Married since September 2004, they have two awesome and wonderful children, Joshua Alexander (8) and Kaelyn Alexandria (4). Dante enjoys reading, playing chess, scribbling teaching notes and reminders on small pieces of paper, and traveling with his family.

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Ethan Welch | Wilmington, NC

Ethan (@EthanWelch) and Ashley Welch have been at the Summit Church for the past 6 years where Ethan has served on staff as Multisite Development Pastor, tasked with the responsibility of launching new campuses including the North Raleigh Campus, Cary Campus, Chapel Hill Campus, and the forthcoming Raleigh Campus. A true coastal native, Ethan grew up just south of Wilmington and recently felt the call in 2012 to return and plant a church.

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Lawrence Yoo | Durham, NC

Lawrence (@Lawrence_Yoo) is a native of Florida, went to the University of Florida (Go Gators!) and received his Masters of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. He and his wife, Jina, are expecting their first child in September. Lawrence has ovr a decade of experience in ministry including youth, children’s, young adult, missions, and outreach.  He is transitioning to the Summit from an Associate Pastor position in Raleigh. He and his wife hope to plant a church in the Durham area that strives to reflect the Kingdom as is described in Rev 5:9, a diverse church community purchased by the blood of Christ.

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