Summit Mission Alliance has defined three areas that we intentionally develop and to which we devote our time, talents, and treasures – Congregational Health, Relational Discipleship, and Local Mission.
These three areas work together like the legs of a tripod; we need all three to be strong and secure. We focus on these areas in both the places where we already have established ministries and in the places we have and will identify to develop new ministries.
Find more information about these three areas below. If you're interested in learning more, please contact Pastor Larry: email@example.com.
Congregational Health includes things like calling and supporting pastors, ensuring proper systems and personnel are in place for financial management, ensuring the appropriate structures and lay leadership are in place for a congregation’s life together, and facilitating clear communication between members. Just like a nuclear family thrives when there are healthy systems in place, so too a congregation, which is a family of believers, thrives most fully when these healthy systems exist. As we work toward Congregational Health, we make it a priority for our systems and ministries to be light-weight and low-maintenance, with a high degree of cooperation between congregations whenever possible. We emphasize this for two reasons. One, in order to use our resources most efficiently, and two, so that our members aren’t bogged down with the day-to-day operations of church business, but instead are freed up to live as missionaries to their own neighborhoods and networks.
We believe that discipleship happens most fully in the context of deep, genuine relationships. In relationship with other Christians, some of whom are further along in their walk with Jesus than others, both the knowledge of Christ’s Word and example of His Ways can be passed along.
We also believe that our 21st century western culture has in many ways lost the art and skill of relationships. Our world is more transient than ever, which often leads to long distances between biological family members. Social media often becomes a replacement of, instead of a supplement to, in-person interactions. And many people have grown up in severely broken homes and communities and consequently have never experienced healthy families or friendships.
As is always the case, Jesus and His church are the answer. We are intentional about doing discipleship within the context of family and relationships, not apart from them. When a child goes through the confirmation process, his or her parents are also included. When leaders are developed, they are given both information and a mentor for the task at hand through what we call huddles. And even when disciples are equipped and sent out as missionaries to the community, we emphasize doing so in the context of an extended spiritual family through what we call missional communities.
Our community is a mission field. We don’t assume that by merely having a church building in which we have worship services that we are fulfilling Christ’s directive to be His witnesses. (Acts 1:8) Inspired and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we seek to become involved with the people and places we serve in our communities. As we do so we seek to improve the lives of others through the love and Word of Christ. Each community is unique which can lead to us serving in different ways. But our core desire is the same in every location: to serve the local community in tangible ways with the love of Jesus.