Local Sending

God is making a great name for himself in RDU and among the nations, and he has called all Christians to be an active part of his mission. It is our firm belief that every member of the church can be a part of this task. We call all of Summit’s local sending ServeRDU.

Every member at The Summit Church has the opportunity to participate in the work the Lord is doing in RDU. First and foremost, every Christian can pray. Pray for the poor and marginalized and pray for that we would love our neighbors holistically. Second, every Christian can serve. Join one of our ServeRDU teams and connect to your campus’ plan to serve year-round and see your community transformed.

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Sending: Your Next Steps

Take your next step toward living sent by engaging in one of our local, domestic, or international opportunities! 

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Learn About Islam and How To Share the Gospel With Muslims

Sign up for free virtual courses to learn about Islam and how to share the gospel with Muslims.

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Blue Card Training

Blue training is required to serve inside our local prisons. Although serving on the Inside is closed to us during this time, we pray for the army God is raising up to be trained and ready when it is safe to enter the prisons again.

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FreedomRDU: Get involved during Covid-19

Love on incarcerated men and women during this time of Covid-19, though letter-writing and Bible-study review, with CLI Prison Alliance.

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Prison Ministry Prayer Nights

Join us to pray for God's heart for our justice-involved brothers and sisters via Zoom. Email us at prisonministry@summitrdu.com for dates and Zoom details!

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Serve a Group Meal

Serve with your small group to provide a simple buffet meal for 30 to 40 sponsors and residents from Wake Correctional Center. 

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ServeRDU Demystified

We believe that doing justice is the way that we fulfill the great commandments to love God and love our neighbor and therefore can’t be...

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The eight areas of ServeRDU ministry represent our vulnerable and marginalized neighbors and are named after the outcomes of restorative justice as evidenced in the gospel. Learn more about each one below.

This ministry exists to establish relationships and relieve the stress of financial crises by providing short-term financial relief for our neighbors and connecting them to the life of the local church long term.


Raleigh Dream Center, Capital Hills Campus

Raleigh Dream Center’s mission is to reach the unreached, restore the hurting, and rebuild the broken through monthly opportunities in under-resourced communities to build relationships and share the gospel.

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This ministry exists to address the medical crises needs of our neighbors through partnerships with local health clinics and to provide respite housing for those whose loved ones are in long-term care in our local hospitals.


NeighborHealth Center, Blue Ridge Campus

NeighborHealth Center is a healthcare home restoring individuals and families by connecting them to God’s love and to their community.

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This ministry exists to uplift our neighbors facing homelessness by partnering with local service providers, supporting them with job training and mentorship, and providing temporary housing for families in crisis.


Raleigh Dream Center, Capital Hills Campus

Raleigh Dream Center’s mission is to reach the unreached, restore the hurting, and rebuild the broken through monthly opportunities in under-resourced communities to build relationships and share the gospel.

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This ministry exists to welcome our international neighbors in the name of Jesus and care for them as we care for ourselves through assisting with refugee resettlement, contextual church planting, and more.


Cross-Cultural Intentional Living (CCIL), Brier Creek Campus

CCIL’s purpose is to expand God's kingdom in multicultural neighborhoods by building intentional gospel communities in those neighborhoods for the sake of God's glory.

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Citizenship Program, Brier Creek Campus

The citizenship program equips refugees and immigrants to become effective and interdependent citizens, pass the citizenship test, and open opportunities to share the gospel.

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ESL Classes at Duke Manor, Downtown Durham Campus

This ministry teaches English as a second language to refugee and immigrant women through the Gospel of Mark, building relationships that would naturally lead to sharing the gospel.

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JusticeMatters, Downtown Durham Campus

JusticeMatters is a faith-motivated nonprofit specializing in trauma-informed immigration and family law services, protecting kids, and helping survivors of human trafficking and other traumas rebuild their lives.

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Refugee Hope Partners at Cedar Point Apartments, Capital Hills Campus

Refugee Hope Partners seeks to serve refugee neighbors through engaging families, equipping hands, minds, and souls, and encouraging healthy relationships and spiritual growth.

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Outreach to South Asian Community, Apex Campus, Brier Creek Campus

In partnership with Global Gates, this ministry equips members to build relationships and share the gospel with Indian Hindus in our area.

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Dwell Community - Morrisville/West Cary, Brier Creek Campus

This Dwell community builds intentional gospel communities by living in an apartment complex and nearby townhouses within the Triangle's highest concentration of Hindu and Muslim families, while partnering with local Global Gates missionaries to receive training in cross-cultural missions.

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Counsel on Immigrant Relations (CIR), Capital Hills Campus

CIR is a nonprofit that seeks to organize and engage churches and civic organizations in building relationships with international communities to empower and enrich the entire community.

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Dwell Community - Blue Ridge Area, Blue Ridge Campus

This Dwell community builds intentional gospel communities with international residents by living in an apartment complex near the Blue Ridge campus.

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Weekly ESL and Outreach, Capital Hills Campus

This ministry exists to connect with our North Raleigh international neighbors at Green Castle Apartments and Homestead Village Mobile Home Park by helping them learn ESL and providing academic tutoring for their kids.

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Prayer Group for Muslim Neighbors, Capital Hills Campus

This weekly prayer group commits to pray that God would draw Muslim people in the Triangle to himself and seeks to create genuine caring relationships with their Muslim neighbors and coworkers.

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World Relief Durham - Refugee Resettlement, Downtown Durham Campus

In cooperation with World Relief Durham, we partner the church with refugees who have settled in the Durham area and build relationships with the hope of having gospel conversations.

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International Friends at UNC, Chapel Hill Campus

International Friends is a student organization at UNC-Chapel Hill whose purpose is to welcome international students and scholars to our country, help ease their transition by serving them, create social opportunities for cross-cultural learning and friendship, and be a resource to interested students on their spiritual journey.

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International Students, Inc. - Duke University, Downtown Durham Campus, North Durham Campus, Brier Creek Campus

International Students, lnc., exists to share Christ's love with international college students and provides avenues for members of the local church to build life changing relationships with internationals from around the globe.

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This ministry exists to encourage and support the care of orphans and foster children by supporting families who have adopted and/or are fostering, teaching on orphan care, and more.


EmbraceRDU Foster and Adoption Care Ministry, Alamance County Campus, Chapel Hill Campus

EmbraceRDU resources and supports families who are considering or have already participated in adoption and foster care.

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EmbraceRDU Adoptive and Foster Care Support Group, Brier Creek Campus

This support group is for those who are pursuing adoption/fostering, currently in the process, families of adopted and foster kids, adult adoptees, and anyone else connected to adoption and foster care.

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Raleigh Dream Center, Capital Hills Campus

Raleigh Dream Center’s mission is to reach the unreached, restore the hurting, and rebuild the broken through monthly opportunities in under-resourced communities to build relationships and share the gospel.

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The Children’s Clothing Closet, North Durham Campus

The Children's Clothing Closet ministry was established by women of our North Durham campus to provide free clothing and shoes to children in need.

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Safe Families for Children, Brier Creek Campus

Safe Families for Children is a volunteer movement that connects the children of parents in distress with host families who have been called to open their hearts, their arms and their homes to serve those in need.

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EmbraceRDU Recharge - Foster Care Respite Ministry, North Durham Campus, Downtown Durham Campus, Brier Creek Campus

Recharge is a ministry that supports foster parents of our church by giving them a monthly morning out.

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EmbraceRDU Monthly Cohort, Apex Campus

Join others for a time of sharing, prayer, and encouragement for foster and adoption families.

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This ministry exists to serve our neighbors—both individuals and families—impacted by incarceration through worship services and programs in correctional facilities as well as re-entry assistance for jobs and housing.

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This ministry exists to build relationships with and support women in crisis so they not only survive but thrive (spiritually, emotionally, socially, and physically) in their communities.


JusticeMatters, Downtown Durham Campus

JusticeMatters is a faith-motivated nonprofit specializing in trauma-informed immigration and family law services, protecting kids, and helping survivors of human trafficking and other traumas rebuild their lives.

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Hope Threads, Capital Hills Campus

Hope Threads helps local refugee women acquire the skills they need to provide for their families through an educational workforce program where they learn new skills and build on their existing expertise to create handcrafted items.

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The Children’s Clothing Closet, North Durham Campus

The Children's Clothing Closet ministry was established by women of our North Durham campus to provide free clothing and shoes to children in need.

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Human Coalition, Capital Hills Campus

Human Coalition is a nonprofit that is building a pro-life, holistic, comprehensive care network to help rescue women and their children from abortion.

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Christian Life Home, Blue Ridge Campus

Christian Life Home is a loving, safe, and healthy Christian home for young women aged 10 to 23 who are unexpectedly pregnant.

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Pregnancy Support Services, Chapel Hill Campus

Pregnancy Support Services is a Christian nonprofit committed to providing honest, helpful, and accurate information to women who are considering their choices in an unplanned pregnancy, and to educating middle and high school students about healthy relationships.

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Gateway Pregnancy Center, Blue Ridge Campus

Gateway is a faith-based nonprofit committed to serving women and men in the community by providing medical, educational, and support services and resources related to pregnancy and sexual health without condemnation or manipulation.

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This ministry exists to build relationships with and encourage youth through school-based mentoring and tutoring, programs in under-resourced communities, and partnerships with local service providers.


Fox Road Elementary School, Capital Hills Campus

We partner with Fox Road Elementary School through improvement projects like painting and landscaping as well as walking alongside teachers and students throughout the year.

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Neighbor to Neighbor, Blue Ridge Campus

Neighbor to Neighbor’s purpose is to reverse the effects of poverty through mentoring relationships that focus on education, development, and spirituality.

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Y.E. Smith Elementary School, Downtown Durham Campus

The families and teachers of Y. E. Smith Elementary School face many challenges, and we seek to support them as they serve students and families in Durham.

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Oxford Manor - Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF), North Durham Campus

Oxford Manor is a weekly backyard kids club led by Summit member Lou Brogden where kids are served breakfast, have recreation time, learn scripture through a CEF Bible lesson, and build relationships with volunteers.

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Neal Middle School, Brier Creek Campus

We partner with the Neal Middle School community to help improve the academic performance, behavior, and character of the students, and to assist teachers and staff in any way possible.

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Where We Serve

Each of our campuses has a strategy to engage their surrounding community. We funnel all of our ServeRDU ministries through our campuses so that we can prioritize relationships and proximity.

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Partnerships

We partner with like-minded organizations which bring training, infrastructure, and strategy. The church brings community, relationships, and the gospel. We focus on shared values and objectives, recognizing that as our people engage with their communities, they are bringing Jesus into the mix. Serving is often an effective way to demonstrate the transformational power of the gospel.

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Resources

Resources for Members and Other Churches

While we still have a long way to go, there is much that we have learned through serving our community.

Below, you will find links to training resources that we’ve developed. We hope you find this page helpful. If you’d like to talk with us or have any questions, please email us at serverdu@summitrdu.com.