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Here at the Summit, we say that every pastor is our missions pastor, because everyone is called to participate in the mission of God. That’s why we are challenging all of our college students to give at least one summer and their first two years after college to the cause of missions. The way we do that is through our “Go Now Initiative,” which offers summer, semester-length, and two-year opportunities to join with our church plants—locally, nationally, and in countries all around the world. (Seriously, I wish I were lucky enough to be a college kid at the Summit in 2015. You guys have dozens of countries to choose from; I had basically one and a half.)

By God’s grace, we want to see 1,000 churches planted in our generation. If you’re in college, Go Now is the way you can be involved with this God-sized vision. The deadline for all Go Now opportunities is February 1st. Don’t waste your summer. Don’t waste your life. Most of all, don’t wait. Go now.

Special thanks to Cedarville University, who provided the video clip above, from their recent Missions Conference.

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This weekend we at the Summit celebrated Vision Weekend, as we rejoiced in what God has done at our church over the past year—and look forward to what he might do through us in the future. God consistently told the Old Testament people of God to stop and reflect on what he had done for them, even building monuments to his mighty works. We want to do the same, not so that we can pat ourselves on the back, but to remind ourselves that God isn’t done working in Raleigh-Durham.

Even though there are so many reasons for us to celebrate 2014—over 5,000 first-time guests, 119 adoptive/foster families, hundreds of baptisms—I never want us stop dreaming big. So as I think of 2015, I have several prayers for The Summit Church.

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Your weekly installment of things we’ve been reading around the web.

Book Review of the Week

The Mingling of Souls: God’s Design for Love, Marriage, Sex, and Redemption, Matt Chandler. Reviewed by Aaron Armstrong. “There are a dizzying number of marriage books available on the market—well over 150,000, in fact. And a few of them are even good. Clearly, we have a lot to talk about. With so many titles available, one has to wonder: what else is there to say? Can an author write a book on marriage that genuinely adds something of value? Thankfully, the answer is yes. And Matt Chandler’s latest, The Mingling of Souls: God’s Design for Love, Marriage, Sex, and Redemption, is a great example.”

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