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Plumb Lines for The Summit Church

Posted by Pastor J.D. on June 27, 2016
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This is what he showed me:
The Lord was standing by a wall that had been built true to plumb,
with a plumb line in his hand.
–Amos 7:7

Plumb lines are a series of short, pithy statements that we, at the Summit, use as rallying points—both for our staff and for the entire church. They are a way to encapsulate our theology and philosophy in short, memorable phrases. These sixteen statements form the core of our DNA as a church.

1. The gospel is not just the diving board; it’s the pool.
2. We judge our success by sending capacity, not seating capacity.
3. The church is not an audience; it’s an army.
4. People are the mission.
5. Prayer doesn’t just fuel the ministry; prayer is the ministry.
6. Live sufficiently, give extravagantly.
7. The local church is God’s “Plan A.”
8. Where trust exists, God moves.
9. The Church should reflect the diversity of its community and declare the diversity of the Kingdom.
10. Stay where you are, serve where you live, be the church in your community.
11. Discipleship happens in relationships.
12. The best ministry ideas are in the congregation.
13. We are led by the Spirit, taught by the Word.
14. When life cuts us, we want to bleed God’s Word.
15. The 1 takes priority over the 99.
16. The question is no longer if you’re called; it’s only where and how.

If you’re curious to see some of our past “plumb lines” (some of which stayed the course and others of which were laid to rest), check out this post from 2011: 35 Values I Wished I Had Possessed When I Started Pastoring 10 Years Ago.

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11 responses to Plumb Lines for The Summit Church

  1. Terry Rathman June 27, 2016 at 7:58 am

    This list is excellent but perhaps to be complete, except for #13, each should be prefaced by ‘Through the Holy Spirit’. i know this is understood but we constantly need to be reminded Who is doing the ‘saving’ and real moving. Of course, we need His discernment to see where He is in action.

  2. Chris Pappalardo June 27, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    Terry, you are 100% correct! Not one bit of this can be done without the work of the Holy Spirit. And though it isn’t explicit in these plumb lines, not one bit of this should be done with any other goal than for making God’s glory great. If we forgot who is actually in control, and whose kingdom we’re working for, then none of this will make any difference.

  3. Shouldn’t #5 be #1? Just making a silly comment.

  4. Chris Pappalardo June 29, 2016 at 11:06 am

    Zach, you may be kidding, but we legitimately had that conversation. “If it’s first, shouldn’t it … um, be first?” In the end, we kept this somewhat arbitrary ordering, because as soon as we thought about RANKING these, it became a mess. (What’s more important, Bible or prayer? Mission or gospel?) So #16 isn’t any less important than #1.

    But we appreciate your silliness and your attention to detail. :)

  5. I am loving these plumb lines – before bed reading and prayer. Thank you, Pastor J.D.

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