About

Mission & Vision

The Summit Institute (TSI) is the equipping ministry of The Summit Church. TSI exists to equip the church for God’s mission by focusing on three main initiatives:

Equip Disciples – Our desire and goal is to create biblically grounded, accessible, and relevant resources. We use these resources to train and equip disciple-makers as they faithfully and fully engage in the mission of God.

Develop Leaders – Jesus’ vision of the church was not an audience gathered around a few anointed leaders but an army of leaders sent out, in the power of the Spirit, to take the gospel to the world. Our goal is to develop thousands of such leaders, men and women who will leverage their lives for God’s mission in every sphere of society.

Engage Culture – In order to fulfill the Great Commission, disciples need training so they can faithfully engage culture through their circles of influence. We offer a variety of equipping formats and environments (forums, debates, training courses, conferences) in order to help disciples grapple with life’s most difficult questions and impact culture with an informed biblical worldview.

Values & Philosophy

The Summit Institute aims to holistically train and equip Christians by using various teaching styles. This helps ensure that participants can develop convictions about the training material, with the goal that every participant own and apply what he or she is learning. TSI is about much more than mere information transfer. Scripture teaches that the church’s mission is to equip disciples who have the knowledge, skills, and competency to make new disciples (2 Timothy 2:2).

TSI’s Training Triangle (Teach, Model, Apply) is used as a philosophical and practical guide as we develop our resources. Maintaining balance between the three areas of the Triangle helps us build our people up, not simply in some areas but in all areas and for every good work (2 Timothy 3:10-17).

Teach
Romans 12:2; Ephesians 1:8
TSI aims to teach disciples the truth of Scripture, showing them how that truth both informs and fuels their personal worship, motivating affections, and core convictions. The truth of Scripture fosters an ongoing lifestyle of obedience as we apply God’s Word to every area of our life. In order to learn truth and understand the implications of that truth in our daily lives, we need both formal and informal teaching environments.

Model
Matthew 4:19, 28:20; 2 Timothy 2:2,3:10-17
TSI utilizes relevant models and examples to help disciples develop competency and confidence as they apply biblical truth in everyday life. Because our small groups are the primary vehicle for life-on-life discipleship here at the Summit, our training resources are intentionally designed to be experienced within the rhythm of the small group. Experiencing this training alongside a small group community catalyzes disciples as they grow in gospel maturity.

Apply
John 14:21-24; James 1:22-25
TSI’s ultimate aim is to equip disciples who submit to the truth of Scripture, who are fueled by Spirit-filled affections, who continually grow in gospel maturity, and who make other disciples (who make disciples!). Every resource from TSI will create applications that are communal, attainable, repeatable, and simple—CARS, for short.

TSI Leadership

Bowe Butler

Bowe Butler

Executive Director

Pri Garach

Pri Garach

Director of Equipping & Managing Editor

Mike McDaniel

Mike McDaniel

Director of Leadership Development

Eric Stortz

Eric Stortz

Director of Cultural Engagement

Josh Miller

Josh Miller

Director of Ministry Development

Lesley Hildreth

Lesley Hildreth

Collaborator & Teacher

Chris Green

Chris Green

Collaborator & Teacher