Develop Leaders

Jesus made an audacious claim to his disciples: that it was better for them for him to go away, because they would do even greater things through the power of the Spirit than if he had stayed (John 16:7; 14:12). That claim is no less true today. Jesus’ vision of the church is not an audience gathered around a few anointed leaders, but an army of leaders sent in the power of the Spirit to take the gospel to the world.

Our goal is to develop thousands of such leaders to leverage their lives for God’s mission in all domains of society, from the church to the marketplace. These training opportunities are designed to help make that happen.

Not sure where you fit? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions and we’ll help you find which opportunity is right for you.


Specialized training for people looking to serve the church in particular areas of ministry

International Church Planting

Has God called you overseas? The International Church Planting Cohort provides intentional training and development for those who are preparing to move overseas for two years or more in the next one to two years. Participants receive quality training from current and former missionaries and intentional coaching from the Summit’s international missions team.

First Impressions (High Capacity Volunteers)

The First Impressions Cohort is an eight month round-table group designed to bring high capacity volunteer leaders together from each campus. Every month we’ll read through a different book that feeds the guest services philosophy at the Summit. Those books will serve as a springboard to practical conversations and best practices to help you welcome guests and point them to the gospel. (Prerequisite: service on a First Impressions Team, recommendation from your campus FI Director). To inquire, email Danny Franks at


Ministry opportunities which equip disciples to be leaders in the church


The Summit Ministry Internship is a 9-mo,12 hr/wk position intended for men and women who are exploring a call to ministry. The program combines focused hands-on experience in a particular ministry area, training, and intentional mentorship to help participants grow in their leadership ability and clarify their calling. You can even gain seminary credit along the way. Ministry opportunities include: students, small groups, worship, local outreach, kids, missions, church planting, connections, sermon planning, etc.


The Counseling Internship is a volunteer opportunity for students completing a Masters or Doctoral degree in a counseling-related field. Participants provide 150 hours of counseling per year while receiving 75 hours of supervision. Participation requires at least a one year commitment and availability from 3pm to 9pm for counseling hours one day weekly. For more information and an application packet, e-mail


Ministry opportunities which equip church leaders to be “ministers” of the gospel


The Summit Ministry Apprenticeship is a 2-year, 25 hr/wk, support-based position designed to equip men for pastoral ministry and women for vocational ministry. Apprenticeship combines in-depth training, meaningful responsibility and intentional mentorship to equip participants to step into full-time ministry. You can even gain seminary credit. Men and women looking for intentional investment in a gospel-saturated environment should apply.


Training opportunities which equip people to start new ministries and churches

Church Planting & Revitalization

One-part leadership finishing school, one-part church planting incubator, one-part gospel DNA, church planting residency is a 9-mo training experience designed to equip lead pastors to plant or replant gospel-centered churches. Residents gather twice a month for training and coaching with seasoned pastors and planters. Full-time residents serve on staff and prepare to be sent from the Summit Church or a partner church. Part-time residents participate while leading their churches.

Summit College

Summit College Staff equips college graduates to “Go Now” to the college campuses in the Triangle. Through this 2-year intensive program, college graduates or young professionals are equipped in ministry leadership through team development, practical theology/leadership training, and local church ministry at the Summit. Each SC Staff member is assigned to a specific university in the Triangle, where their mission is to lead college students towards Christ and his church by making “disciples who make disciples” of all nations.


Worship Residency is a comprehensive, catalytic training program designed to equip vocational worship leaders with a solid foundation for a lifetime of faithful worship ministry. One-part boot camp, one-part finishing school, and one-part think tank, residents gain special access to Summit Worship staff for hands-on coaching, direction, and support, providing you with an invaluable season of leadership experience and increased confidence to lead God’s people in biblical worship.