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Connect Class - Week 4 | Discipleship Environments





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At Summit Crossing, we desire to see discipleship happen in all of life, where we submit to King Jesus every day and in every way.

This is loving God with your whole being: head, heart, and hands.

So what are the primary Discipleship Environments where we seek to see this happen?

corporate gatherings

what are they?

Our Corporate Gatherings are when the entire Summit Crossing Limestone body comes together for the primary purpose of knowing and worshiping King Jesus. These typically take place on Sunday mornings.

Our typical liturgy is as follows:

    *singing the word and prayer
    *reading and exposition of the text

Though transformation will always happen when true worship is taking place, our end goal is always worship, not transformation. Worship is an end goal in and of itself. 

We are drawn into worship through knowing God on a deeper level, so we seek to know the gospel more fully every time we gather.

We desire for our gatherings to be a picture of the kingdom come, on earth, as is it heaven.

what is my next step?

Just show up and engage.

Don't be afraid to come early and stay late. Engage as you are comfortable in corporate worship through song. Take notes and seek to learn during the preaching. Participate in prayer and communion.

missional community

what are they?

A Missional Community is a group of approximately 8-20 people that seek to be a family of servant missionaries who desire to connect with God and each other in the gospel, and live out the gospel in the world around them.

The goal of Missional Community is not primarily knowledge (Bible study) or even personal transformation (counseling session). The primary goal is to live out the gospel in obedience to the great commission: to make disciples that make disciples in all of life.

There are two primary ways this happens:

    *These typically take place in someone's home.
    *These could be anything from a time of fellowship to an intense study of the Scriptures,
    seeking to follow in obedience to King Jesus in all of life.
    *This is a place other than the church building or a home.
    *The goal of third places is to get into the surrounding community to display and declare the gospel.

    *This does not require the entire Missional Community to be there for it to be successful.


To display and declare to the world around us the good news of the kingdom, we need each other. We cannot do this alone.

34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
John 14:34-35


What is my next step?

To engage in Missional Community, talk with the Pastor of Missional Life about which group will be best for you (and your family). 

Typical factors we need to know:

  • Are there any nights of the week that are not possible for me to gather with a group?
  • Where do you live?
  • Are there any specific missional passions you have?

From there, you will meet the leader and begin receiving group communication. 

You are a part of the Missional Community you join. You are family. Do not be afraid to engage.


A consumer will critique and find faults, but they do not see themselves as responsible to be a part of the solution.


A team member will critique and find faults because they care about the health of the body, but they see themselves as responsible to be a part of the solution.


what are they?

Our Serve Teams are groups that serve among our body and out in the community. They are an opportunity to live out our identity of discipleship as we serve and go on mission.

By serving on these teams, we model to each other what it means to follow Jesus by serving and loving one another and the world around us.

Our Serve Teams serve in three ways:

    *service and mission toward each other within the body
    *service and mission toward our local community
    *service and mission to the nations

what is my next step?


Look through the service areas and find an area to serve where you can flourish. To begin, fill out the form online at


Reactive service is when we respond to a need and fill a gap. This can be a great sacrificial way to serve short-term, but it can be detrimental to individual and group health long-term.


Proactive service is engaging in areas where God has gifted you. This will allow you and the group you are a part of to flourish. To find this area will often require community and conversations.

If you do not yet know where your gift sets are, plan a meeting with one of our pastors to talk through that.


Look through the local missions we are engaged with and find an area to serve. To begin, fill out the form online at

Ideally, you will serve with your Missional Community, but if there is a local mission that you are passionate about, then please feel free to jump right in. 


Listen for announcements about upcoming trips.

You can be engaged in God's global plan in many ways:

  • PRAY
  • GO
  • SEND


what are they?

DNA Groups are gender specific and are comprised of 3-5 people regularly meeting together for the purpose of intense personal growth and transformation through the power of the gospel.

Each group makes a 6 month commitment to be a part, after which they can choose to recommit for the next 6 months or look to find another group.

*It is important to be with people that you are comfortable with in these groups.

Each group picks a 3-6 month track with a focused area of study.

*i.e. Parenting, Systematic Theology, Marriage, Singleness, Global Mission, Racial Reconciliation, etc.

what is my next step?

Begin engaging in a DNA group. 

*Since groups are very small and personalized, this Discipleship Environment can sometimes take some time to get plugged into.

Groups are formed one of three ways:

    *A group can form based off of people who know each other through other Discipleship Environments at Summit Crossing.
    *Together, they can choose a track to pursue.

    *If there is a specific track you wish to go on, contact the Pastor of Missional Life, and he will work to pair you with others who desire to go on the same track.
    *If you don't have another place you wish to start, we can pair you up with others who are in similar seasons of life. 

equipping classes

what are they?

Equipping Classes are typically 4-6 weeks and have the goal of equipping disciples toward growth in specific areas. This takes place in a classroom environment.

what is my next step?

Listen for upcoming classes and register for the ones that you desire to participate in.

bible studies

what are they?

Bible Studies can be anywhere from 4-12 weeks and have the goal of equipping disciples through focused and intense study of the Scriptures.

what is my next step?

Listen for upcoming classes and register for the ones that you desire to participate in.

what about membership?

our heart behind membership

Membership at Summit Crossing is something that we do not take lightly.

Because of that, we ask people to be a part of our community for a little bit before they completely join. We also ask for a level of commitment in some areas, primarily the Corporate Gatherings, Missional Community, and our Serve Teams. 

So why is membership important? Because we need each other.

Eph 3:7-10, 17-19
7 Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God's grace, which was given me by the working of his power. 8 To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9 and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God, who created all things, 10 so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.
17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

The plan of the mystery is for God to get glory through Christ and his multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-social, multi-generational bride.

And only together with the saints can we begin to comprehend this love that surpasses knowledge, this filling of all fulness.

We are one body, empowered by one Spirit, and with many gifts. Together, we can be a picture of Christ - literally His body here on earth.

This requires all of us! The purpose of shepherds and teachers, etc, is to equip the saints for the work of the Spirit.

Church leaders should be in place for the saints to do the work, not to do the work for the saints, which means that every member matters.

In I Corinthians we are reminded that every gift matters. But it all culminates with the “more excellent way”, which is love. This is what drives us to be members together, the love of Jesus. By this we display to the world that we are His disciples.

All the gifts are given to point people to Christ, to lead them to worship and to see His glory. But when that happens fully, the one thing that will remain is love. We won’t need teachers, because we will be with the Truth. We won’t need healings because we will be with the great Physician. We won’t need prophesy, because we will be with the First and the Last, the Alpha and Omega. We won’t need faith because we will see face to face. We won’t need hope because we will have received that for which we hoped. But love will last for eternity. 

what is the process? 

At this point, we typically have a three month waiting period for people who are just beginning to engage in community life at Summit Crossing. If there are no hesitations, at that point you will be sent a membership covenant to sign and you will be a member.


Connect ClassJoel McCarty