Our vision is to spiritually influence every county in Arkansas and plant 100 churches in North America.

Planting a Summit Network Church

Watch this video of our Directional Pastor, Kyle Reno, explaining what a Summit Network Church is alongside Kyle Fowler, Lead Pastor of our first network church, The Summit Church | Bentonville.


What is a Summit Network Church?
A Summit Network Church is a church planted outside of Central Arkansas in a different geographical region of our state that will carry the Summit name as well as the same mission, vision, strategy, and values as The Summit Church in Central Arkansas.
How does a Summit Network Church operate differently than our current locations in Central Arkansas?
A Summit Network Church will have the opportunity to use everything we produce at The Summit, but is not required to operate within the same ministry calendars or sermon series. All Summit locations around our state will connect around a couple of key vision-casting seasons or emphasis each year. Summit Network Churches will not receive ongoing support by our Central Team (communications, finance, facilities).
Will we plant more Summit Network Churches in the future?
Yes. We believe that this method of church-planting in other regions of our state can be reproduced over and over again, helping us cooperate with God to accomplish our 20/20 vision of spiritually influencing every county in Arkansas and planting 100 churches in North America. A small percentage of each Summit Network Church's budget will pay it forward for future church-planting in The Summit Network.
Will we plant more church locations in Central Arkansas?
Yes. We believe that we will plant more church locations in Central Arkansas in the same format that we have in the past in Conway, Saline County, and Vilonia.
How will we support and resource a Summit Network Church?
The church planter, or lead pastor, will be sent to plant with partial funding for the first two years. This funding is a percentage that is set aside from our regular One Fund giving at The Summit. The planter must raise supplemental financial support outside of this pre-determined amount set by our Elders. The Summit will provide a church planting launch package as well as access to all future best-practices and resources.
What type of leadership accountability is given to a Summit Network Church?
A Summit Network Church must be an elder-led church. The lead pastor will be sent out to plant with the oversight of several leaders, current Summit Elders, and Bill Elliff (Founding & National Engage Pastor, leader of the Summit Send Church Planting Residency) as an advisory board for a season, until local Elders can be elected. Long-term leadership and connectivity is maintained by our Directional Pastor, Executive Pastors, and National Engage Pastor.  

What are the determining factors for sending someone to plant a Summit Network Church?
The future lead pastor must meet the biblical qualifications of a pastor and elder and complete the one-year Summit Send Church Planting Residency.  The Directional Elders of the Summit (in Central Arkansas) must affirm the calling of the church planter and determine if God is initiating the planting of a new Summit Network Church in a different geographical region of our state.