Answers to some great questions
Where are your campuses?
Summit Church Herndon (map)
735 Herndon Avenue
Orlando, FL 32803
Summit Church Waterford (map)
11602 Lake Underhill Road
Orlando, FL 32825
Summit Lake Mary (Map)
Lake Mary High School
655 Longwood Lake Mary Road
Lake Mary, FL 32746
Summit at 33rd Street
33rd Street Orange County Jail
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General questions… and encouraging comments:
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What are your service times?
@ Herndon: Sundays, 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 6 p.m.// Thursdays, 7 p.m.
@ Waterford: Sundays, 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 6 p.m.
@ Lake Mary: Sundays, 9 a.m. & 11 a.m.
What does a Summit service look like?
We start off the service with worship. Summit has many worship bands that rotate services, with musical styles ranging from Southern Gospel to Folk to Rock. This creates space for more people’s talents and gifts to be utilized and allows for more than one band to be playing simultaneously at multiple campuses. Another benefit is that different voices, genres, and styles have the opportunity to find expression both within the bands themselves and within the congregation as a whole. As one person’s preference is found, another’s is challenged—reminding us that worship isn’t about us and what we like, it is about God. You’ll notice that the bands often play a mix of updated hymns along with current worship music.
The Campus Minister will greet the congregation and give Strategic Concerns (our form of morning announcements), to let everyone know of upcoming events and news they should be aware of, and then we continue in worship. At that point, a member of our Teaching Team gives a 30- to 35-minute sermon (at our multi-sites the sermon is presented via video—see question about multi-sites below), and then the worship band concludes the service. Once a month, this point in the service includes Communion (see question about Communion below). One of our Pastors or Campus Ministers then dismisses the congregation. There is generally not an altar call, but there are always people available to talk and pray with you after the service if you’d like.
What should I wear to service?
Walk in the doors at Summit, and you’ll see a wide variety of clothing choices, from shorts and flip-flops to dresses and ties. Be comfortable! What’s most important is that you come to worship God, lean in, and listen to what He has to teach you. We want the service to be our gift to you and for you to leave knowing that God loves you—it’s not about what you wear.
When do Children’s Ministry and Summit Students meet?
Stepping Stones (our infant to 5-year-olds) and Foothills (our K-5th graders) meet during all worship services at Herndon, Waterford, and Summit Lake Mary campuses.
@ Herndon: Summit Students: Middle School (Surge) meets on Tuesday nights at 6 p.m. Summit Students: High School (The Edge) meets on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m.
@ Waterford: Summit Students: Middle School (Surge) meets on Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m. Summit Students: High School (The Edge) meets on Tuesday nights at 6:30 p.m.
@ Lake Mary: Students who attend Lake Mary are encouraged to join the Herndon campus on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. (Be on the lookout for Student Ministries at Lake Mary coming soon!)
When does Base Camp Live! (your 30-minute family production) happen?
BCL runs throughout the school year and takes a break for the summer.
@ Herndon: BCL is on Sundays at 10:18 a.m. and 11:58 a.m.
@ Waterford: BCL occurs once a month at 10:25 a.m. and 12:25 p.m. (the first Sunday of the month)
@ Lake Mary: BCL occurs once a month at 10:25 a.m.m ad 12:25 p.m. (the first Sunday of the month)
How does Summit do Communion?
Once a month at Summit, we partake in Communion through intinction, where bread is dipped into either wine or grape juice (whichever you prefer—the glasses will be clearly labeled) before consumption. We take Communion in obedience to Christ’s command and as a reminder of His body, broken for us on the cross, and His blood, shed for our salvation.
What does “multi-site” mean?
In order to maximize the ability to impact our community and reach people, Summit is a multi-site church with several locations throughout the Orlando area. Summit campuses share the same vision, strategy, worship, and teaching. Each campus has a Campus Minister, Base Camp (Children’s Ministry), and live worship led by one of our Summit bands. The service is not live-streamed. The same sermon being taught in person at the Herndon campus is shared across our multi-sites via pre-recorded video.
Can I watch/listen to the sermon online?
Every Tuesday, a podcast of the previous Sunday’s sermon is posted here on the website, which you can download and listen to at your convenience. There is also an archive of past sermon podcasts here. We currently do not live-stream the service online.
What is the best way for me to plug in at Summit?
Looking to get more involved? Great! Here are some great next steps…
• Attend the next Newcomer’s Review (A twenty-minute Q&A directly following every service at all campuses, once a month).
• Attend a Summit Church event, such as niceSERVE or Beach Baptism. This is an excellent way to get to know people and engage in community.
• Serve the community, serve the church, join a volunteer team. (To find out more, see our Serve page.)
• Join a Summit Connect group. If Summit Connect were a dinner, groups would be the beef (unless you are a vegan, then they would be the eggplant). Groups consist of 8-12 people, learning, serving, and worshiping together for 12 to 18 months. You can find a group by attending the next Group Day, or by searching for a group online. (To find out more, see our Adults page.)
Does Summit Church have adult Sunday school?
No. We love Sunday school, but we don’t have it. We are pouring all our “Summit Connect” energy into facilitating and equipping groups. Groups meet in homes around the city and to create environments that help people draw closer to Christ and one another, while learning, serving, and worshiping together. Group meetings based in home provide safe, predictable environments, and people benefit from the consistency and accountability of groups. By participating in groups outside of the regular Sunday morning schedule, adults are free to serve in a ministry area on Sunday mornings.
Does Summit have a singles ministry?
We do not have a ministry specifically for singles. However, there are lots of ways to get plugged in at Summit and connect in Christ-centered relationships with other people in the same stage of life, whether you’re in college, single, or married. The best ways to do this at Summit are to join a Connect group and serve at Summit. We also offer classes at various times throughout the year, as well as College Bible Study. Check the Events Calendar for upcoming dates and times.
What is a Summit partner?
We call people who have made Summit their church home partners, rather than members, because we believe there is an active role people in our congregation take when coming alongside us.
How do I become a partner?
At the time you decide you would like to join us as a partner or would like to know more about Summit, we ask that you attend one of our Partnership classes (see our Partnership page for more information). You will have an opportunity after the class is over to become a partner of Summit Church.
How often do you have baptisms for adults and children?
We have an adult baptism celebration every spring and fall. Our infant dedications and baptisms are held four times a year during our church services.
How many people attend Summit?
More than 4,500 people worship with us each Sunday at our multiple campuses across Orlando.
How can I give financially at Summit?
What you do with your money matters. Thank you for being faithful in your stewardship of God’s resources through Summit. Our Leadership Team and department directors are continually about the business of prayerfully allocating funds toward specific areas of ministry to which God has called our church.
Ways to give…
There are three main ways that you can give financially at Summit: Cash, Check, and Online Giving. If you’d like to make a designated contribution to the building fund or benevolence, you can do so by simply making a note of this in the memo line of your check, or on the cash envelope. (To be redirected to our Online Giving portal, please visit the Invest page.)