Family Ministries

Partnering with families to raise a generation for Christ


Summit Family Ministries (birth–12th grade) exists to partner with families to see the next generation love Jesus and be passionate about his mission.

Partnering with Families

You’ve most likely heard the phrase “partnering with families,” but what exactly does that mean at the Summit? Simply put, we believe that the Bible teaches that the church and the family are called to work together to see our kids come to faith in Christ and continue to grow in him. Our aim is to lock arms with families through ongoing ministry and resourcing to see those hopes and prayers become a reality.


The Summit’s discipleship process for children progresses through age-appropriate ministries we call “phases.” Every ministry phase is designed to equip parents and engage the next generation with the gospel so that they love Christ and his mission wholeheartedly.

Phase 1: Nursery (ages 0–2)

Goal: To help parents embrace their role as the primary discipler of their kids. To help kids experience the love of Christ in a safe environment that fosters spiritual growth at home.

Events/Programs: Summit Kids nursery

Milestone Event: Parent Commissioning—a celebration of parents’ commitment to disciple their children to love Christ.

Phase 2: Preschool (ages 3–5)

Goal: To engage kids with the beauty of Christ by introducing themes of the gospel through Scripture. To engage parents in the pursuit of a family worship time at home.

Events/Programs: Summit Kids preschool, Awana, Family Worship Night, Kids Week

Phase 3: Elementary (grades K–4)

Goal: To provide avenues for kids to see the whole story of God in Scripture, especially through Bible knowledge and memorization. To provide outlets for parents to disciple their kids in the fruit of the gospel.

Events/Programs: Small groups, Awana, Family Worship Night, Kids Week, Kids Camp, Gospel & Baptism class, family mission trips

Phase 4: Middle School (grades 5–8)

Goal: To reach, equip, and disciple students and parents to understand not just the “what” but also the “why” of the gospel and its implications in the life of every believer (godly character, healthy relationships, love for others, prayer and Bible study, living on mission).

Events/Programs: Small groups, Elevate worship service, Parent Equip classes, Fall Retreat, Kids Camp, mission trips

Phase 5: High School (grades 9–12)

Goal: To fully equip students for every good work in Christ Jesus as they live life on mission. To help parents begin the process of launching students into their next season of life.

Events/Programs: Small groups, Fall Retreat, Summer Camp, short-term missions, Elevate Summer Project, weekenders, corporate worship, Senior Commissioning, Parent Equip classes, Student Equip classes