Why do we value groups?

A Church is a community of people who are intentionally seeking and following Jesus Christ together. While every person is on his or her own spiritual journey, at Summit Church, we believe that you will grow in your relationship with God to the greatest extent when you are connected to other believers.

This is why Summit Church values groups. A group is collective of people that grow and are held together by some type of unifying goal. It could be healing from past pain or walking through a challenging season of life. It could be a common desire to study scripture or to go deeper in your understanding of a sermon from Sunday morning. Whatever the goal, Groups are a tool we use to deliberately focus on meaningful and spiritually-refining relationships. We believe face-to-face interaction is vital in living an abundant life as each and every person becomes more like Jesus Christ.

Bottom line: You should be in a group.

How do I join a group?

You’ll see below that there are many groups to join at Summit Church. However, not all of them are active all year. Some are seasonal and some are cyclical. Sometimes the group makeup will shift and change, sometimes groups stay the same for multiple years. 

To find more information or to register for a group, click the link next to the group you are interested in. If a group doesn’t have a link, it may be that the group is currently full, or is not currently meeting. Keep checking back for new openings! If you have any other questions, email info@summitniles.com

  • Reading and understanding the Old Testament can be difficult as it is filled with many genres of writing and themes that sometimes seem distant to us. So is the Old Testament even relevant to us today? Overwhelmingly, yes! We must remember that the Bible is one unified story that leads to Jesus. This class will help us see that our Savior is in the Old Testament as well as the New through the stories of Abraham, Jacob, Ruth, Moses, and Joseph. This 5-week study, taught by Martha Southworth, begins May 5 at 9AM in the Meeting Room A. Register HERE.

  • Financial Peace University is a 10 week class that is geared to teach you how to save for emergencies, pay off debt, spend wisely, and invest for your future. Join us as we learn basic money principles to help us get our finances back on track. Register HERE.

  • This five-week study led by Virgil Tanner explores how to read and pray the Psalms in order to bring our whole souls, exactly as they are, to God, no matter how sunny or dark they may be. This study begins April 14 at 9AM in the Meeting Rooms. *Due to room size, this class has reached capacity, and registration is closed.*

  • Join men in the Summit Church Gathering Area for early morning discussion and study before heading off to work on Wednesdays from 6-7AM. There is no need to register for this group, grab your bible and join us! 

  • This group meets Tuesdays from 8-9AM in the Worship Center at Summit Church. We will learn to pray, seeking intimacy with The Lord together. Bring your bible! There is no childcare for this group, and they do not meet on holiday weeks.

  • This is an 11-week film series unpacking the basics of the Christian faith. These well-produced films ask key questions each week like, 'Who is Jesus?' and 'Why and how do I pray?' This Alpha group is for men only and will meet at Summit Church at 6PM on Sundays, beginning January 21. Each session will have refreshments and social time, followed by a film covering that week's question, and finish with an open and honest group discussion on each topic. There is no cost for this study, but registration is required. Register HERE

  • Many men who struggle with sexual brokenness try to go it alone and believe the lie that sexual brokenness is about sex; when really, it’s about medicating pain in their lives. Despite losses—marriage, ministry, relationships, and more—they continue to return to unwanted sexual behaviors. Through "Seven Pillars," you will begin your recovery from unwanted sexual behavior with a trusted group of men on the same journey. For more info and to check out upcoming groups, email Pastor Caleb HERE.

  • This 10-month study reveals the truth and nature of sexual addiction and how women are wounded by the addicts behaviors. For women who have suffered betrayal, their healing comes from understanding the role of trauma, establishing healthy boundaries, exploring the depth of forgiveness, and learning to live in restoration. This study allows women to seek healing and explore practical tools in a group setting. For more info and to check out upcoming groups, email Kristin HERE.

  • If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, you’ve probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you’ve never faced before. However, there are people who understand and will meet you in that space. 

    GriefShare groups meet to help you face these challenges and move towards a "new normal." Each GriefShare session has three distinct elements: video seminars with experts, support group discussion, and personal study. A GriefShare group is forming now at Summit, led by Lacey Burns-Oorjitham and Meredith Schoeller. It will meet on Mondays from 6:30-8PM starting February 26 and continuing through June 3 in Meeting Room B at Summit Church. The cost for the participant guide is $22. Register HERE. Childcare is not available. 

  • Young Adults, led by Trever and Anna Harmon, consists of college students, singles, and newly married couples that are past high school age. They typically meet on Sunday evenings to study scripture and walk through the meaningful transition that is young adulthood. They are currently working through the book "Gentle and Lowly." Want to join? Email Trever and Anna for more details HERE

  • Life Groups are comprised of 8-12 people who meet at least two times per month to grow together, learning what it means to follow Christ in a relationally-refining environment. Typically, Life Groups are centered around sermon-based discussion. We are continually working at building out new life groups, so if you are interested in facilitating or joining a group, fill out this FORM

  • JOY Group meets during the school year and provides an opportunity for those with cognitive impairment to experience a worship service designed just for them. It is a group within the Special Friends Ministry at Summit Church. Register participants HERE or Volunteer HERE.

  • The goal and purpose of this group is to offer support and community during this difficult season and to walk you through divorce with Christ by your side. This is a group for those who have already been through a DivorceCare season, or whose lives have been affected by divorce and who need to talk to people who understand. This group is led by Mike & Meredith Schoeller and Mandy Jankoviak and meets relationally. For more information email info@summitniles.com.