In just under four weeks we’ll be celebrating what promises to be the largest worship service ever at the Summit Church. Church at the Ballpark 2011 saw over 7200 people gather from all of our campuses and all over the Triangle. What? You say you missed that? Well friend, you should take three minutes and watch the highlight reel.

(Go ahead. I’ll wait.)

I’m excited that we’re going back, and excited that we’re planning an even bigger event. We’re bringing in more chairs…more baptistery tanks…more volunteers…more moments that’ll give you something awesome to talk about around the water cooler on Monday.

But more than any of that, I’m excited that we’re going to be bringing the Gospel into the heart of Durham once more, giving thousands of people the chance to move from death to life on a September morning.

After the 2011 event, I remember having what felt like dozens of conversations with friends who were out of town because they were (at the beach / in the mountains / scattering their dog’s ashes at Disney World). All of them – without exception – said, “I wish I would’ve known what this event was going to be like. There’s no way on earth I would have missed it!”

Well, now you know. (Unless you didn’t watch the video above. Really, you need to start following instructions.) This is a huge moment in the life of our church. It’s a rare opportunity to gather the entire Summit family in one spot and to encourage each other by being together. It’s a great chance to invite friends and co-workers who might not normally attend church. It’s a massive platform for the Gospel. And on top of all that, it’s going to be insanely FUN.

One more thing I’m excited about this year…we’re going to utilize the Ballpark event to leverage generosity to our community. We’ve partnered with two of our neighboring organizations (Urban Ministries and Salvation Army Women & Children’s Shelter) to stock their supply closets with much-needed items. Think about it: thousands of us can make a huge difference for the Triangle’s homeless. Those ministries have provided us with a list of needs, simply grab what you can and drop it off at one of the trucks on your way into the park.

So Summit family, do whatever it takes to be there on Sunday, September 15th. Ask off work. Cancel that beach trip. Tell Grandma she’s going to visit you this time.

Trust me: you’ll be glad you did.

[Check out the Church at the Ballpark website for more information, logistical details, and to sign up to serve!]

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