As Summit Network continues assessment for the 2016/17 residency class, we asked one of our current residents, Louis Tamburro, to share his experience with potential residents. 

Why Summit Network?

As I write this blog, I’m preparing to leave for a retreat with my Executive & Community Groups Pastors. The previous months have been filled with lots of discernment, training & planning & now it’s time to take the training wheels off as we prepare to plant in East Orlando. It’s time to put some meat on these bones that we’re calling City Awakening – much thanks to the Summit Network Residency for helping us get this far.

Now if you’re a church planter and you’re considering planting, I want to give you two reasons why you should pursue planting with Summit Network. I could give more than two but in my mind these are primary:

#1 Training

Before joining up with Summit Network I already had 10 years of ministry experience – 2 years as a youth pastor, 6 years in a revitalization, and 2 years as a church planter. I had attended church planting training, conferences, seminars, and boot camps. Yet none can compare to the training I’ve received in Summit Network’s Residency. This may sound self-serving but they are without a doubt the strongest church planting network I’ve been a part of.

Our training is theological, gospel-centered, relevant, practical, and current. I thought I had a lot of experience coming into this thing, but the Residency has challenged and sharpened me beyond my expectations. Spiritually I’ve developed a deeper dependency upon God. Practically I’ve developed a clear blueprint for planting:

  • Raising financial support
  • Developing & implementing a strategic vision
  • Developing, training & equipping teams
  • Determining who my first hire should
  • Attaining a non-profit status

The list could go on. In addition to training content, I’ve had the privilege of learning from planters with ‘boots on the ground’ across North America.  The training I’ve received is among the best of my ministry career and I’d put it up against any other training out there.

#2 Brotherhood

But there’s more to planting a church than great training – you need a brotherhood. As excited as I am to start planting in 2016, there’s a part of me that feels like I’ve been punched in the soul. Why? Because I’m going to miss the Summit Network family and my residency brothers. It’s not that we won’t keep in touch, because we will. It’s just that I’m going to miss the frequency of our meetings.

These men have become my family. Summit Network really is a brotherhood and if you’re a church planter, you need a brotherhood. See church planting is a lot like boxing. You train, get a game plan, bite down on your mouthpiece, and then you get punched in the mouth! Repeatedly! It’s going to happen in church planting. You’re going to have a hard time raising funds, finding a location & dealing with the intense workload that’s required of planters. You’re going to get punched in the mouth. Repeatedly! So if you’re a church planter, I suggest you get a mouthpiece, a bible, and a brotherhood that will be in your corner to help you up when you get knocked down.

The Summit Network Residency provides you with that brotherhood. You don’t have to be a ‘lone wolf’! You’re a part of a brotherhood that supports each other to make much of Jesus’ name. So to my boys Chip, Kyle, Ryan, D.A., and Corbin, let’s go family! Put the mouth piece in and let’s go plant some churches for our big brother Jesus! I’ve got your back, and I know you have mine. Brotherhood!

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.

Summit Network is currently accepting applications for the 2016/17 residency class.  If you are a proven leader with a strong call to church planting we’d love to be in touch.  You can learn more and apply by visiting TheSummitNetwork.com/#plant.