29 May Sent: City Project and Second City | Pray With Us
On Tuesday, May 24, more than 100 students checked in for orientation for our three GoNow programs this summer: City Project, Second City, and Second City Marketplace. Each of these students has committed to leverage their summer to know Jesus more and make him known in a strategic context.
82 students are participating in City Project, an 8-week discipleship and missions program that takes place in 3 different cities: New York City, Durham, and one of our 9 international locations. Students go to Queens, NYC for a week to partner with a ministry called Global Gates by engaging Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists with the gospel. They then spend 4 weeks in Durham living in community, being discipled and equipped to make disciples, and receiving practical theological and ministry training. As a response to the gospel, they will also serve the local church and community through internships. The last 2 weeks of the summer, they will travel to their international locations to serve alongside church planters from The Summit Church.
12 are part of Second City, a 2-month missions program in an international context. We are sending 3 teams of students: 2 of them to 2 different locations in South Asia, and one to Eastern Europe. For each of these locations, our teams will partner with and serve international church planters from The Summit Church, spending the majority of their time doing what we call broad gospel sowing, which means to “sow seeds” of the gospel by sharing it, praying for people who will be receptive to this message of Jesus, and connecting those interested in learning more to our long-term partners.
12 are part of Second City Marketplace, GoNow’s newest program. The majority of these students are City Project graduates who will be spending the summer doing internships in Triangle, living alongside City Project students in Durham, seeking God together, and being trained by members of The Summit Church about how to intersect faith and work. At the Summit Church, we believe the next wave of international missions will happen through the wings of business, so Second City Marketplace is a unique opportunity to equip our students to be used by God in the workplace.
For these last several days of orientation, students have been training for their specific projects, spending lots of time bonding with their team members, and remembering the beauty and worthiness of Jesus. He lived obediently in perfect holiness, died on a cross in our place for our sin, and was raised from the dead in glory. This love compels us to live not for ourselves but for him, sharing the good news of the gospel with people who have never heard it.
Last night, our students were commissioned at The Summit Church’s Brier Creek Campus. Today, our City Project students are headed to New York City, and our Second City teams are departing for their international locations. As these students and staff are sent, we are asking that you would come alongside us in prayer. We know that prayer unleashes God’s power, and it is a joy to invite you to join in God’s mission by praying for these students.
City Project | How to Pray:
- For our students to live and grow as disciples who are with Jesus, being changed by Jesus, and on mission with Jesus
- For our evangelism teams to be unified
- For our students to grow in dependence on the Holy Spirit, and find their identity in Jesus rather than how their ministry goes
- For God to raise people in Queens, who have come from other nations, from death to life
Second City | How to Pray:
- For our students to prioritize being with Jesus
- That our students would – in response to the gospel – serve one another, and serve the nations by serving their cities and field partners
- For unity on teams; for God to prepare them for healthy conflict
- For our international field partners to have joyful perseverance in their ministries, and that they’d be encouraged by these teams