"Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations"
At Summit we believe strongly in the mission to go and make disciples. To that end, we support ministries here in Maine and around the world. Our ministry partnerships represent a commitment that we as a body of believers have made to the selfless individuals who work to further the kingdom of God.
Joni & Friends: New England
Based in Lawrence, Massachusetts, this Joni and Friends Area Ministry serves the six New England states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. We work with local churches and organizations to provide outreach programs that minister help and hope to those who face the daily challenges of life with a disability. We’re committed to reaching individuals and families affected by disability in our community with the love of Christ.
Joni and Friends puts on three Family Retreats during the summer. One retreat in June hosts families of adults affected by disability. One August retreat hosts families with children affected by a disability while the third hosts a mix of adults and children.
Rus Willette: Navigators
Every Navigator’s passion is to help others to know Christ, make Him known, and help others do the same. Through small-group Bible studies and Life-to-Life discipleship, we come alongside people and teach them to be Christ’s followers as they study and apply the Word of God to chart their lives. Then we train them to pass what they have learned on to others.
Jordyn Cram: Navigators
As a college student in Maine I was trying to create an identity for myself in grades, relationships, and anything I could find but none of it seemed to work. That’s when a friend brought me to The Navigators meeting for the first time and I was introduced to a community of new but genuine friends. Through my time in The Navigators as a student I came to know Christ for myself, and by my senior year I decided I wanted to join staff to help other students just like me. Now I get to be part of creating the John 13:34-35 loving community that drew me in as a student and show students the true fulfillment of a life following Christ. I get to meet with students, currently at the University of Connecticut, to help them learn how to read the Bible and to equip them to reach their friends with the gospel, and I pray that as they move towards graduation we will get to send teams of disciplemakers out into the cities and nations from UConn and the northeast as a whole.
The Root Cellar
The Root Cellar was established in 1984 in a dirt floor church basement in Portland, Maine. Recognizing the need for a place where teens could come as an alternative to the streets, and in some cases their homes. Christian volunteers provided a positive place where the area youth could drop in for food, games and friendship. Over the next decade, programs for kids and adults began to take shape as The Root Cellar became an independent non-profit organization supported by volunteers from multiple area churches and denominations. In 2001, completion of a brand new facility at 94 Washington Ave. in Portland enabled the organization to properly host the dozens of programs offered as well as allow for new program ideas. In 2009, The Root Cellar opened a second site in Lewiston – Maine’s 2nd largest city. Located in the heart of the residential downtown neighborhoods. The Root Cellar is committed to bringing enriching services to neighboring youth and their families.
After more than 30 years of hard work and determination, The Root Cellar is still committed as ever to serving and loving our neighbors.
Young Life: Sebago
Young Life is a non-profit, non-denominational Christian outreach to high school-aged kids. It is now in more than 800 communities nationwide and in 53 countries around the world. Young Life seeks to provide a creative and healthy environment in which students can investigate and evaluate the Christian Faith. Young Life Gorham volunteers and staff reach out to adolescents through volunteers, staff, club meetings, and camps. Young Life is open to high school students of any or no faith background.
Everyone is welcome in Young Life! Our programs are custom made for kids throughout their adolescent years. Young Life is the name of our organization and is also the term we use for our program with high school students. We call our middle school program WyldLife. The initiative for college and university students is called Young Life College.
Young Life’s multicultural ministry, focused on kids in diverse cultural communities and those in economically-depressed areas, is arguably the largest of its kind in the United States. We refer to our ministry to kids with disabilities as Capernaum and to our work with teen moms as YoungLives. In a partnership with Military Community Youth Ministries, Young Life reaches military teens through a program called Club Beyond. The Small Towns initiative brings Young Life to communities of fewer than 25,000 people.
Christian pastors and ministry leaders need to thrive in their ministry call, not just survive. No leader is meant to ride solo, although they often do. Pastors need someone they can trust who will ask them “How’s your soul?” and then listen without judgement. Mentoring is preventative care by nature, providing safe accountability, direction, prayerful support and encouragement to stay the course and finish well as led by God.
Nick Topor: Cru Lifelines
Cru’s mission is to help people know Jesus, grow in their faith, and go to the world. Lifelines is a ministry of Cru that shares this same mission, yet approaches it with a unique strategy – through experiential learning and often outside in God’s creation. Based in Portland, ME, the Lifelines Northeast team takes college students from around New England on adventures like rock climbing, hiking, whitewater rafting, etc.—not just for adventure’s sake, but because throughout history we see God teaching His people in a similar way; through shared experience.
Not only do I get to lead trips for colleges all across the Northeast (NY to ME), I also get to help with the local campus ministries near Portland, leading Bible studies and outreach events on campus as well as discipling young men in their spiritual journeys.
Kristy Engel: Global Consultant
Kristy Engel is a global consultant with a focus on health care issues. She is trained as a pediatric nurse practitioner and holds a Masters Certificate in international nutrition. Kristy served for 12 years in the Dominican Republic, leading mobile medical clinics and International Ministries relief efforts following the 2010 Haiti earthquake. As a global consultant, Kristy is able to visit countries in need of health assessments, ongoing education, health team visits or other forms of collaboration during crisis and non-crisis situations. Her goals are to empower local leaders, to help communities recognize their strengths and understand how to make better use of their resources and to build relationships that increase the health of populations around the world through innovation, networking and encouragement.
Mission of Love Orphanage: Zambia
Jako and Amber Joubert and their 2 boys, Jakob and Jeremiah, started Mission of Love Orphanage in 2006. The orphanage is located in the heart of the bush in Mukamba, Zambia. The vision of the orphanage is to bring the love of Jesus Christ to the children of Zambia through physical and spiritual means.
Mission: to teach the word of God so that people can know the truth about the Creator. To see tribes and nations becoming one and worship God the Father as the King of kings and Lord of lords. To make disciples of Jesus Christ, so that we all will be new creations in Jesus Christ.