By Isabelle Ingalls The day I flew into Colorado for staff training, it was storming. Threatening clouds covered the airport, and the winds forced us to circle the flight path again and again. Twice, three times, four, five; I began to worry as we repeatedly had to turn away from Pikes Peak. When the pilot announced that we had only enough fuel for one more circle before being forced to return to Denver, I had an… Read More →Love Goes Further: My Experience Staffing at Summit
In today’s culture students are looking for meaning but also community. Many fear that standing for the truth of a biblical worldview will leave them isolated and alone. That’s where Summit came to the rescue of Rayann, a student attending Summit’s first session of the summer. Rayann was recently adopted by a Christian family and surrendered her life to Jesus. Hoping to spend time “alone with Jesus” this summer, she discovered Summit through an internet… Read More →Students learn true identity at Summit Conference
Spring Branch, TX | 18 years old My phone broke on the very first morning. I spilled water on my bed. I caught a cold. I had to take two very cold showers. And I had the best time of my life. These unforgettable past two weeks at Summit Ministries have been a game changer in my life and walk with God, and despite any mishaps, I wouldn’t give them up for the world. My… Read More →Rebecca James
Bellaire, TX | 17 years old “Beep Beep Beep,” my alarm was going off on the second Wednesday of session three; it was time for the “Manly Man Hike.” I struggled with two options — roll back over and get another hour of sleep or get up and get moving. Thankfully I chose the first. The trail was easy at first, but as it sloped upwards it became increasingly more difficult. As I hiked up… Read More →Cole Reynolds
Auburn, AL | 20 years old When I was asked to write a blog about my experience at Summit Ministries, it became hard to put into words the immense impact it has had on my life in just two short months. Coming into the staff for my first time gave me a lot of anxiety and questions. I did not feel qualified. However, I quickly learned that God chooses ordinary people to accomplish the extraordinary.… Read More →Maddie Krajeski – Staff
Ashland, OH | 19 years old Many things could be said about what being on staff at Summit is like. I could talk about the incredible leadership, great friendships, brilliant lectures and of course, the surrounding beauty of the mountains. However, one theme rises above all the others: The importance of truth and relationship. Never have I seen such a vivid picture of what truth and relationship intertwined looks like then while working alongside this… Read More →Caleb Karnosh
AnnaClaire shares about her Summit experience in the beginning and in the very end of her time at Summit Colorado.
Summit teachers actually encouraged us to come to our own conclusions instead of taking their word on it. At the end of the day, they wanted us to go through the Bible to find for ourselves what it says about Marxism, homosexuality, and feminism; then they challenged us to go to history and science books to test for truth.
It is a rare occasion to witness within our society an act of responsibility, selflessness, or sacrifice. Yet I have seen dozens of these “rare moments” within any given minute here at Summit. I observed people love God through every action of everyday; and yes, the proverbial idea of becoming like those you hang around thankfully rings true. If you want to experience God’s love reflected off humans that are trying their best, Summit wants you too.
As soon as I heard about Summit in the spring of 2015, I knew it was something I had to do. Fast forward to the spring of 2016 and I got accepted to receive the scholarship. What followed was two weeks of Coloradan beauty, excellent fellowship, and unparalleled teaching.
If you are deliberating about whether or not you should come to Summit Ministries, ask yourself the following: Are you about to enter college and have questions that you want answered? Do you want to build bonds with fellow Christians? Would you like to be able to freely speak without the worry of losing friends or loved ones? If you said “yes” to any of these, I recommend you apply.
I’ve lived under the “buckle of the bible belt” for my entire life, but I never realized how much I was letting different worldviews influence my life, primarily through books and movies. John Stonestreet and Steve Greisen encouraged us to never turn our minds off to the messages portrayed in media, or else we wouldn’t be able to stop them from influencing our thoughts and actions.