Thirty years ago, as a teenager, I stepped into the lobby of the Summit hotel, met Dr. Noebel and said, “I hope you have a lot of answers, because I have a lot of questions.” I still can’t believe I said something so arrogant. But it didn’t bother Doc at all. He just replied, “Fair enough, but first I have a question for you: How would you like to have something worth living for that you’d be willing to die for?” That heroic vision of life in Christ has dominated my thinking and decision making ever since.
Having the opportunity to provide leadership to our Summit team is a dream come true for me. This month, I’d like to tell you about several significant initiatives our Summit team is undertaking and how they represent a significant leap forward for preparing godly, courageous leaders in our nation.
Summit Hotel Upgrades: Now the Safest Building in Manitou
By the time you read this, we’ll be well underway with our summer program in Colorado and will have begun our brand new two-week program in California, on the campus of Biola University. We are anticipating one of our highest levels of enrollment ever.
One of the most humbling things I do is watch our staff get the Summit Hotel ready for the summer. It’s a huge amount of work and was an even bigger task this year because the cleaning crew was following on the heels of the construction crew as they put the final touches on the largest upgrade to the hotel in Summit’s history — the addition of a robust life-safety system, including a sprinkler system, fire exits, a fire-rated stair tower (which has actually become a beautifully finished main access through all floors of the hotel), and many other upgrades.
One student, Joshua, arrived two days before the first session and said of the staff he saw cheerfully preparing the building, “I witnessed firsthand the amount of dedication and some of the crucial preparation that the staff went through to get Summit ready to receive students. These Summit staffers are a dedicated group of young individuals that believe they can be witnesses for Christ in our culture.”
Next Phase for the Summit Hotel: Preparing for Year-Round Use
The safety of our students is our highest priority, and you can imagine how pleased the Summit team was when the fire inspector in our area recently proclaimed the remodeled Summit Hotel to be the safest building in Manitou Springs. We are so grateful for the financial support that made this phase possible and very much appreciate your prayer for continued upgrades that will prepare the building for handicap accessibility and year-round use (right now, the hotel is closed eight months of the year).
Summit Curriculum: Updated to Reach a Whole New Generation
Our curriculum team has also been busy updating and enriching Summit’s signature curriculum, Understanding the Times, which helps Christian school and homeschool students understand the times in which they live and know what they should do as responsible citizens (1 Chronicles 12:32). That is the true purpose of education. More than 50 leading experts in theology, philosophy, economics, and more have served as researchers, subject matter experts, and editors.
How Can We Help You?
We still have space in our Summit course in Tennessee, so get in touch right away if you have students you think should attend. Also, if you are interested in curricula or other educational opportunities offered by Summit, including the curriculum and our Summit Semester program in Colorado, please contact our office at 719-685-9103 or browse www.summit.org.
In a world enslaved to falsehood, Summit focuses on preparing students to live in alignment with God’s design, shape their loves, and strengthen their minds according to truth. Now is no time to back down from this endeavor. The rising generation may only be 15 percent of the population, but they are 100 percent of the future. Thank you for standing with us!