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SUMMIT 2017 – Night 3


What an incredible day we had on SUMMIT Friday! The day started with Market Makers and Dr Dharius Daniels teaching our business people about Kingdom keys. Our Real Talk sessions began with both Ps Bill Wilson’s and Dr Dharius Daniels’ last sessions with us. Both were mind blowing and profound. It was also awesome to hear our very own Ps Bev Mortlock talk about the importance of generations. Friday night went to a whole new level with Rev Samuel Rodrigues message – “Shake it Off”!  It was fantastic  to see so many people set free from the “snakes” in their lives. SUMMIT has been beyond amazing already, can’t wait to see what SUMMIT Sunday holds!

SUMMIT 2017 – Night 2


SUMMIT Thursday was top notch! Building on the momentum of Wednesday the Real Talk day sessions featured Ps Bill Wilson and Rev Samuel Rodriguez. Both messages were incredibly inspiring and brought fresh revelation to all. It was so great to hear our very own Ps Peter Mortlock share his heart. At night Dr Dharius Daniels preached an amazing word in season – “The Fight is Fixed”. Can’t wait for Friday.

SUMMIT 2017 – Day 1

What an incredible start to SUMMIT week. Wednesday night kicked off with a bang! The café and Youth Diner were filled with families from all over New Zealand and beyond. Once the doors opened the Sanctuary flooded with people expectant to see God move. It was so exciting to see the recording of our own worship songs and hear a Word from Ps. Bill Wilson before Rev. Samuel Rodriguez preached a life changing message – “Come Hell or High Water I’m on my way to Rome.” We have already been beyond blessed and SUMMIT has only just begun!

SUMMIT Your Social!

We’ve had our clever creatives beavering away to make some cool bits and bobs that we hope you will find awesome enough to make your social game SUMMITASTIC!

I’m a cute GIF that you can post on your FB – try me!


We’re so excited to have Ps. Bill with us. Share this video to FB to let others know he’s coming!


We’re so excited to have Dr. Dharius with us. Share this video to FB to let others know he’s coming!

I’m a cute GIF that you can post on your FB – try me!


I’m a cute GIF that you can post on your FB – try me!

I’m a still graphic. Download and share me on FB/Insta and everywhere else!

I’m a still graphic. Download and share me on FB/Insta and everywhere else!

I’m a still graphic. Download and share me on FB/Insta and everywhere else!

Insta-game on fleek? Download these 3 images for your insta!


Insta-game on fleek? Download these 3 images for your insta!

Insta-game on fleek? Download these 3 images for your insta!


Insta-game on fleek? Download these 3 images for your insta!


You can also share the SUMMIT event to your friends on Facebook!


We’re so excited for SUMMIT – not long to go YAY!

Love from the SUMMIT Team x

Rev Samuel Rodriguez – Fiery Preaching from California in Winter

Winter is at our doorsteps and all the things that come with it – colder weather, warm fires, hats and beanies. Warm Soup. Mmm soup…

While many of us are piling layers of clothing on, a highlight of every year is also sneaking up on us. SUMMIT 2016 is poised to roll in like a breath of warm, fresh air in the middle of a traditionally wet Auckland winter. Warm Californian air to be exact, as SUMMIT also signals the maiden arrival of Rev. Samuel Rodriguez. Greatly respected for his authoritative preaching and charismatic leadership, we have every reason to be expectant for some amazing ministry here in Godzone.


As I look a little more into just who this Rev. Samuel really is, it doesn’t take long to see he is kind of a big deal.  A presidential advisor on matters such as social justice, poverty, human trafficking and religious freedom, God is using him with huge influence for the sake of the gospel.

As the president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference he also serves over 40,000 churches, as well as, with his wife Eva, being senior pastor of New Season Christian Worship Centre in California.


Rev Samuel’s infectious faith and passion for the Word, can be heard in his fiery sermons and evidenced in his longevity and commitment to the local church. He has a gift to stir faith, raise vision and inspire action. Book the time off work now and come be inspired this SUMMIT. It will definitely chase away those winter chills.

SUMMIT is going to be well worth the price of admission (which is free by the way). See you there!

Ps Benny Perez – Preaching that Packs a Punch

So Benny Perez is coming to SUMMIT!
I’ve been watching a few of his preaching clips and this man really knows how to use humour to bring a powerful message. Like this sermon illustration about inspecting sheep…


I also watched this video below about his church and the thing that strikes me is how closely their story parallels to ours. Starting out with just 20 or 30 people. Growing to a church of thousands. Ministering to hundreds of children at Kids Church each week. Reaching out to youth and seeing them encounter God. Starting new campuses and seeing them grow. Building a multi-generational church. Providing food and clothing to thousands across their area on a weekly basis. Partnering with community organisations. Working in local schools. All this because of a passion to see people of every age experience God’s love. Wow – sounds like they might just have a similar vision to us!



As the co-founders of The Church Movement, Ps. Benny and his wife Wendy started in 2003 with just a few believers gathering in their home. They now have several campuses including The Church LV, in South Las Vegas, The Church OC, in Irvine California, and The Church Online. In addition, Pastor Benny’s vision includes helping and equipping other pastors and ministries and The Church Movement hosts several conferences each year.

Ps Benny and his wife have been through some tough times in recent years, and so has their church. He’s written a book about it called More: Discovering the God of more when life gives you less. The promo for the book says, ‘Perez has walked through the valley, and has come out the other side humbled, strengthened, and passionate about Christ’s ability to meet us in our darkest moments.’ I for one, am keen to hear from someone with an introduction like that.

Here’s what he has to say about the book


Benny Perez was a youth pastor in Marysville, WA before starting The Church LV. He travels the globe and thousands of people have been touched by his unique preaching style which is marked by humour, passion and a genuine love for people. Here’s a sneak preview!

Entering into the rest of God


Who backs me up?


God has you in a slingshot



7 Things to do When You’re in Auckland for Summit

Summit is going to be the high point (pun intended) of my 2016, and if you’re coming up to Auckland for Summit, I bet it’s going to be yours to! I moved up to Auckland from Wellington 4 years ago. So as a non-Aucklander, I know that Auckland doesn’t always seem like the pinnacle of holiday destinations, but having lived here for a few years now, I’ve come across a few awesome things to do while you’re here!

  1. Rainbows End

I’ll be honest; roller coasters have got to be one of my worst fears, right up there with awkward first dates and bungy jumping. But Rainbows End was still a blast, there are a variety of rides, from mildly terrifying (which my friends enjoyed seeing me scream like a little girl on) to “there’s no way I’m going on that thing” (which I got to take photos of my friends on).

But seriously there was heaps to do for the whole day, we brought a picnic and there were lots of more relaxed rides as well as some crazy ones for the thrill junkies. There’s a even a brand new one called the “Stratosfear” or as I like to call it – the ‘Nope Machine’.

There are heaps of kids and family rides too! If you want to keep cost down then they have night passes – which go from 5pm-11pm. This could be a great activity if you come up one night before summit!


  1. Silo Park/Wynyard Quarter/Waterfront/The Viaduct

Silo park is, as the name suggests, a park that’s been built right on the Auckland port around a series of ginormous silos, where they used to store cement. It’s got a great playground for kids, an outdoor basketball court and cafés nearby. They often hold free movie nights, markets, and performances down there. So make sure to check out their website for all the details. You can also park up on Beaumont Street and take a stroll right around the Marina – I’d suggest you walk right around the cloud which is pretty neat. This is really lovely part of the City with art and cool architecture scattered around and beautiful views of the North Shore and surrounding Islands.



  1. Auckland Night Markets

Auckland has a delicious night market that travels around Auckland all trough the week! Filled with delicious ethnic foods, music, arts and crafts, and knock off electronics, the Glenfield mall Market is a popular spot for City Impact Youth and Young adults after church on a Sunday Night! The Saturday Night Pakuranga and Tuesday Night Mt Wellington Markets are also quite close to our Mt Wellington Campus. These nights are heaps of fun with delicious food, you can get a feed for $6 or less! My personal favourites are the No.1 Dumplings and Deep Fried Ice Cream stalls.


  1. Long Bay Beach

If you’d like something a bit quieter and you manage to find a nice day (in the middle of winter – eeek) then head down to Long Bay! This is a very popular beach with the locals, it’s a regional park and has a few lovely walks through it or connecting with the beaches south. It’s a very big wide beach with lots of grass, so a nice place to get away from the hustle and bustle of Summit if you feel like you need a break! This is also super handy to our North Shore campus, only a 5min drive away.



  1. Visit the SUMMIT of a Mountain

I bet you’re thinking I’m crazy right about now, I mean Auckland doesn’t have any MOUNTAINS. Yea well that’s true. But there are all these little hill things that Aucklanders like to call mountains to make themselves feel better after they’ve walked up them. When someone asks you what you did on the weekend “I climbed a mountain” is a way better than “I walked up a small bump”. To be fair most of them were once volcaons and have big holes in the top … Anyways! there are these so called “Mountains” all over Auckland (Mt Eden, Mt Wellington, Mt Albert, One Tree Hill, Three Kings, etc) which although not tall, have epic views on a clear day! Heck I was even there when someone proposed at sunset (good idea for anyone out there looking to tie the knot ;P )! One Tree hill is my favourite, which is a bit more honest about the fact it’s a hill. But there isn’t even a tree there anymore #confusing. Mt Wellington is great too, and obviously right next to one of our church campuses (guess which one). This is also a great way to get in the mood for summit – see what I did there! 😀



  1. Visit a Museum or Art Gallery

Some of you are probably rolling your eyes right now so you can skip over this one. But there are a bunch of great museums and Art Galleries in Auckland. Kelly Tarltons Aquatic Museum, MOTAT and Auckland Museum are all fantastic but they do cost and don’t forget to in transport. But Auckland Art Gallery is free, and has some AMAZING work in it, there are also the Winter Gardens which are in the Auckland domain (which the Auckland Museum is also in), these are beautiful, and great for a walk through on a clear day.



All right it has to be said. Auckland has Wendys AND Carls Jr. There’s a Carls Jr just down the road from the North Shore campus. If you don’t know what Carls Jr is, it’s basically the most American food burger bar you’ll find in New Zealand. So much grease. I wouldn’t recommend it, I always feel sick afterwards, but hey some people love that American greasy, fizzy sugary goodness! (Disclaimer: City Impact Church takes no responsibility for any harm caused by the sugary fatness of these American burger joints).

Also Wendys! There’s one a bit further down the road, they have an awesome $5 deal which was a staple part of my University diet (good if you’re on a budget and don’t care about your health … at all). They also have a “secret” menu which they update on facebook. They also have free wifi for all you social media addicts like me!

Last but not least – Burgerfuel. Quality giant burgers. There’s one just down the road from North Shore campus. These things are delicious, my favourite is the Ring Burner if you’re up for something with a bit of spice!

Pro tip: As much as Aucklanders try to deny it, the traffic is pretty bad up here. Make sure to give extra time to get places, and avoid traveling at peak times (7.30-9.30am and 4.30-6pm) when possible, especially on the motorway! Or take the Northern Express Bus, this uses a busway down the side of the motorway so skips all the traffic!

There’s heaps to do in Auckland so if you’ve ever stuck for ideas make sure to ask your local jaffa or else Auckland’s official website – heartofthecity.co.nz – has a whole list of things to do.


We think about you a lot

We think about you a lot you know, you amazing human!  We’ve been planning for your arrival at SUMMIT since last SUMMIT!  In fact, this week we are making the promo for SUMMIT 2016 – so you’ll know when to be here next year!

We think about how we can best prepare the House of God for you to come to. Whether you’re coming with your friends or whether you’re brand new – this is all about meeting people and becoming family.  We can’t wait to get to know you better!

There is something very powerful that happens when the creations (that’s us!) come together in unity to worship the Creator.  When we put aside time and step out of our daily lives to completely immerse ourselves in worship and the Word.  It’s like time stands still for a few days, while God speaks into our hearts.  And the feeling of thousands standing together in worship is always out of this world – literally!  It’s a taste of heaven – there is nothing else like it.  The momentum, the pace and then the stillness when it feels like there is no one else in that huge room except you and Him. I wouldn’t miss it for all the tea in China.

Speaking of tea – and coffee… what would SUMMIT be without the café bursting at its seams with all the food, the happiness and the catching up?  Tables being pushed this way and that to make room for new friends to sit together.  New babies, kids and hungry youth.  This year the Diner will be cranking for the youth to hang at – complete with its own menu of healthy teenage meals.  (Ok, that’s a lie.  But if you think hot chips and pies are healthy then the Diner is the place for you!)  I’ll be giving my kids a SUMMIT Café Card and saying, “Have fun, see ya next week kiddo!”  That’s SUMMIT happiness right there!

So be assured, we are ready for you!  And that doesn’t even rate against how ready God is for you – and what the Holy Spirit has prepared for us.

The table is spread, the family is gathering.  See you at SUMMIT.


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