My brother, Larry Mayer, is a Campus Pastor for I have been a huge fan of their ministry and generosity over the past several years. In April of this year, I was invited to have dinner with Larry and a couple of their management team members (Sam and Jerry). They answered many questions and even bought dinner! After that meeting, they invited me out to for a behind the scenes look at anything and everything. My visit took place last weekend and here are some of my take-aways:

  • I have never met a more generous group.
  • I almost felt guilty for everything they gave me and I asked for (I said almost).
  • Almost to a person I heard this- “what can I do to serve you”.

These guys have built a culture like no other. I saw these values listed over a urinal in the men’s restroom. They actually live them out and they define the culture I experienced this weekend:

  1. We are faith-filled, big-thinking, bet-the-farm, risk-takers.
  2. We will do anything short of sin to reach people for Christ.
  3. We are all about the “capital C” Church. It’s not about us, its about the big Church, because we believe the local church is the hope of the world and we know that we can accomplish infinitely more together than apart.
  4. We are spiritual contributors, not spiritual consumers
  5. We give up things we love for things we love even more. This is sacrifice redefined.
  6. We are a micro-church with a mega-vision.
  7. We will lead the way with irrational generosity.
  8. We will laugh hard, loud and often.
  9. We will be known for what we are for, rather than what we are against because the world has enough jerks.
  10. We always bring our best because excellence honors God and inspires people.
  11. We don’t recruit volunteers, we release leaders, because volunteers do good things, but leaders change the world.
  12. The only constant in our ministry is change.
  13. We are thankful for what God is doing today and we expect even more tomorrow.

Bottom line- I am so pumped to get to see them up close and I was fired up by their authenticity. One of the things that amazed me is how they have built and sustained a feed-back culture. It blew my mind how much truth telling is done in their organization (at every level). And, they get the idea that “feedback is a ladder and not a hammer”. They also know how to leave people whole when they give the “unvarnished” developmental feedback. Church at the Bay will be a better church because of’s investment in me. Thank you!
By the way- if you missed this past weekend at The Bay (like me), you can watch it here: