R U Ready?

This weekend we launch- OZ. I promise you this will be a fun and CHALLENGING series. It is a perfect series for your friends as well- trust me on this one. If you get a chance- go to our Facebook (you need to be logged on first) event page and click- “attending”. Then, use the app to invite your friends.

I am really pumped about our Lead Now training on Sunday afternoon. Church at the Bay gets the big picture of serving and training. We have over 100 adults signed up with the number growing. If you have not signed up- email Neal@churchatthebay.com . We are planning for lunch and childcare. If you serve- be there- if you are looking for a place to serve- be there too! Our plan is for the training time to last about an hour. I promise you it will be worth the investment of your time.

  • Need more information about Lead Now? click here


Monday Morning Quarterback

The speed of life is increasing in Tampa- school is about to start again. Church at the Bay is also launching a new series called Oz! Watch the roll in here:

(no video- click here)

This past weekend we wrapped up our “Healing Choices” series. I have really enjoyed taking a closer look at the Beatitudes. Every time we approach the scripture we out to say- “so what?”. This is not to be arrogant, rather it is to be obedient. God gave us His word to be lived out and applied. If you missed any of the 8 choice in our series you can go here and catch up, all 8 weeks are available.

As we wrap up this series on Life’s Healing Choices, some of you may have come to identify some areas in your life that need to be surrendered. Church at the Bay is starting a recovery group which will begin meeting in a few weeks. If you or someone you know struggles with issues like alcohol or drug addiction, eating disorders, codependency, or sexual addictions, this is a safe place to find support and healing. Please don’t stay trapped in your vices any longer. If you would like more information please email recovery@churchatthebay.com and one of our recovery leaders will be in touch with you. Your inquiry will be strictly confidential.

Lead Now is next Sunday after 10:30 worship. If you serve anywhere at Church at the Bay or are considering serving- plan to attend. You won’t be disappointed. There are great plans for childcare as well. Click here for details or email Neal@churchatthebay.com .

Finally- Don (our Children’s pastor) led a team to Common Ground Church on Saturday to help distribute 100’s of back packs to disadvantaged kids. Way to go church.

P.S.- We made it through another off season and reason has been restored to our culture … finally grown men running into each other at full speed (are you ready for some FEETBALL!!!) – ahhhhhhh.


Lead Now- August 15th

I believe the most powerful people force in the local church are our volunteer leaders. Church at the Bay has 100’s of people who volunteer and make a difference. I love the distinction LifeChurch.tv makes between enlisting volunteers or releasing leaders. Volunteers are enlisted to do a job, leader are released to change the world! I believe volunteer leaders are what the Apostle Paul says pastors must equip:

  • (11) Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. (12) Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-12

How do we do this at Church at the Bay? We have had several training events for different areas of ministry during the year- and will continue ministry specific training. On Sunday, August 15th (right after a quick tear down) we are unveiling a brand new tool to help develop and release leaders- LEAD NOW. Let me talk basics:

What is Lead Now:
It is a bi-annual event that will focus on leadership development. This will not be ministry specific training but a global leadership focus. During Lead Now we will

  • Eat lunch (so you must sign up)
  • Provide Childcare (so you must sign up)
  • Spend about 1.5 hours together in training and dreaming
  • Cast some CATB vision for the next year!

Why attend Lead Now: We believe that God has called us to be difference makers in our world. We want our volunteer leaders to on, dream and implement ministry on “whole nutha level.” So, we believe we need to focus on equipping leaders.

Who can participate in Lead Now:
If you presently volunteer at Church at the Bay or are considering volunteering we want you there.

How can I attend Lead Now:
Email Neal@churchatthebay.com and tell him how many adults and how many children (and their ages).

If you want to help Church at the Bay
achieve its God Potential-

Be There!

Need some more encouragement- watch this killer, high energy, jacked up promo…

My Visit to LifeChurch.tv

My brother, Larry Mayer, is a Campus Pastor for LifeChurch.tv. 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 LifeChurch.tv 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 LifeChurch.tv’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: