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 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:
- We are faith-filled, big-thinking, bet-the-farm, risk-takers.
- We will do anything short of sin to reach people for Christ.
- 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.
- We are spiritual contributors, not spiritual consumers
- We give up things we love for things we love even more. This is sacrifice redefined.
- We are a micro-church with a mega-vision.
- We will lead the way with irrational generosity.
- We will laugh hard, loud and often.
- We will be known for what we are for, rather than what we are against because the world has enough jerks.
- We always bring our best because excellence honors God and inspires people.
- We don’t recruit volunteers, we release leaders, because volunteers do good things, but leaders change the world.
- The only constant in our ministry is change.
- 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:
When I was in college a buddy of mine told me- “Leaders are readers”. Until that point in my life I was proud that I had escaped High School only reading one book- “Of Mice and Men” by Steinbeck- and only because it was less than 100 pages! His challenge started me on the journey of becoming a lifelong learner. I have learned reading is only a part of the equation. Over the years I have discovered that becoming a learner/disciple (my definition of learner presupposes that you act upon what you know) has many different looks:
- Teachability- (I know it’s not a word- but it is what I want to say). This is an attitude that says I will listen first to understand and later worry about my input or perspective.
- Humility- This may be the biggest missing piece for many. It is the understanding that I can learn from anyone, anywhere regardless of their age, faith or IQ.
- Correctibility- (I know it’s not a word- again who cares!). In my early 20’s I was posed this question that knocked me off my feet: “Hal, when was the last time someone corrected you”, my response, “I can’t remember but it has been a long time.” (I thought, “Cool I have really grown and my life is looking good”). Then he suggested I read the following verses: Proverbs 9:7-9 Anyone who rebukes a mocker will get an insult in return. Anyone who corrects the wicked will get hurt. (8) So don’t bother correcting mockers; they will only hate you. But correct the wise, and they will love you. (9) Instruct the wise, and they will be even wiser. Teach the righteous, and they will learn even more. And then the knockout question, “Is it because you are perfect or maybe your friends don’t count you as a wise man?” “Ouch!!!”
When you make the “ouch” response I did- what do you do? That is what we are talking about this weekend- sustainability (I love words ending in “ability”- have you noticed”) of the lifestyle of a Christ-Follower. How to we maintain our growth, direction and momentum? How to we avoid the traps of sin? No one wants to flame out. Plan to be here and improve your learnability by giving attention to your teachability, humility and correctability. If nothing else- you may have learned 3 new words today!!
This weekend we talked about relationships that need a rescue. If you would like to watch- here is the video
Here are some WEEKEND MESSAGE highlights:
- If you have no disagreements you don’t have authenticity- someone has died or is afraid to speak up and that is not a healthy relationship.
- THE RELATIONSHIP CHOICE: I evaluate all my relationships, offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me, and make amends for harm I’ve done to others, except when to do so would harm them or others.
- The 3 A’s for confrontation:
- If you have stolen from someone- it is foolish to think you are serious about any apology that doesn’t involve restitution.
- Matthew 5:23-24- 23 “So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, 24 leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God.
- We also gave out a CD that explains in detail how to forgive someone. Here is the audio.
Other random thoughts:
- We had a great time meeting some new people Sunday night at Open Door.
- Our BackPack Attack is in full swing. Only a couple of weeks left.
- Our first mission trip to Haiti will be November 11-15 (Thursday through Monday). If you have sponsored a child and would like to go email Hal Mayer (student pastor) at email@example.com