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Product Details

  • Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Destiny Image Publishers (October 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560431636
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560431633
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,119,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David R. Mains has been dedicating himself for spiritual growth development programs that disturb ordinary presumptions. During the year 1967 he built an experimental church in a Teamster's Union Hall in West Chicago. Some church-planting specialists proclaimed that it can't be done but then with a few supporters, the church has grown from only 27 until 500 for ten years.

Mains' system is advanced that he joined together worship with arts and media. He implement a system to service planning focusing one concept making the entire worship communication into just a single but valuable idea. Lay people were invited and brainstorm sermons and he firmly incorporated that each sermon should include practical ideas so it will be integrated with everyday living as Christians.

During the year 1977, Mains replaced his uncle John D. Jess as Director of a national radio broadcast, The Chapel of the Air. He then started to use religious media that would boost spirituality on every listener.

Mains transformed broadcasting as a service to the local church rather than competing them. He then began to train a team to do on-air voices which includes his wife, Karen Mains.

Several experts again warned him that such a service can't be done but then he was thrilled when the first Spiritual Adventure he implemented had reach 7,000 participants.

Mains has been a Christian communicator and his passion was always for the local church to experience the living presence of Jesus Christ. A pastor once gave him a gratitude for putting his own personal agenda to serve for the good of the local church.

Now, Mains resigned from the broadcast and created Mainstay Ministries which dedicated to help church leaders and its people by several growth tools and training seminars. He established Team Sundays where every church goer would experience a life changing Sunday. His goal in Mainstay Ministries was to help pastors be effective in preaching.

Visit David Mains Mainstay Ministries the - Sunday Solutions. He also put up several resources for pastors called Sermon Series and Sermon Coach. He also established a mentoring ministry for men and women called Hungry Souls.

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Although Dr. Mains did a good job exposing the patterns of family dysfunction in a church setting, he did not provide practical suggestions on how to counter the various dysfunctions mentioned in his book. Mains shared a `helpful prayer' to break the habit of "blaming and shaming," but most people were unaware of their behavioral pattern. For leaders to suggest that a church member prayed a particular prayer will only make the person defensive. Mains never said how a church leader could promote change in this area of a person's life.
Based on Dr. Mains' vague descriptions for compulsive/addictive personalities, it would be nearly impossible to positively identify someone with this trait. He provided these characteristics: habitually sitting in the same pew during services, trying to "control" a business meeting, constant tardiness, and chronically "bad-mouthing" others, however these "symptoms" may not necessitate a compulsive/addictive trait. It was possible that these descriptions indicated that the person was disorganized and was in need of time management training, or the person was just obnoxious and lacked basic manners. Perhaps the "bad-mouthing" individual was simply seeking attention or venting frustration.
In the chapter, "Love That Has to Be Earned," Dr. Mains listed types of people he found difficult to show "Christ-like love." His inventory contained vindictive, disloyal, unappreciative or untrustworthy people, and those who have "never-ending needs" (19). His recommendation was for congregations to express "unconditional love" for each other. This was unrealistic, and his supposition that churches become "dysfunctional" because they failed to emulate God's unconditional love was harsh.
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This book came very quickly…before I'd finished the previous assignment - it was here. I love a great bargain…and this was one!
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If you want to undertand what's happening in your church please read this. It makes sense out of the nonsense that goes on in most churches.
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