About Dr. David Mains

About Dr. David R. Mains
And Why Does He Care About the Local Church?
Dr. David R. Mains, Director, Mainstay Ministries

Dr. David Mains has given his life to serving the local church and is concentrating his energies now on mentoring pastors.
According to The Barna Group, some 12 million believing Christians are unchurched. David Mains is dedicated to helping you, pastor, make sure that your sermons and services are not contributing to the lay person's lament, "Church is just not relevant to where I live out my daily life" (or worse yet, "church is boring").
These are rough days to be in the pastorate, and frankly, many pastors don't have the time, the resources, or the staff to put together remarkable Sunday services, 52 weeks, year after year. Yet, that Sunday sermon and service are crucial to gathering and keeping and growing your congregation.
This is why Dr. David Mains has designed a planning model that is easily transferable from our Mainstay Ministries team to you, then to your staff or to your lay worship team. Our goal, in collaboration with the work of the Holy Spirit, is to teach you how to create 52 Sundays, so unforgettable that they impact the rest of the week with remembered and applied truth.

  • Planted and pastored a church on the west side of Chicago to reverse church flight from the inner city (1967-1977);
  • Pioneered meaningful worship for contemporary believers, the integration of the arts, and the use of lay gifts;
  • Established a racially integrated staff and congregation and elevated the role of women;
  • Experimented with practical response tools for measurable growth to train pastors in renewal principles;
  • Became Director of the national radio broadcast The Chapel of the Air and immediately designed programs to support the local church (1977-1995);
  • Received an honorary doctorate for his role in contributing to the life of the national church;
  • Began the 50-Day Spiritual Adventure in 1980 as a way to link religious media to the local church;
  • Created over 23 50-Day Spiritual Adventures (1980-2003) and wrote over 20 books on spiritual renewal which have been preached by pastors in over 50,000 churches, and helped more than 5 million participants from those congregations learn to live God's Word;
  • Established the daily television show You Need to Know, which addressed local church issues and in 1995 won the distinguished TV Programmer of the Year award from the National Religious Broadcasters;
  • Formed Mainstay Church Resources in 1996 to provide sermon series helps for local pastors;
  • Created the Advent Celebration in 1997, a Christmas series line that over 5,000 pastors have used;
  • Developed the "Mainstay Model," a sermon preparation process designed to radically enhance the life-changing effectiveness of Sunday morning preaching.
Books by Dr. David Mains

Tales of the Kingdom - with Karen Mains
Tales of the Resistance - with Karen Mains
Tales of the Restoration - with Karen Mains
Parenting Us: How God Does It - with Karen Mains
The God Hunt: The Delightful Chase and the Wonder of Being Found
Daring to Dream Again
The Unseen Guest Guidebook
When Life Becomes a Maze - Guidebook
Untapped Miracles: Adventure Guidebook
Seeing the Unseen Christ: How His Presence Tranforms Life
The Amazing Emmanuel: Following the True Hero for All Time
Celebrate Jesus
The Christmas You'Ve Always Longed For
Promises Worth Keeping
Seasoning the Season
From Humbug to Hallelujah
Living, Loving, Leading - with Karen Mains
In His Steps Questions and Study Materials - with Charles Sheldon and Karen Mains
Abba: How God Parents Us - with Karen Mains
Our Favorite Verse - with Karen Mains
Getting Beyond "How Are You?" - with Melissa Mains Timberlake
Two Are Better Than One: A Guide to Prayer Partnerships That Work - with Steve Bell
Healing the Dysfunctional Church Family
The Bible for Personal Revival
Never Too Late to Dream
8 Survival Skills for Changing Times
Putting God in His Place
A Closer Walk with God
Full Circle: The Creative Church for Today's Society
Getting to Know the Holy Spirit
Making Church More Enjoyable
The Sense of His Presence: Experiencing Spiritual Regenesis
When the Troops are Tired : 8 Miraculous Energizers to Tap Into
Thy Kingship Come
The Rise of the Religion of Antichristism
When God Gets Angry with a Nation
Praying more effectively
The Truth About the Lie
Making scripture yours (Chapel talks)
How To Resist Temptation
Psalms That Touch Us Where We Live
Family Traditions
We Will Glorify