David Mays: Wonderful On-Line Friend

David is at Home with the LORD

David & Marcy Mays

For the last several years I have profited greatly from the efforts of David Mays.  I never met David in person and honestly can’t remember how I came to know about him or his ministry which included the weekly publication of his Book Notes.

David's Book Notes Header

Our correspondence has been limited to emails — primarily my contacting him for permission to share one of his “Book Notes,” which I always referred to as “Key Statements,” when I passed them along to friends or as a blog posting.  My requests were invariably answered promptly and always with a cheery permission to pass along the fruits of his labors.  I came to feel a great kinship with David.  Almost without exception he reported on books which were of interest to me.  His interests and “Notes”were primarily in the area of leadership, change, missions, and general Christian topics.  He would frequently include “aside” comments which provided a window into his character and the depth of his commitment to our Savior.  I learned of his death tonight when I went to his website to get his permission to put his photograph with the blog article I was preparing to publish and which contained information from one of his Book Notes.  I was shocked to learn that David died on 1/2/2012, so will not be sending out his notes in the future.  I am greatly  saddened at the loss of a great on-line buddy and am reminded of the influence we can have on others — even those we never meet in person.  The following is some info I found on David’s website:

David and Marcy Mays: Helping Leaders Fulfill Their Roles in The Great Commission

David Mays is the Director of Learning Initiatives for
The Mission Exchange (formerly the Evangelical Fellowship of Mission Agencies, EFMA). Previously he served as the Great Lakes Regional Director for ACMC
(Advancing Churches in Missions Commitment) for more than twenty years. David has an extensive management background with a major pharmaceutical company. He has advanced degrees in both science and theology. And he has been involved in missions as a layman, church leader, and missions consultant.

David has helped hundreds of churches to greater missions commitment and effectiveness through his workshops, seminars, conferences, consultations, articles and manuals. He has a keen understanding of how to help churches relate missions to contemporary culture. His passionate, informal and sometimes humorous style make him an effective speaker and consultant. David and his wife, Marcy, live in the Indianapolis area.

Mission: Helping leaders fulfill their roles in The Great Commission
Vision: A movement of churches making world evangelism central
Organization: The Mission Exchange (formerly EFMA)
Position: Director of Learning Initiatives
Ministry Description: Helping church and mission leaders mobilize their resources for effective involvement in world evangelization.
Ministry Experience:

— 1985 – 2007 ACMC (Advancing Churches in Missions Commitment).

Great Lakes Regional Director
— 1968 – 1983. Bristol Myers. R&D and Quality Control Manager
Educational Background:
1983 – 1985 Wheaton College, M.A. (Theological Studies)
1964 – 1968 Purdue University, Ph.D. (Pharmacal Sciences)
1960 – 1964 Taylor University, B.A. (Chemistry)

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About ronfurg

Former naval officer, federal investigator, forensic scientist, senior executive service member and pastor. In retirement serves as volunteer and life group leader at New Life Christian Church (www.newlife4me.com). Devoted to beautiful wife, kids and grandkids. Looking forward to the time when every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord of all and that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
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