About Gary Mayes


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Gary Mayes serves as Vice President of U.S. Ministries for Church Resource Ministries. He has served with CRM in the area of Church Revitalization since 1997, giving leadership to the expansion and enhancement of the ReFocusing Network Ministry worldwide for five of those years

Prior to joining CRM Gary spent twenty years in local pastoral ministry and finds that this experience assists him as he works in the trenches with pastors, churches and their leaders across the country. In addition to local pastoral ministry, Gary has been speaking to and training church leaders since 1983. He has authored and co-authored three books and given leadership to the development of numerous resources and training processes used by CRM staff worldwide.

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In recent years, Gary has served leaders and churches on every continent but one and has developed a unique relationship in Africa. In addition to U.S. based responsibilities, Gary is mentoring the development of CRM-Africa as an African-led movement to develop pastors and leaders for a church that will transform Africa. He also serves as adjunct faculty at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he teaches the Church Revitalization courses in their Doctor of Ministry program.

He received his B.A. in Christian Education from Biola University in California, his M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois, and D.Min. in Organizational Systems from Bethel Seminary.

Gary and Margaret Mayes

Married to Margaret for 30 years, they are the parents of two adult children. Margaret is a Middle School teacher with Santa Ana Unified School District.

Gary is currently working on a book that connects the journey of the first century church to the challenges of the 21st century. The working title is: “Finding Our Way: the power of 1st century courage and imagination to guide the church in the 21st century.




Overcoming the Half-Life of Vision

Understanding the concept of a half-life: simple... Recognizing its impact on those you lead: profound... Knowing it was birthed out of a parallel to radioactivity: ominous. The point? “Vision has a half-life of seven days!” A half-life of seven days means the potency of your vision in the minds and motivations of your people diminishes by half every week. It also means that in a mere 28 days what was originally powerful will be impotent.

Redefining Visionary Leadership

We frequently talk and act as if the most important criteria of leaders is the ability to create and communicate vision single-handedly. We expect leaders to develop vision from scratch and then articulate it with god-like inspiration. As a result, scores of people devalue their capacity for leadership for the simple fact that they don’t excel at this full-feature visionary role. This article attempts to redefine visionary leadership.

The Power of a Stump Speech

This unique challenge of politics is the territory that gave birth to the notion of a stump speech. Others have called it an “elevator speech.” No matter what you call it, the point is simple: if you cannot communicate your central message in 30 seconds you won’t be able to communicate it effectively in 30 minutes.

Crafting Vision

The power of vision does not come from believing it is important, but in the vision itself. This simple article is written as a primer to provide you with a process for crafting vision that is compelling and clear enough to communicate.