Dan Dick is an ordained minister of The United Methodist Church serving in Extension Ministry as the Assistant to the Bishop for the Wisconsin Annual Conference.  A nationally known speaker, teacher, and author of fourteen books on spirituality, stewardship, congregational development, research, and spiritual gifts discovery, and an advocate for a more loving, inclusive church for the 21st century and beyond, Dan worked for the General Board of Discipleship in Nashville, Tennessee for fourteen years in stewardship, congregational and conference planning, leadership development, and research.

Dan is currently serving as a board member of our General Board of Church and Society and is a member of the Executive Committee for the National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministries.  He was first elected clergy delegate for the 2016 General Conference in the Wisconsin Conference (an honor he also received in 2012).

Dan is an avid reader, with a deep passion for Biblical studies.  His doctoral work was in extra-canonical writings of the ante-nicene period, and his doctor of ministry work was in stewardship education.  He has a love of research and critical thinking, and he continues to study and analyze trends impacting The United Methodist Church.bursting-the-bubble

One of Dan’s books is Bursting the Bubble (Abingdon Press, 2008).  Subtitled, Rethinking Conventional Wisdom about Church Leadership, the book invites critical thinking and serious reflection about many myths and misconceptions currently influencing Christian churches in the United States.  Bursting the Bubble is a hopeful and engaging call to rethink “church” and become the body of Christ for the world.

Dan and his wife Barbara live in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.  Barbara is a freelance editor and voice-over artist.

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  1. Dear Dan: I came across this site while preparing a Sunday school lesson on emergence Christianity (interesting concept, that). I wondered, “Could this be the same Dan Dick who was my youth leader from Muncie?” Your photo removed all doubt! Thrilling to see you have continued to share your faith so extensively! I am indebtedt to you for setting me on the right path. My email is in the entry for this blog if you can reply. All the best, Marilyn

  2. Hello, Rev. Dick. I apologize for this comment but couldn’t find a more direct way to contact you.

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  3. Years ago i met with you while you were in the California-Pacific Annual Conference. During that meeting you shared someting that knocked my socks off. It had to do with your survey of what was important to churched and unchurched people. Churched people ranked worship #1, while unchurched ranked worship #5 (i believe). I’ve recently retired and for the life of me i can’t find the info on that survey. Could you tell me where i could find it? Rev. Roy Riggs

  4. Hi Dan,
    Thanks for your meditation! I appreciated your emphasis on the confrontational and intentional nature of Hole Week. Much to ponder. I miss seeing you at Crossing Board meetings, but it’s good to know you are busy I. Influentials aces in the WI Conference.

  5. Dan, thought you might like this image. I was given one of those a page a day Dilbert calendars for Christmas. The 2nd & 3rd panels of Monday’s calendar made me think of our UM church

    Panel 1: (sitting at a table with the staff) the pointy haired boss says “The company is happy to announce that compared to previous years, we improved our rate of revenue decline”

    Panel 2 pointy haired boss continues “We’ve been doing great since we redefined success as a slowing of failure”

    Panel 3: Pointy haired boss asks “Moving on, who has a status report” (Dilbert’s sidekick answers “I improved my rate of doing nothing”

  6. Hi Dan,

    Ken Howard here, you reviewed and recommended my book “Paradoxy” a few years back.

    I have a question/favor to ask. The leadership of my congregation really love the online instrument for spiritual gifts which you created for the UMC website, and I was wondering if their might be a way we could somehow install it on our church website, so people don’t have to leave the site to take it.

    Any way that might be possible?


    ps. Starting a new book: “Church-X: A Lean and Experimental Christianity for a Church Beyond the Event Horizon.”

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