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Dan R. Dick

I am the lead pastor at People's United Methodist Church in the Wisconsin Conference of The United Methodist Church, husband of my beautiful wife, Barbara, dad to my fantastic son, Josh and his wife Caroline, step-dad to my phenomenal son, Greg, his wife Hannah and our fabulous/glorious/perfect granddaughter Evie, author of seventeed 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.

The Law of Unintended Consequences

A story: Once upon a time, there was a small village of about 100 people.  For as long as anyone could remember, the population had remained essentially the same.  Each year, on average, seven babies were born, but due to poor conditions five of them died in infancy or early […]

Up, Up, Up, Up, Up, Up, Up

In case I haven’t been clear, I absolutely love Disney/Pixar’s new hit family pic, Up.  I’m not going to spoil the film if you haven’t seen it — and if you haven’t seen it, go, now, I’ll wait…………………….. Okay, great wasn’t it?  As a simple story, it’s nice.  As an […]

Moist & Methodist: Baptism in the UMC

Of the researchstudies on spiritual practices in The United Methodist Church that were suspended when my job got eliminated at the General Board of Discipleship the one I was most disappointed by was our look at baptism.  Following twelve years after the adoption of “By Water and the Spirit” by our General […]

Designer Wineskins

Two recent experiences stay in my mind that cause me to question some of the current values driving many of our churches.  Three values specifically call for some reflection: do we prefer substance or do we prefer style? are we more concerned about our identity or our image? is being […]

Holy Hyper-Ventilation!

Question:  Which is more important, inhaling or exhaling? Answer:  Depends on which you did last… Breathing requires both, and life depends on good breathing.  Too little oxygen leads to asphyxiation; too much to hyper-ventilation.  You can’t be good at one and bad at the other.  No one can say, “Well, […]

Choosing the MiDL Way

Recent articles from Barna, Alban and Gallup highlight a growing trend in young America — a deep desire to be engaged in activities that make a positive contribution to others and that yield immediate results.  We are witnessing a shift from passivity to engagement — not a new phenomenon, but […]

Best Book: The Wisdom of Teams

Once in awhile, a book comes along that is so seminal, so formational, that it stands as a standard for a long time.  One such book, for me anyway, is Jon Katzenbach and Douglas Smith’s, The Wisdom of Teams.  For congregational leaders, who do so much in small group settings, […]

A Clash of Values

It is said that one of the most important functions of leadership is to bridge the gap between where we really are and where we say we want to be.  Where we are — our current reality — reflects our lived values.  Lived values are those that cause us to […]

Outgrowing the Church — Outgrowing God?

As I have been clearing files, I came across a very interesting conversation.  It is a one-on-one interview with a young Christian woman who has turned her back on “organized religion.”  I present an excerpt from it here verbatim, then offer a few personal reflections.  My portion of the conversation is in […]

Fiduciary Faith(lessness)

In times of economic stress, it is fascinating to see how the church responds.  ‘In God We Trust’ is apparently only true to the extent that we have the currency on which it is printed.  Cut losses, panic, make shortsighted decisions for the short-term — it makes one wonder, where […]