Dan R Ebener
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  • Davenport, IA
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Dan R Ebener replied to Marisa Ruggier-Andrews's discussion Managing the Human Resources function in Small Organizations
"Thanks Marisa.  Yes, the HR function can be more of a struggle in small organizations like parishes that do not have hundreds or even dozens of employees to justify hiring an HR manager.  So it usually falls on the pastor or his…"
May 6, 2013
Dan R Ebener replied to Katie McKenna's discussion How do you welcome young people into your Parish or Diocese
"Thanks Katie, for your question.  My two sons are young adults who tell me that young people are looking for opportunities but that we older adults are not always as welcoming as we should be.  The key ingredient is open-mindedness,…"
May 6, 2013
Dan R Ebener replied to E. Jane Rutter's discussion Conversion
"Thanks Jane, for these reflections.  Paul was indeed "zapped" by Jesus.  And he continues to zap us today, calling us to greater discipleship and apostleship for the church.  His great invitation (Matt 4:18-22), which…"
May 6, 2013
E. Jane Rutter liked Dan R Ebener's blog post Leadership Credibility
Apr 16, 2013
Dan R Ebener posted a blog post

Leadership Credibility

It's interesting how we want to go back 35 years and judge church leaders and scrutinize their behaviors. The reputation of church leaders today is often determined by how Christian, how righteous and how virtuous their actions were so many years ago. And we use today's standards, with the 20-20 vision of hindsight, to judge yesterday's behaviors. Such is the case with Pope Francis, who has been critized today for not doing enough to stop the torture and stop the "dirty war" in Aregntina during…See More
Apr 3, 2013
Dan R Ebener commented on Dan R Ebener's blog post Transformational Leadership
"There has been a lot of discussion about the Pope's "resignation" and whether it was the right thing to do.  I would suggest that it took a lot of humility to admit that he was no longer physically able to keep up with the…"
Feb 27, 2013
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Feb 17, 2013
Dan R Ebener commented on Daniel Gast's blog post Missions that Matter
"Daniel - It is indeed troubling to see the dis-connect between our parish mission statements and the lack of action in some parishes.  Even more troubling, as you point out, is the number of parishes that might not even attempt the…"
Jan 29, 2013
Dan R Ebener replied to Peter Denio's discussion The most important thing I have learned about running an effective meeting is...
"Good suggestions.  I like to hold meetings to solve real problems and address strategic issues.  Too many of our meetings are "meetings to inform", where we tell people what we have already done, OR "meetings to…"
Jan 10, 2013
Dan R Ebener left a comment for Dan R Ebener
"Thanks Peter, this has been very helpful."
Jan 10, 2013
Peter Denio left a comment for Dan R Ebener
"Hi Dan! It is great to have your participation in this forum.  I look forward to your contributions and engaging with colleagues you will invite to this experience."
Jan 10, 2013
Dan R Ebener is now a member of Catholic Standards for Excellence Forum
Jan 10, 2013

Profile Information

What is your vocational state:
Layperson
What is the type of Catholic entity you affiliate with in this forum:
(Arch)diocese
Name of your affiliated Catholic entity(e.g. St. Ann's Church, Diocese of Gary, Franciscan Friars Northeast region, etc.)
Diocese of Davenport
What is your title, position, or role with your affiliated Catholic entity? (e.g. parishioner, pastoral council, Parish Catechetical Leader, Bussiness Manager, Vicar General, etc.)
Director of Stewardship and Parish Planning
What (Arch)diocese is your Catholic entity located in?
Davenport
City of your affiliated Catholic entity:
Davenport
State of your affiliated Catholic entity:
Iowa
Why would you like to participate in this forum?
To learn aboout church leadership and manageemnt.

Dr. Dan R Ebener has been developing leaders in the church since 1976.  He has directed diocesan offices for social action (including Catholic Charities), stewardship and parish planning for the Diocese of Davenport since 1986. 

He now serves as part-time director of stewardship and parish planning for the Diocese of Davenport while teaching full-time in the Masters of Organizational Leadership program at Saint Ambrose University. 

Dan is the author of two books, Servant Leadership Models for Your Parish (published in 2010 by Paulist Press) and Blessings for Leaders (published in 2012 by Liturgical Press).  He has written many articles about Servant Leadership for Today's Parish, CHURCH, Priest, Sojourners and other publications. 

He offers consulting work, particularly strategic planning, leadership training and team-building workshops, through Quad City Leadership Consluting

Dan has the unique combination of a Masters in Social Work and a Doctorate in Business Administration. 

The Beatitudes are blessings for leaders

because they offer wisdom for leadership.

Blessings for Leaders, 2012.

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 Blessings for Leaders: Leadership Wisdom from the Beatitudes

 

Dan at Mount of the Beatitudes 

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At 11:28am on January 10, 2013, Peter Denio said…

Hi Dan!

It is great to have your participation in this forum.  I look forward to your contributions and engaging with colleagues you will invite to this experience.

At 11:43am on January 10, 2013, Dan R Ebener said…

Thanks Peter, this has been very helpful.

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Leadership Credibility

Posted on April 3, 2013 at 10:33pm 0 Comments

It's interesting how we want to go back 35 years and judge church leaders and scrutinize their behaviors. The reputation of church leaders today is often determined by how Christian, how righteous and how virtuous their actions were so many years ago. And we use today's standards, with the 20-20 vision of hindsight, to judge yesterday's behaviors.
 
Such is the case with Pope Francis, who has been critized today for not doing enough to stop the torture and…
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Transformational Leadership

Posted on February 17, 2013 at 12:36pm 1 Comment

This is a great question.  Burn-out is a major concern for all who work in the church.   

Research on transformational leadership explains how leaders can intrinsically motivate and re-fuel their people in four ways:

  • inspirational motivation -…
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Generosity and Leadership

Posted on February 17, 2013 at 12:26pm 0 Comments

The Notre Dame Institute for Church Life released a very important study entitled, "Unleashing Catholic Generosity". 

Major findings include:

  • Catholics are less likely than Protestants to "tithe" to their parish or give to religious…
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