Dan R Ebener
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  • Davenport, IA
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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
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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.


 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…

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 -…

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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