About Me

Hi, I’m Michael Danner! I write this blog to help pastors and church leaders think deeply (or differently) about leading in Jesus’ movement! I’ve been a pastor, conference minister, and church leader for over 25 years. I currently serve as the Associate Executive Director for Church Vitality for Mennonite Church USA (but the content here is all mine).

I’m sure you’ve noticed that the world has changed!  While the change didn’t take God by surprise, it sure took a lot of church leaders by surprise. My goal is to help you navigate your current cultural context as pastoral theologians, curators and experiment makers serving local congregations. 

I’m Anabaptist by conviction and Mennonite by choice.

Education:  BS in Speech Communications, University of Illinois, Urbana; MAR, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL; DMin in Contextual Theology, Northern Seminary, Lisle, IL.

I’ve worked as…a youth ministry in the United Methodist Church, a Christian Education Director in the NACCC, an associate pastor and lead pastor in MC USA, a conference minister for Illinois Mennonite Conference, and, now, as Associate Executive Director for MC USA.

I enjoy speaking, writing, coaching pastors, and consulting with local congregations.