Religion, Spiritual Development

Desire Street Ministries

Developing thriving and sustainable urban ministries

aka DSM

Atlanta, GA


Our mission is to love our neighbor by revitalizing under-resourced neighborhoods through spiritual and community development.

Ruling Year


Executive Director

Mr. Danny Wuerffel

Main Address

600 Means St NW, Ste 110

Atlanta, GA 30318 USA


urban ministry, spiritual development, community development, indigenous leadership development, youth education





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Christian (X20)

Leadership Development (W70)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Most ministry leaders in under-resourced city neighborhoods burn out within 5-7 years because of the constant and critical need stressing the leaders, their families, and their organizations.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Coach, Care and Provide for Urban Ministry Leaders

Educate and Engage Others to Build Social Capital for Inner-City Ministry

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of overall donors

Population(s) served


Context notes

Desire Street is developing more comprehensive metrics, but is very grateful for each one of its donors.

Number of first-time donors

Population(s) served


Context notes

Our website generates most of our first-time donors.

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

We partner with leaders in developing thriving and sustainable urban ministries. We currently work intensively with 9 leaders in varying stages of a 5-7 year partnership agreement, share our expertise and support with over 100 leaders annually who contact us for counsel, and through our website provide resources to anyone with internet access. Specifically, our program services of ministry part include 1) equipping ministry leaders by coaching in principles of organization development, leadership, and ministry program management, 2) connecting leaders with other leaders who intimately understand this type of work and the needs, celebrations and heartbreaks, and 3) encouraging and shepherding leaders as they navigate ministry and relationship challenges.

Desire Street Ministries gathers and directs resources on the goal of revitalizing impoverished neighborhoods. We seek, educate and engage individuals and organizations with a heart for the inner-city—and coach and care for urban ministry leaders called there to live and work.

We encourage and shepherd leaders by:
- providing spiritual and personal support
- offering opportunities for spiritual refreshment and growth through retreats and one-to-one meetings, and
- increasing exposure to the ministries' work.

We equip leaders by:
- coaching ministries on organizational development and management through training retreats, seminars, and individualized consultations
- helping urban ministers grow in leadership skills
- assisting with developing fundraising strategies and accessing funding sources, and
- helping ministries raise social capital, and providing limited funding assistance.

We connect leaders by:
- offering opportunities and safe spaces to collaborate and connect at a deep level with other like-minded ministry leaders
- linking ministries with experienced leaders for training and support
- facilitating annual retreats and training opportunities for strategic partners and their families, as well one-day topical seminars

In concert with academic research and practical experience, Desire Street developed a proprietary set of tools call the Thriving Index which provides increased understanding of one's leadership and ministry strengths in 3 core areas.

Leaders are assessed on their organizational health, their leadership health and their ministry DNA and strength. After a period of coaching and walking with our partners (usually 5 to 7 years), they are the re-assessed to determine improvement in their ability to survive and thrive in urban ministry.

Our Thriving Index is a tool that "keeps getting better." In the first several uses of it, results have matched well to our own intuition based on experience. With each use, the statistical correlations regenerate and become more precise in their predictive and analytical strength.

So far, we have developed our programs and offerings, and our approach has been validated on our first several ministry partners. We are now poised to expand our reach to more partners, as resources allow.

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Affiliations & Memberships

Christian Community Development Association - Member



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Board Leadership Practices

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Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?



Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?



Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?



Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?



Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?