"The means is dialogue, the end is learning, the purpose is peace." ~ Founder Dr. Jane Vella

Matthew Norman

Favorite Quote

“The more you see the less you know, the less you find out as you go. I knew much more then than I do now” (U2 City of Blinding Lights: 2004)

In Brief

Matt works with CBF Global Missions as Missiologist and Educational Development Specialist, based in Atlanta, GA.  His responsibilities include managing Learning and development process for field personnel and related congregations.  Matt is also the CBF Missiologist—a role in which he guides the way that CBF conducts its mission practice.

Matt is a global citizen, growing up as a missionary kid in Uganda and Greece, and working among internationals in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  He has traveled extensively in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas. 

Education

Fuller Theological Seminary, MA 2009
      Master of Arts in Global Leadership
Gardner-Webb University, BA 1997
      Communications

Related Professional Experience

Matt envisioned and developed the new organizational paradigm through which CBF is engaging local/global congregations and partners called Communities of Missional Practice.  

Matt conceptualized and designed a comprehensive life long learning and training process including face to face and Online learning opportunities for CBF personnel and partners distributed globally.

Matt regularly consults with churches regarding organizational dynamics and leadership development, and worked for five years in Account Management in the Advertising industry.

Professional Associations & Community Service

American Society of Missiology 2008-current
Baptist World Alliance 2005-current
          Christian Ethics Commission
          Missions and Evangelism Workgroup

Publications

Religious Faith, Torture, and Our National Soul. Edited by David P. Gushee, J. Drew Zimmer, and Jillian Hickman Zimmer. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2010.

Research Interests & Areas of Professional Expertise

Matt’s research interests and areas of expertise include Dialogue Education, Organic leadership, Adaptive  Leadership, Cross-Cultural Training,  Missiology,  Asset-Based Community Development  and Leadership Development in Multi-Cultural environments

Educational Goals

Matt looks forward to studying the latest research regarding leadership and organizational management in this era of globalization and dispersed multi-ethnic organizations.

Away from Work

Married to Michelle, they have two children.  Their daughter Cayden is nine, and son Aaron is five.  Matt enjoys playing sports—basketball, soccer, racquetball—and spending time with his wife and kids.  Music is also a passion; Matt plays several instruments and writes songs.  Reading, traveling the world and studying culture are also loves.

Matthew Norman