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Matthew Johnson | Director of Spiritual Formation

Matthew Johnson is a contemplative pilgrim walking the spiritual path. His primary calling is to the practice of spiritual direction, helping others listen for God’s guidance in their lives. This calling shapes the rest of his work. In addition to his role as the Director of Spiritual Formation for the Missional Wisdom Foundation, he is also a Neighborhood Animator for the Neighboring Movement, a non-profit organization focused on Asset-Based Community Development based in Wichita, Kansas. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Friends University in the area of Christian Spiritual Formation.

Matthew has written small group guides for the Apprentice Series of books (The Good and Beautiful God, The Good and Beautiful Life, and The Good and Beautiful Community) as well as James Bryan Smith’s newest book, The Magnificent Story. Prior to working with the Neighboring Movement, Matthew served at the Andover United Methodist Church as the assistant minister for 15 years. 

Matthew loves music and plays several instruments, often while sitting out in the front yard. One of his favorite activities is asking great questions to discover who people are and how their passions can help shape their life. He and his wife, Catherine live in the SoCe Neighborhood of Wichita, Kansas. Together they recently hiked the Camino de Santiago, a 500 mile spiritual pilgrimage across Spain.