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Matt is an author, speaker, and consultant eager to help you do work that matters, and do it better. More than that, he wants to help you do your work and influence the culture in a gospel-centered way.
Matt is the author of the best-selling book What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done and is a popular speaker on leadership, productivity, and theology from a God-centered perspective. His work has been featured in Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, and Desiring God.
In 2015 he co-founded the organization, What’s Best Next, to help empower Christians to be more productive in all areas of life, and to do so in a way that is God-centered and gospel-driven.
Prior to that he served for 13 years at Desiring God leading the web department, serving as director of strategy, and helping build the ministry for greater spreading. He has also served as director of marketing at Made to Flourish, an organization dedicated to equipping pastors to connect faith and work.
Matt received his undergrad in philosophy (with a minor in business) from the University of Northern Iowa, studied under John Piper at The Bethlehem Institute, and received his M.Div. in biblical and theological studies from Southern Seminary.
James has broad experience leading collaborative teams and managing complex projects. Previously serving at Crossway as Executive Director of Marketing & Communications, he was responsible for product marketing and communications, leading campaigns for 100+ projects annually and all marketing initiatives for the ESV Bible.
A co-founder of What’s Best Next, James loves launching good ideas and helping organizations build strong teams and systems for their significant work.
James is also founder of the Useful Group, a team of creative professionals providing strategy and solutions for missions that matter. The Useful Group specializes in marketing, content, and publishing support for businesses, nonprofits, churches, authors, and other important causes.