Matt was asked to contribute a chapter to a book published by the United Methodist General Board on Higher Education and Ministry, Beyond the Burning Bush: Hearing & Answering God's Call, about his calling story. His chapter talks about his youth pastor, Will Penner, who gave him leadership opportunities and nurtured his potential for ministry.
You can learn the "doing" of ministry from books and classes, Matt says, but learning the "being" of ministry takes the care and nurture of a trusted mentor to help one see and understand the calling and gifts God has placed on one's life.
Matt is truly called and gifted for ministry. It's all guts and no glory, and he does it all for love of God and love of people in the name of Jesus Christ.