Dr. Norma Cook Everist

Norma Cook Everist, Ph. D.
Professor of Church Administration and Educational Ministry

Webpage: www.normacookeverist.com

Blog: normacookeverist.blogspot.com

E-Mail: ncookeverist@wartburgseminary.edu

Office Number:   203 Fritschel Hall
Office Phone:   (563) 589-0223
Fax: (563) 589-0333 
Photo - Norma Everist
MN250W Educational Ministry
MN350W Church Administration and Mission (with Craig Nessan)
MN157W Diaconal Ministry: Theology, Ministry and Formation
IN323W Transition for Diaconal Ministry and Mission
MN301W Connecting Faith, Culture and Daily Life
MN351W Church Conflict
MN352W Collaborative Leadership
IN308W Leaders in Mission: A Theological Task (with colleagues)
MN380W Pastoral Theology Method (with colleagues)
MN359W Education: Key to Evangelism
MN360W Our Calling in Education
MN251W The Church as Learning Community
MN367W Women and Men: Colleagues in Ministry (with Nathan Frambach)
MN368W Gender, Power and Leadership

Transforming Leadership.(with Craig Nessan) Fortress, 2008
Christian Education as Evangelism, ed. Fortress, 2007
Open the Doors and See All the People: Stories of Congregational Identity and Vocation. Augsburg Fortress, 2005
Church Conflict: From Contention to Collaboration. Abingdon, 2004
The Church as Learning Community. Abingdon, 2002
The Difficult But Indispensable Church, ed. Fortress, 2002
Ordinary Ministry: Extraordinary Challenge, ed. Abingdon, 2000
Connections: Faith and Life (with Nelvin Vos). Chicago: The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, 1997
Where in the World Are You? Connecting Faith and Daily Life. The Alban Institute, 1996
Gentle Strength: Homilies and Hymns of Ralph F. Smith (compiler and editor). Wartburg Theological Seminary, 1995
Since You Asked (with Burton Everist). Augsburg, 1989
Education Ministry in the Congregation. Augsburg, 1983
[For a list of published chapters in books, articles, and other resources, click on Prof. Everist's "Curriculum Vita" link under her Education]
Doctor of Philosophy
University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology
Master of Divinity
Yale Divinity School
Master of Arts in Religion
Concordia Seminary
Bachelor of Arts
Valparaiso University
Click here for complete curriculum vitae.



Professor Norma Cook Everist, who has taught at Wartburg for many years, helps foster a seminary community atmosphere of shared power and partnership that builds on the gifts and insights of the students, which in turn enhances learning for leadership in the church and in the world. She previously taught at Yale Divinity School.

She is a widely known lecturer across the country and the author of numerous books, chapters in books, articles and educational resources. Her most recent titles include Transforming Leadership, co-authored with Craig Nessan and Connections: Faith and Life, co-authored with Nelvin Vos. "Connections is a four-unit experiential adult education resource using Luther's Large Catechism.

Her current research focuses on "Vocation," "Ministry in Daily Life," and the Epistles. She has prepared "Grace and Peace to You," a Yearlong Devotional Journey though the Epistles. Both these Daily Devotions and Connections are available on the Wartburg website under "Resources" for people to download, print and use.

She has served nationally and internationally on many task forces and committees in the areas of ministry, leadership, theological education, gender studies, and ministry in daily life. She is faculty editor for The Persistent Voice, a networking newsletter. She enjoys visiting congregations and church agencies where Wartburg graduates serve. She communicates regularly on her blog, "Conversations on the Church's Vocation in the Public World."

Everist is a deaconess and an ordained ELCA pastor.


Dr. Everist has extensive knowledge in the following categories and is able to serve as a resource on:

  • Collaborative Leadership
  • Educational Ministry and Methods
  • Church Conflict
  • American Civil Religion
  • Ministry in daily life
  • Power, authority, and leadership
  • Partnership of Women and Men



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