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Justin Irving

Job Titles

  • Program Director
    Doctor of Ministry, Bethel Seminary
  • Professor
    Ministry (M.A.), Bethel Seminary

Started at Bethel

2000

Education

  • Regent University - Ph.D., Organizational Leadership, 2005
  • Bethel Seminary - M.Div., New Testament, Greek, Hebrew, 2000
  • University of Northwestern, St. Paul - B.A., Bible, Psychology, Spanish, 1995

Research interests

Leadership Studies; Servant Leadership; Team Effectiveness; Cross-Cultural Leadership; Organizational Change; Ministry Leadership; Purpose in Leadership; Leadership Assessment; Research Methodology and Design; Spiritual and Personal Formation for Leaders

Biography

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, I now live in Minneapolis, MN with my wife, Tasha, and our five children. I am passionate about raising up leaders to serve the movements of God in our world. Previous positions include serving as pastor of leadership development and outreach in the local church, worship leader, assistant youth minister, chaplain at a homeless shelter in Minneapolis, and adjunct instructor of Bible at the University of Northwestern, St. Paul. I have worked at Bethel Seminary for 15 years in a variety of faculty and administrative roles. I currently serve as Professor of Ministry Leadership and Director of our Doctor of Ministry program. I blog regularly on leadership oriented themes at purposeinleadership.com. Find my leadership discussions on social media on Twitter @lead2purpose or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/purposeinleadership

Courses Taught

Doctor of Ministry Courses

ML821: Servant Leadership: An Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Transformational Servant Leadership

ML822: The Servant Leader & Followers: The Art of Leadership Development

ML823: The Servant Leader & the Inner Life: The Art of Self-Leadership

ML921: The Servant Leader & Team Effectiveness: The Art of Leading Teams

ML922: The Servant Leader & Organizational Effectiveness: The Art of Cultural Architecture and Leadership Communication

ML867: Executive and Empowering Leadership

ML890: Organizational Change and Communication

GS901: Thesis Proposal Foundations

GS902: Thesis Proposal Workshop (Research Methodology and Design)

Ministry Models for Sustainable Community Transformation (coming 2016)

Masters-Level Courses

ML523: Introduction to Transformational Leadership

ML615: Organizational Leadership and Church Governance

ML630: Team Leadership in Global Perspective

ML631: Leadership Communication in Global Perspective

ML647: Servant Leadership

Awards

Licensed and Ordained Minister of the Gospel, Converge Worldwide/BGC (present)

Outstanding Scholar Award, American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences (2009)

Seminary Faculty Excellence Award (2008)

Best Paper Award for Leadership Track, American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences (2006)

Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges: Regent University (2004-05)

Colleague of the Month, Bethel University (March, 2003)

Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges: Bethel Seminary (1999-2000)

Ralph and Marie Brushaber Scholarship (1999-2000)

Runbeck Scholarship Fund (1999-2000)

ETA BETA RHO, National Honor Society of Students of Hebrew Language and Culture, (Inducted, May 1999)

Sandy Ford Leadership Award in Evangelism (1998-1999)

Carl Gustaf Langergren Memorial Scholarship (1998-1999)

International Order of the King's Daughters and Sons, Scholarship Recipient (1996-1997; 1997-1998; 1998-1999)

Edwin and Marie Omark Scholarship (1997-1998)

Minnesota School of Missions, Scholarship Recipient (1996-1997)

University of Northwestern Student Commencement Speaker (May, 1995)

Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges: University of Northwestern (1994-1995)

Notable Names in Evangelism for Nacie 1994

Publications

Irving, Justin A. (2014). Assessing Leader Goal-Orientation, Follower-Focus, and Purpose-in-Leadership: Development and Initial Testing of the Purpose in Leadership Inventory. Servant Leadership Theory & Practice, 1(1), 53-67. Published at: http://www.sltpjournal.org/uploads/2/6/3/9/26394582/6_irving_-_print_v1_i1_2.pdf

Howard, Christopher S., & Irving, Justin A. (2014). The Impact of Obstacles Defined by Developmental Antecedents on Resilience in Leadership Formation. Management Research Review, 37(5), 466-478.

McNeff, Mike, & Irving, Justin A. (in review). Job Satisfaction and The Priority of Valuing People: A Case Study of Servant Leadership Practice in a Network of Family Owned Companies. International Journal of Leadership Studies.

Nordbye, Valorie C., & Irving, Justin A. (in review). An Examination of Effective Leadership among Millennials: The Impact of Servant Leadership within a US National Campus Ministry. Journal of Virtues and Leadership.

Irving, Justin A. (2013). Assessing Leader Goal-Orientation, Follower-Focus, and Purpose-in-Leadership: Development and Initial Testing of the Purpose in Leadership Inventory. Proceedings of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences, 20(1), 82-93. Published at: http://asbbs.org/files/ASBBS2013V1/PDF/I/IrvingJ(P82-93).pdf

Howard, Christopher S., & Irving, Justin A. (2013). The Impact of Obstacles and Developmental Experiences on Resilience in Leadership Formation. Proceedings of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences, 20(1), 679-687. Published at: http://asbbs.org/files/ASBBS2013V1/PDF/H/Howard_Irving%28679-687%29.pdf

Howard, Christopher S., & Irving, Justin A. (2012). The Role of Obstacles in Leadership Formation. Proceedings of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences, 19(1), 433-442. Published at: http://asbbs.org/files/ASBBS2012V1/PDF/H/HowardC.pdf

Irving, Justin A. (2011). A Model for Effective Servant Leadership Practice: A Biblically-Consistent and Research-Based Approach to Leadership. Journal of Biblical Perspectives in Leadership, 3(2), 118-128. Published at: http://www.regent.edu/acad/global/publications/jbpl/vol3no2/JBPL_Vol3No2_Irving_pp118-128.pdf

Irving, Justin A. (2010). Cross-cultural perspectives on servant leadership. In Servant leadership: Developments in theory and research (Ch. 10). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Irving, Justin A.(2010). Educating Global Leaders: Exploring Intercultural Competence in Leadership Education. Journal of International Business and Cultural Studies, 3(1). Paper published at: http://www.aabri.com/manuscripts/09392.pdf

McIntosh, Timothy. A., & Irving, Justin. A. (2010). Evaluating the Instrumento de Contribucion al Liderazgo de Siervo (ICLS) for reliability in Latin America. The Journal of Virtues and Leadership, 1(1), 30-49. http://www.regent.edu/acad/global/publications/jvl/vol1_iss1/McIntosh_Irving_Final.pdf

Lanctot, James. D. & Irving, Justin. A. (2010). Character and leadership: Situating servant leadership in a proposed virtues framework. International Journal of Leadership Studies, 5(4). http://www.regent.edu  /acad/global/publications/ijls/new/vol6iss1/2_Final%20Edited%20Lanctot%20and%20Irving_pp%2028-50.pdf

Irving, Justin A. (2010). Intercultural Competence in Leadership Education: Keys to Educating Global Leaders. Journal of Business and Educational Leadership, 1(1), 3-13. Published at: http://asbbs.org/files/2010/JBEL%201.1_Fall_2009_March_2010.pdf

Irving, Justin A., & McIntosh, Timothy. A. (2009). Investigating the Value of and Hindrances to Servant Leadership in the Latin American Context: Initial Findings from Peruvian Leaders. Journal of International Business and Cultural Studies, 2(1). Paper published at: http://aabri.com/manuscripts/09179.pdf

Irving, Justin A. (2009). Intercultural Competence in Leadership Education: Keys to Educating Global Leaders. Journal of Business and Educational Leadership, 1(1), 3-13. Paper published at: http://asbbs.org/files/2010/JBEL%201.1_Fall_2009_March_2010.pdf

Irving, Justin A. (2009). Intercultural Competence in Leadership Education: Keys to Educating Global Leaders. Proceedings of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences, 16(1). Paper published at: http://asbbs.org/files/2009/PDF/I/IrvingJ.pdf

Irving, Justin A. (2008). Utilizing the Organizational Leadership Assessment as a strategic tool for increasing the effectiveness of teams within organizations. Journal of Management and Marketing Research, 1(1), 111-124. Paper published at: http://www.aabri.com/manuscripts/08064.pdf

McIntosh, Timothy. A., & Irving, Justin. A. (2008). Evaluating the Instrumento de Contribucion al Liderazgo de Siervo (ICLS) for reliability in Latin America. Proceedings of the 2008 Servant Leadership Research Roundtable. Paper published at: http://www.regent.edu/acad/global/publications/sl_proceedings/2008/mcintosh-irving.pdf

Lanctot, James. D. & Irving, Justin. A. (2007). Character and leadership: Situating servant leadership in a proposed virtues framework. Proceedings of the 2007 Servant Leadership Research Roundtable. Paper published at: http://www.regent.edu/acad/global/publications/sl_proceedings/2007/lanctot-irving.pdf

Irving, Justin. A., & Longbotham, Gail. J. (2007). Servant leadership predictors of team effectiveness: Findings and implications. Journal of Business and Behavioral Sciences, 15(2), 82-94.

Irving, Justin. A., & Longbotham, Gail. J. (2007). Team effectiveness and six essential servant leadership themes: A regression model based on items in the Organizational Leadership Assessment. International Journal of Leadership Studies, 2(2), 98-113. Article published at http://www.regent.edu/acad/global/publications/ijls/new/vol2iss2/IrvingLongbotham/ IrvingLongbothamV2Is2.pdf

Irving, Justin. A., & McIntosh, Timothy. (2007). Evaluating the Reliability of the Evaluacion Organizacional de Liderazgo Among Spanish Speaking Latin Americans. Proceedings of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences, 14(1), 786-805.

Irving, Justin. A., & Longbotham, Gail. J. (2007). Leading Effective Teams Through Servant Leadership: An Expanded Regression Model of Essential Servant Leadership Themes. Proceedings of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences, 14(1), 806-817.

Matteson, Jeffrey. A., & Irving, Justin. A. (2006). Exploring servant and self-sacrificial leadership: A research proposal for assessing the commonalities and distinctions of two follower oriented leadership theories. American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences E- Journal, 2(1). Available at http://www.asbbs.org/ejournal.html

Irving, Justin. A., & Longbotham, Gail. J. (2006). Examining the Impact of Servant Leadership on Team Effectiveness: Findings and Implications for those at the Crossroads of Leadership Scholarship and Practice. Proceedings from the 8th Annual International Leadership Association Conference, Refereed Paper Track.

Matteson, Jeffrey. A., & Irving, Justin. A. (2006). Servant versus self-sacrificial leadership: A behavioral comparison of two follower-oriented leadership theories. International Journal of Leadership Studies, 2(1), 36-51. Article published at http://www.regent.edu/acad/global/publications/ijls/new/vol2iss1/matteson/mair.pdf

Irving, Justin. A., & Longbotham, Gail. J. (2006). Team effectiveness and six essential servant leadership themes: A regression model based on items in the Organizational Leadership Assessment. Proceedings of the 2006 Servant Leadership Research Roundtable. Paper published at: http://www.regent.edu/acad/global/publications/sl_proceedings/2006/irving_longbotham.pdf

Irving, Justin. A., & McIntosh, Timothy. (2006). Investigating the value of and hindrances to servant leadership in the Latin American context: Initial findings from Peruvian leaders. Proceedings of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences, 13(1), 874-887.

Irving, Justin. A., & Longbotham, Gail. J. (2006). Servant leadership predictors of team effectiveness: Findings and implications. Proceedings of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences, 13(1), 862-873.

Matteson, Jeffrey. A., & Irving, Justin. A. (2006). Exploring servant and self-sacrificial leadership: A research proposal for assessing the commonalities and distinctions of two follower oriented leadership theories. Proceedings of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences, 13(1), 1305-1319.

Irving, Justin. A. (2005). Exploring the relationship between servant leadership and team effectiveness: Findings from the nonprofit sector. Proceedings of the 2005 Servant Leadership Research Roundtable. Paper published at: http://www.regent.edu/acad/global/publications/sl_proceedings/2005/irving_exploring.pdf

Matteson, Jeffrey. A., & Irving, Justin. A. (2005). Servant versus self-sacrificial leadership: Commonalities and distinctions of two follower-oriented leadership theories. Proceedings of the 2005 Servant Leadership Research Roundtable. Paper published at: http://www.regent.edu/acad/global/publications/sl_proceedings/2005/matteson_servant.pdf

Irving, Justin. A. (2005). Servant Leadership and Team Effectiveness. Dissertation Abstracts International, 66(04A), 1421. (UMI No. 3173207)

Irving, Justin. A. (2005). Lessons for leaders from Christ's example of humble self-sacrifice: A sacred texture analysis of Philippians 2:5-11. In Strategies for effective Leadership: US and Russian Perspective (pp. 115-127). Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse.

Irving, Justin. A. (2005). Utilizing The Organizational Leadership Assessment as a strategic tool for increasing the effectiveness of teams within organizations. Proceedings of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences, 12(1), 837-848.

Irving, Justin. A. (2005). The benefits, challenges, and practice of team leadership in the global context. In Strategies for effective Leadership: US and Russian Perspective (pp. 227-246). Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse.

Irving, Justin. A. (2004). "Perspective for Leaders on Wealth." Devotional published at http://www.bealeaderforgodssake.org/devotional/devotional_005.html

Irving, Justin. A., & Klenke, Karin. (2004). Telos, Chronos, and Hermeneia: The role of metanarrative in leadership effectiveness through the production of meaning. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 3(3). Article 3. Paper may be retrieved from https://ejournals.library.ualberta.ca/index.php/IJQM/article/view/4464/3578

Irving, Justin. A. (2004). Evaluating the reliability and validity of the Dark Side of Leadership Profile. Proceedings of the 2004 International Leadership Studies Conference.

Irving, Justin. A. (2004). Servant leadership and the effectiveness of teams: Findings and implications. Proceedings of the 2004 Servant Leadership Research Roundtable. Paper published at http://www.regent.edu/acad/global/publications/sl_proceedings/2004/irving_servant_leadership.pdf

Irving, Justin. A., Howard, Christopher, & Matteson, Jeffrey. (2004). Framing metanarrative: The role of metanarrative in leadership effectiveness through the production of meaning. Proceedings of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences, 11(1), 738-750.

Irving, Justin. A. (2003). Decentralization and the shared leadership of the New Testament. Bethel Seminary. Paper utilized in a course on Team Leadership.

Irving, Justin. A. (2003). Telos, Chronos, and Hermeneia: The causal role of metanarrative in leadership effectiveness through the production of meaning. Proceedings for the 2003 International Leadership Studies Conference.

Irving, Justin. A. (2000). The Nonprofit Organization. An unpublished manuscript presenting a theology and practice of leadership within the nonprofit sector.

Presentations

Work with Purpose and Ministry Preparation. Bethel Seminary (2015)

Work with Purpose in the Church. Catalyst Covenant (2015)

Faith, Work, and the Church. Cambridge Pastors Luncheon (2015)

The Holy Spirit and Our Gospel Transformation. Hiawatha All-Church Retreat (2014)

Assessing Leader Goal-Orientation, Follower-Focus, and Purpose-in-Leadership: Development and Initial Testing of the Purpose in Leadership Inventory. The 20th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences (2013)

The Impact of Obstacles and Developmental Experiences on Resilience in Leadership Formation. The 20th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences (2013)

Servant Leadership: Biblical Basis & Contemporary Application. Caleb Program Students, Fond-des-Blancs, Haiti (2013)

The Role of Obstacles in Leadership Formation. The 19th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences (2012)

The Impact of Servant Leadership within a US National Campus Ministry: An Examination of Effective Leadership among Millenials. The 2012 Servant Leadership Research Roundtable (2012)

Job Satisfaction and the Priority of Valuing People: A Case Study of Servant Leadership Practice in a Network of Family Owned Companies. The 2012 Servant Leadership Research Roundtable (2012)

How to Encourage Servant Leadership in Your Ministry. Mission India Theological Seminary Leadership Conference, Nagpur, India (2012)

Servant Leadership: Biblical Basis & Contemporary Application. Mission India Theological Seminary Leadership Conference, Nagpur, India (2012)

Partnership in the Gospel: Engaging the Message of the Book of Philippians. Chisholm Baptist Church Fall Conference (2011)

Envisioning the Future of Crossroads Church. Leadership Team Retreat, Crossroads Church of St. Cloud (2011)

Partnership in the Gospel: Engaging the Message of the Book of Philippians. Hiawatha All-Church Retreat (2011)

Godly Conflict Resolution. The 2010 Love INC National Conference (2010)

Intercultural Competence in Leadership Education: Keys to Educating Global Leaders. Keynote Address. The 16th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences (2009)

Evaluating the Instrumento de Contribucion al Liderazgo de Siervo (ICLS) for Reliability in Latin America. The 2008 Servant Leadership Research Roundtable (2008)

How to Encourage Servant Leadership in Your Ministry. Liderando Como Jesus--El Lider Que El Peru Necesita III conference in Lima, Peru (2007)

How to Lead Teams. Liderando Como Jesus--El Lider Que El Peru Necesita III conference in Lima, Peru (2007)

The Process of Empowerment in Church Planting. Seminario Evangelico de Lima (2007).

The Function of Emotional Intelligence in the Life of the Church Planter. Seminario Evangelico de Lima (2007)

The Leader as Servant: Leadership Reflections on Matthew 20:20-28, Instituto Biblico International, Lima, Peru (2007)

Evaluating the Reliability of the Servant Leadership Assessment Instrument (Istrument d'Evaluation du Serviteur Dirigeant) Among French Speaking Rwandans: An Exploratory Study. The 9th Annual Global Conference of the International Leadership Association, Vancouver, Canada (2007)

Exploring the Emergent Church. Association of Christians in Student Development (2007).

What's Needed to Lead through Change. Annual Meeting of the Minnesota Association of Rural Telecommunications (2007)

Leading Effective Teams through Servant Leadership: An Expanded Regression Model of Essential Servant Leadership Themes. The 14th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences (2007)

Evaluating the Reliability of the Evaluacion Organizacional de Liderazgo Among Spanish Speaking Latin Americans. The 14th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences (2007)

Servant Leadership for Good Governance. Great Lakes Regional Conference on Good Governance in Kigali, Rwanda (2006)

Servant Leadership Predictors of Team Effectiveness: Findings and Implications. The 13th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences (2006)

Investigating the Value of and Hinderances to Servant Leadership in the Latin American Context: Initial Findings from Peruvian Leaders. The 13th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences (2006)

Exploring Servant Versus Self-Sacrificial Leadership: A Research Proposal for Assessing the Commonalities and Distinctions of Two Follower-Oriented Leadership Theories. The 13th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences (2006)

Transformational Leadership. The 2006 Love INC National Conference (2006).

Laying Down Your Rights for the Unreached. Meadow Creek Church's 2006 Missions Conference (2006)

Exploring the Relationship between Servant Leadership and Team Effectiveness: Findings from the Nonprofit Sector. The 2005 Servant Leadership Research Roundtable (2005)

Servant versus Self-Sacrificial Leadership: Commonalities and Distinctions of Two Follower-Oriented Leadership Theories. The 2005 Servant Leadership Research Roundtable (2005)

Transformational Leadership. The 2005 Love INC National Conference (2005).

Models of Leadership Communication. The 2005 Love INC National Conference (2005).

Servant Leadership in the Latin American Context. El Lider Que El Peru Necesita II conference in Lima, Peru (2005)

The Most Excellent Way: Engaging the Teachings, Example, and Very Attitude and Nature of Jesus' Love Saturated Approach To Leadership. La Vina del Senor church, Lima, Peru (2005)

Team Leadership in the Latin American Context: Reflections from the New Testament and Contemporary Leadership Theory. El Lider Que El Peru Necesita II conference in Lima, Peru (2005)

Utilizing The Organizational Leadership Assessment as a strategic tool for increasing the effectiveness of teams within organizations. The 12th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences (2005)

Evaluating the Validity and Reliability of the Dark Side of Leadership Profile. The 2004 International Leadership Studies Conference (2004)

Servant Leadership and the Effectiveness of Teams: Findings and Implications. The 2004 Servant Leadership Research Roundtable (2004)

The Benefits, Challenges, and Practice of Team Leadership in the Global Context. The 2004 Taylor University/Nizhni Novgorod State University Business Leadership Conference (2004)

Telos, Chronos, and Hermenia: Exploring the Role of Metanarrative in Ministry Leadership Effectiveness in the Face of Postmodern Criticism. The 49th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Regional Evangelical Theological Society (2004)

Self-Sacrificial Leadership: A Biographic Analysis of Ken Lay and the Apostle Paul. The 2004 Taylor University/Nizhni Novgorod State University Business Leadership Conference (2004)

Framing metanarrative: A quantitative examination of the role of metanarrative in leadership effectiveness through the production of meaning. The 11th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences (2004)

Telos, Chronos, and Hermeneia: A qualitative look at the role of Metanarrative in Leadership Effectiveness through the Production of Meaning. The 5th International Interdisciplinary Conference on Advances in Qualitative Methods, Edmonton, Canada (2004)

Telos, Chronos, and Hermeneia: The causal role of metanarrative in leadership effectiveness through the production of meaning. The 2003 International Leadership Studies Conference (2003)

Discovering Emotional Intelligence - Grace Fellowship's Small Groups Conference (2002 & 2003)

Ten Lessons from Paul for Short-Term Missions - University of Northwestern Missions Chapel (2003)

Are You a Missional Christian? - University of Northwestern Chapel (2002)

Exploring Transformational Leadership - University of Northwestern Leadership Advance Conference (2001)

Website

https://purposeinleadership.com