Justin A. Irving, Ph.D.

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, I now live in Minneapolis, MN with my wife, Tasha, and our five children. I am a Christ-follower on a journey of learning what it means to live, love, and lead with purpose. I’m passionate about time with family, friends, and neighbors, and I’m passionate about helping others engage their lives and leadership with purpose.

Fueled by this passion, I have served at Bethel Seminary for 15 years in a variety of faculty and administrative roles. I currently serve as Professor of Ministry Leadership, Director of our Doctor of Ministry program, and Director for Bethel’s Work with Purpose initiative aimed at equipping ministry leaders as they think intentionally about the integration of faith and work.

In the past, I have served as a worship leader and pastor of leadership development and outreach in the local church, chaplain at a homeless shelter, and adjunct instructor of Bible. My research and writing interests include a focus on self-sacrificial leadership, the importance of purpose and meaning in leadership, team leadership in the global context, and the relationship between servant leadership and the effectiveness of teams in diverse ethno-linguistic communities. Some of my more recent work is focused on developing a leadership assessment tool entitled the Purpose in Leadership Inventory.

My academic-oriented writing is available on the following website: www.irvingresources.com. Reflections on the practice of leading, working, and serving on purpose are available here at my blog: www.purposeinleadership.com.

Find me on LinkedIn and Twitter @lead2purpose.

9 thoughts on “About

  1. I had the pleasure of serving with Justin in a small church community for several years. His integrity in spiritual leadership and unbending commitment to Christ have had an enormous influence on my life. I am excited to track this blog.

  2. Justin,
    I look forward to following your posts about leadership in the future. Thanks for sharing your experience and knowledge!

  3. Justin – love your blog, brother! I am looking forward to reading more. I am just starting my own blog at http://www.johnhelmick.com. I also have a Ph.D….but it is in Chemistry, LoL! Love your ministry…that is fantastic! So glad we could connect! Blessings to you and yours!

  4. Hi Justin,
    Looks like you’re off to a good start with your blog. I really like your message. I hope your success grows. I’m glad we were able to make a connection.
    Five kids…God Bless You! We had our hands full with three boys.

  5. I have heard good things about the Transformational Leadership courses at Bethel. I have a doctorate in education from Indiana University. My dissertation was on transformational leadership in the local church. So I’m very interested in this topic. I saw your quote from the Summit so found my way here.
    I look forward to reading your blog.

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