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Dr. Irving has served at Bethel Seminary since 2000 in a variety of faculty and administrative roles. In addition to his work with Bethel, Irving has also served as a worship leader and pastor of leadership development in the local church, chaplain at a homeless shelter in Minneapolis, and adjunct instructor of Bible at the University of Northwestern.

Irving’s research and writing interests include a focus on purpose in leadership, self-sacrificial leadership, metanarrative and leadership effectiveness, team leadership in the global context, and the relationship between servant leadership and the effectiveness of teams in diverse ethno-linguistic communities. Irving blogs at and on the Patheos Faith & Work Channel.

Purpose in Leadership Blog


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Dr. Justin Irving

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