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PhD, MDiv, MBA
Director, Doctor of Ministry
Director, Work with Purpose
Professor of Ministry Leadership
Bethel University, St. Paul, MN
Dr. Irving is the Director of the Work with Purpose Initiative at Bethel University. The initiative helps students, church leaders, and Christians in the marketplace consider how faith and work are informed from biblical and theological perspectives. More on the Work with Purpose Initiative may be found here.
Dr. Irving is among a group of early researchers helping take the field of servant leadership studies from theory to empirical investigation. His dissertation focused on the relationship between servant leadership and the effectiveness of teams, and he has gone on to examine servant leadership in diverse organizations and cultural contexts.
Serving as an effective leader necessitates understanding intercultural competence in leadership. Dr. Irving has engaged intercultural leadership in a variety of contexts including research, writing, teaching, and personal intercultural work with the US and around the world.
Most individuals understand that purpose and meaning matter in life. What others may not know is that it contributes to effective leadership as well. Dr. Irving has a passion for helping leaders and organizational members understand why purpose matters, and what the research literature says about the topic as well.