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Mobile Ed: LD102 The Ministry Leader and the Inner Life (11 hour course - audio)

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A lack of spiritual formation among ministry leaders has resulted in frequent ethical failures, lost positions, and devastated ministries. In LD102 Dr. Irving illustrates the need for attending to the inner life for anyone involved in ministry leadership. This course helps defend against spiritual burnout and ethical failures by walking you through a process of spiritual formation that is rooted in both community and the Holy Spirit. Dr. Irving offers a thorough explanation of contemporary leadership emergence theory, undergirding this work with a survey of spiritual gifts and providing a holistic approach to personal formation. This course concludes with a fourfold approach to discipleship that you will appreciate as much for yourself as for discipling others.

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Course Outline


  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Unit 1: Introduction to Leadership

  • The Leader’s Inner Life
  • Levels of Leadership
  • Self-Leadership
  • Spiritual Formation in Community
  • Spiritual Formation in Authenticity
  • Spiritual Formation in God’s Presence
  • Spiritual Formation in Process
  • Spiritual Formation in the Spirit
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Increasing Emotional Intelligence
  • The Dark Side of Leadership
  • Finding Context for Your Story

Unit 2: Personal Formation: Self-Leadership Essentials

  • Integrity and the Prevention of Moral Failure
  • Foundations of Leadership
  • Self-Attention
  • Overview of Leadership Emergence Theory
  • Applying Leadership Emergence Theory
  • Resiliency and Effective Leadership
  • Self-Differentiation and Effective Leadership
  • Self-Identity and Effective Leadership

Unit 3: Personal Formation: Life Story

  • The Importance of Life Story
  • Understanding Your Life Story
  • Investing in Your Life Story
  • Life Callings
  • Calling and Purpose
  • Life Story and Life Calling
  • Life Values
  • Actualizing Life Values
  • Life Goals
  • Guidelines for Setting Goals
  • Life Motivation
  • Personality Types
  • Personality Types and Life Gifts
  • Spiritual Gifts
  • Spiritual Gifts for All Christians
  • Appreciating Spiritual Gifts
  • Gifts and Life Passion

Unit 4: Personal Formation: Emotions and Strengths

  • Emotional Maturity
  • Responding to Emotions
  • Understanding Myers-Briggs Personality Types
  • Assessing Myers-Briggs Personality Types
  • Strengths-Based Leadership
  • Appreciating Diversity of Strengths

Unit 5: Spiritual Formation: Perspectives

  • Introduction to Holistic and Eternal Perspectives
  • Introduction to Divine and Joyful Perspectives
  • Holistic Perspective: An Illustration
  • Holistic Perspective: Four Dimensions
  • Holistic Perspective: Celebrating Differences
  • Holistic Perspective: Engaging the Whole
  • Eternal Perspective: Suffering
  • Eternal Perspective: Spiritual Vision
  • Divine Perspective: Godliness
  • Divine Perspective: Means and Goal
  • Joyful Perspective: Unlimited Pleasure
  • Joyful Perspective: God’s Grace
  • Dependence on God’s Grace
  • God’s Condescension

Unit 6: Spiritual Formation: The Mind

  • Introduction to a Holistic Model of Discipleship
  • Intellectual Disciplines
  • Knowing God Himself
  • Learning from the Past
  • Introduction to Doxological Research
  • Dimensions of Doxological Researchers
  • Priorities of Doxological Researchers: Spiritual Grounding, Part 1
  • Priorities of Doxological Researchers: Spiritual Grounding, Part 2
  • Priorities of Doxological Researchers: Godward Curiosity
  • Priorities of Doxological Researchers: Humble Self-Efficacy
  • Priorities of Doxological Researchers: Excellence in Inquiry
  • Priorities of Doxological Researchers: Kingdom Impact
  • Motivations and Goals of Doxological Research
  • Ultimate and Subordinate Motivations and Goals of Doxological Research

Unit 7: Spiritual Formation: The Heart

  • Emotional Disciplines
  • Private Prayer and Public Prayer
  • Lord’s Prayer, Part 1
  • Lord’s Prayer, Part 2
  • Possibilities in Prayer
  • Daily Examination in Prayer
  • Worship
  • Fasting
  • Delighting in God

Unit 8: Spiritual Formation: Actions

  • Missional Disciplines
  • Foundations of Missional Christianity, Part 1
  • Foundations of Missional Christianity, Part 2

Unit 9: Spiritual Formation: Community

  • Relational Disciplines
  • Unity and Fellowship
  • Living in Community

Unit 10: A Life of Spiritual Discipline

  • Addressing Busyness
  • Living with Margin
  • Progress and Productivity


  • Course Summary and Challenge

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About Justin Irving

Dr. Justin Irving is the director of the doctor of ministry program and professor of ministry leadership at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dr. Irving has served as a worship leader and a pastor of leadership development and outreach in the local church. He has focused his writing and research on servant leadership, team leadership in the global context, self-sacrificial leadership, and the relationship between servant leadership and the effectiveness of teams in diverse ethno-linguistic communities.


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