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In this four-course Ministry Leadership Bundle, Dr. Justin Irving illustrates the importance of personal and spiritual formation for effective ministry leadership. A variety of leadership theories are presented and discussed in these courses, with special attention given to the question, “What’s the difference between leadership and management?” Through taking these courses you will gain a better understanding of how to ensure your ministry leadership is biblically based, culturally relevant, and practically effective.

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  • Title: Ministry Leadership Bundle
  • Instructor: Justin Irving
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 4
  • Video Hours: 42
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LD101 Introducing Ministry Leadership

  • Instructor: Justin Irving
  • Video hours: 9

In LD101, Dr. Irving introduces the critical subject of ministry leadership. Effective leadership is an essential component of any healthy organization, but what makes ministry leadership unique? In addition to providing surveys of contemporary leadership theories and obstacles to effective leadership, Dr. Irving explains the uniquely Christian approach to leadership, offering biblical examples from both the Old Testament and the New Testament. This course also demonstrates how the radical nature of servant leadership can transform your ministry.


  • Introducing the Course
Unit 1: Christian Leadership
  • Why Leadership? Why Now?
  • What Is Christian Leadership?
  • The Example of Servant Leadership
  • The Power of Servant Leadership
  • Considering Godly Leaders
  • Joshua: Leadership in Early Life
  • Joshua: Tested and Proven Leadership
  • Joshua: Called and Courageous Leadership
  • Joshua: Failure in Leadership
  • Joshua: A Leader’s Legacy
  • Leadership and Management
  • Vision Casting
  • Vision: Destination and Path
  • Understanding Our Times
  • Cultural Dimensions
  • Cultural Differences
Unit 2: Frameworks for Ministry Leadership
  • Purpose in Leadership
  • Holistic Leadership
  • Focusing on Goals
  • Focusing on Followers
  • A Biblical Model of Servant Leadership
  • Contemporary Models of Servant Leadership
  • Leading from the Inside Out
  • A Model for Servant Leadership: Begin with Authentic Leaders
  • A Model for Servant Leadership: Understand the Priority of People
  • A Model for Servant Leadership: Help Followers Navigate toward Effectiveness
  • Servant Leadership: John 13
  • Focusing on Purpose
Unit 3: Self-Leadership
  • Biblical Foundations for Self-Leadership
  • Values and Virtues
  • The Dark Side of Leadership
  • Leadership Emergence Theory
  • Self-Differentiation and Resiliency
  • Prioritizing Goals
  • Handling Conflict
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Dimensions of Emotional Intelligence
  • Understanding Myers-Briggs Personality Types
  • Strengths-Based Leadership Instrument
Unit 4: Leading Individuals
  • Historical Survey of Leadership Theories
  • Contingency and Situational Leadership
  • Other Types of Leadership
Unit 5: Leading Teams and Groups
  • Shared Leadership
  • Teams and Groups
  • Effective Team Members
  • Effective Team Relationships
  • Effective Team Development
  • Effective Team Leaders
  • Effective Team Diagnosis
  • Team Dimensions and Dysfunctions
Unit 6: Leading Organizations
  • Introduction to Organizational Leadership
  • Attitudes and Approaches of Organizational Leaders: Theories X and Y
  • Attitudes and Approaches of Organizational Leaders: Theory Z
  • Adapting to Shifting Paradigms
  • Applying Systems Thinking to Organizational Leadership
  • Organizational Roles
  • Communication Competencies for Leaders
  • Level 5 Leadership
  • Origins of Level 5 Leadership
  • The Path to Excellence
  • Leading as a Change Agent
  • Leadership in Emergent Self-Organization
  • Reimagining the Church
  • A Four-Frame Model of Organizations
  • Priority of Culture
  • Leading with Purpose
  • Course Summary and Challenge

LD102 The Ministry Leader and the Inner Life

  • Instructor: Justin Irving
  • Video hours: 11

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.


  • 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

LD201 Leading Teams and Groups in Ministry

  • Instructor: Justin Irving
  • Video hours: 11

In LD201, Dr. Irving uses a threefold foundation for leading teams and groups in ministry: team-based leadership is grounded in biblical and theological principles, it is culturally relevant, and it is practically relevant. This biblical approach to team-based leadership offers a survey of contemporary literature findings for conducting effective team leadership, helping you identify not only the challenges that often arise in team settings, but also how to determine solutions for moving toward a shared goal.


  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course
  • Critical Questions for the Course
Unit 1: Why Team Leadership?
  • An Important Conversation
  • Team Challenges
  • Team Benefits: Part 1
  • Team Benefits: Part 2
  • Speed versus Quality
Unit 2: Biblical and Theological Foundations of Team Leadership
  • Centralized versus Decentralized Leadership
  • Decentralized Leadership
  • Decentralized Leadership in Leadership Studies
  • Decentralized Leadership in Leadership Literature
  • Decentralized Leadership in the New Testament Church: Part 1
  • Decentralized Leadership in the New Testament Church: Part 2
  • Expressions of Decentralization in the Church: Part 1
  • Expressions of Decentralization in the Church: Part 2
  • Consensual Decision-Making: Part 1
  • Consensual Decision-Making: Part 2
  • Reasons for Decentralization: The Christological Message
  • Reasons for Decentralization: The Trinitarian God
  • Reasons for Decentralization: Familial Ecclesiological Metaphors
  • Reasons for Decentralization: Corporal Ecclesiological Metaphors
  • Decentralization: Summary
Unit 3: Cultural Relevancy of Team Leadership
  • The Dimensions of Principle and Style
  • Dominant Worldview Perspectives
  • The Postmodern Opportunity
  • Cultural Shifts: Relational and Person-Oriented Themes
  • Cultural Shifts: Missional and Dynamic Themes
  • Cultural Shifts: Incarnational and Informal Themes
  • Rooted and Relevant
Unit 4: Pragmatic Effectiveness of Team Leadership
  • Team Health
  • Groups versus Teams
  • The Different Team Types
  • Team Effectiveness
  • Larson and LaFasto on Team Structure and Standards
  • Criteria for an Effective Team
  • Performance Characteristics of Highly Effective Teams
  • Components of Effective Teams
  • Characteristic Keys to an Effective Team
  • Characteristics of a Well-Functioning Team
  • Servant Leadership: Part 1
  • Servant Leadership: Part 2
Unit 5: Healthy Teams
  • Factors of Healthy Team Members: Part 1
  • Factors of Healthy Team Members: Part 2
  • Factors of Healthy Team Members: Part 3
  • Factors of Healthy Team Members: Part 4
  • Healthy Team Relationships
  • Three Questions Regarding Team Health: Behaviors
  • Three Questions Regarding Team Health: Greatest Challenges
  • Three Questions Regarding Team Health: Sustaining Collaboration
  • Models for Team Feedback
  • Personality Types
  • Performance and Community in the Team Context
  • Team Citizenship Behavior
  • The Fundamentals of Team Development
  • The Team Performance Model
  • Concerns People Bring to Teams
  • Team Building
  • The Roles of Team Members: Task Roles
  • The Roles of Team Members: Social Roles and Dysfunctional Roles
  • The 4-R Model of Transformational Leadership
  • Healthy Team Problem-Solving
  • Values of Problem-Solving Teams
  • A Model of Team Problem-Solving
  • Communication and Team Problem-Solving
  • Crucial Conversations: Part 1
  • Crucial Conversations: Part 2
  • Crucial Conversations: Part 3
  • Crucial Conversations: Part 4
  • Healthy Team Collaboration
  • Global Perspective and Intercultural Competence for Teams
  • Global Studies in Leadership
Unit 6: Healthy Team Leadership
  • The Role of the Leader: Part 1
  • The Role of the Leader: Part 2
  • The Role of the Leader: Part 3
  • The Leader’s Effect on Teams
  • A Model for Team Leadership
  • Dimensions of Team Leadership: Part 1
  • Dimensions of Team Leadership: Part 2
  • External Leadership
  • Team Member Expectations of Leaders
  • Leader Expectations of Team Members
  • The Positive Impact of Servant Leadership
Unit 7: Healthy Team Organizational Context
  • The Organizational Environment
  • Organizational Processes and Practices
  • Teams in Practice
  • Rules for Team Participation
  • The Church and Team Leadership
  • Leadership Trends in the Church
  • Team Playbook and Multi-Staff Models
  • Why Churches Might Not Use Team Leadership
  • Team Leader Strategies for Motivation and Development
  • Patrick Lencioni’s Rubric for Meetings
  • Team Dysfunction
  • Biblical Affirmations of Teams
  • Summary of Team Leadership in the Church

LD202 Communication and Organizational Leadership

  • Instructor: Justin Irving
  • Video hours: 11

Conflict and change are inevitable in community. In LD202, Dr. Irving takes a macro-level approach to leadership, considering questions of organizational purpose, mission, and identity. A variety of communication and leadership strategies are introduced, combined with biblically based principles, to help you face the challenges that are most likely to arise in your ministry or non-profit organization. This course identifies the right questions to ask in order to identify an organization’s mission, the appropriate strategies to get there, and how the Leadership Communication Pyramid can help create and support organizations that bring about lasting change. Using Scripture as a foundation for this communication and leadership work, LD202 is an invaluable aid for anyone who wants to help organizations function successfully.


  • Introducing the Speaker
  • Introducing the Course
Unit 1: The Leadership Communication Pyramid
  • The Three Sides of the Leadership Communication Pyramid
  • The Base of the Leadership Communication Pyramid
  • Organizational Culture
  • Organizational Conflict
  • Visionary Change
  • Our Guide through the Course
Unit 2: Foundations of Communication
  • The Components of Leadership Communication
  • Types of Communication
  • Levels of Communication
  • The Shannon-Weaver Model of Communication Theory
  • The Schramm Model of Communication Theory
  • The Sanford, Hunt, and Bracey Model of Communication Theory
  • The Tubbs Model of Communication Theory
  • An Integrated Model of Communication Theory
  • The Leader as Communicator
  • The Ontology of the Communicator
  • The Attitude of the Communicator
  • The Behavior of the Communicator
  • Formulating the Message
  • Story, Values, and Emotional Intelligence Inform the Core Message
  • Pathways and Characteristics of Communication Channels
  • Other-Centered Communication
  • Communication Concepts from General Leadership Studies
  • Review and Summary of Communication Theory
  • Barriers to Effective Communication
  • Bridges to Effective Communication
Unit 3: Leadership Theory: Grounded in Scripture
  • Leadership vs. Management Communication
  • Transactional vs. Transformational Leadership
  • Communicating as a Transformational Leader
  • Scripture, the Christian Story, and Organizational Leadership
  • Christian Love
  • Christian Truth
  • Christian Purpose and Mission
  • Life in Christ and the Leader’s Capacity to Lead
  • Assessing Competence and Context
  • Summary of Leadership Communication
Unit 4: Leading Organizational Culture
  • Primary Questions in Organizational Culture
  • The Definition and Dimensions of Organizational Culture
  • Culture vs. Identity
  • Purpose as an Element of Culture
  • Levels of Purpose
  • Developing Statements of Purpose
  • What Purpose Provides
  • An Organization’s Mission
  • Effective Mission Statements
  • The Elements of Strategy
  • Effective Strategies
  • The Role of Values and Beliefs
  • Value Statements Address Several Categories
  • Value Domains
  • Effective Value Statements
  • The Function and Purpose of Vision
  • Demystifying Vision
  • Essential Aspects of Vision
  • The Components of Vision and Why Vision Is So Powerful
  • Another Look at the Essential Characteristics of Vision
  • Leadership, Vision, and the Bible
  • Stages of Culture Leadership
  • Foundational Considerations for Organizational Culture
  • Back at the Intersection
  • A Summary of Organizational Culture
Unit 5: Leading through Organizational Conflict
  • Glorifying God through Inevitable Conflict
  • Relational Benefits of Constructive Conflict
  • Constructive Conflict Helps Us Understand the Issues
  • Constructive Conflict Helps in Identifying and Implementing Solutions
  • The Conflict Paradox
  • Diverse Sources of Conflict
  • Types and Levels of Conflict
  • Approaching Conflict
  • Ken Sande’s Basic Conflict Styles
  • Hall’s Styles of Conflict Management
  • Leas’ Conflict Management Styles
  • Summarizing Conflict Styles
  • Introducing Resolution Strategies: Sande’s Four Gs
  • Glorifying God and Getting the Log Out of Our Own Eyes
  • Restoring and Reconciling
  • Lewis’ Principles for Resolving Conflict
  • Ury’s Joint Problem-Solving Strategy
  • Ury’s Potential Barriers to Resolution
  • Reaching the Summit of Reconciliation
  • Foundational Considerations for Organizational Conflict
  • Guidelines for Communication in Conflict
  • Leading from Ontological Security in Christ
  • A Summary of Organizational Conflict
Unit 6: Leading through Change
  • The Inevitability of Change
  • Intrapersonal Hindrances to Change
  • Interpersonal Hindrances to Change
  • Team and Organizational Hindrances to Change
  • Sociocultural and Environmental Hindrances to Change
  • Planned, Unplanned, and Emergent Change
  • Technical, Adaptive, and First- and Second-Order Change
  • How People Change
  • Anxiety Efficiency Curve
  • The Readiness for Change
  • The Timing of Change
  • The Organizational Life Curve and the Timing of Change
Unit 7: The Visionary CHANGE Process
  • The Priority of Vision in the Change Process
  • Introducing the Visionary CHANGE Process
  • Create Urgency
  • Harness a Guiding Coalition
  • Align the Majority
  • Navigate the Course of Vision
  • Galvanize the Change through Routine
  • Establish a Culture of Change
  • Foundational Considerations for Visionary CHANGE
  • A Broad Overview

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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