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The Outcomes Conference 2024 Book of the Year!

Book of the Year: Healthy Leadership for Thriving Organizations

Christian Leadership Alliance announces the Outcomes Conference 2024 Book of the Year, Healthy Leadership for Thriving Organizations: Creating Contexts Where People Flourish (Baker Academic, December 2023) by Dr. Justin A. Irving.

Meet Dr. Justin A. Irving

Dr Justin A. Irving serves as the Duke K. McCall Professor of Christian Leadership and chair of the Department of Leadership and Discipleship at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.

He previously served as professor of ministry leadership and director of the DMin program at Bethel Seminary. He also serves as one of the pastors at Sojourn Church Midtown in Louisville.

Before this, Dr. Irving served at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN, for twenty years in various roles (Professor of Ministry Leadership, Doctor of Ministry Director, Associate Dean, Interim Co-Vice President, and Dean). Dr. Irving’s previous positions also include serving as pastor of leadership development and outreach in the local church, worship leader, assistant youth minister, homeless shelter chaplain, and adjunct instructor of Bible at the University of Northwestern, St. Paul.

He is also the author of Leadership in Christian Perspective: Biblical Foundations and Contemporary Practices for Servant Leaders.

More About the Book!

The devastating effects of toxic work environments are top news. Everyone seems to understand that healthy organizations nurture flourishing individuals and societies–flourishing that Jesus desires for all of us. How can Christian business and ministry leaders create a positive organizational culture and identity?

Justin Irving has spent twenty years studying, teaching, and reflecting on organizational leadership. Drawing wisdom from the Bible, contemporary leadership theory, and the insights of over two hundred executive leaders, Irving provides a theological framework that makes human flourishing the driving motivation for leading organizations. He helps readers invest in their growth to become leaders who motivate, inspire, and nurture. But he broadens the view to help readers see how different levels of leadership–the dynamics and interdependence of teams and the whole organization–work together. He then offers practical insights on building teams, culture, effective communication, and navigating the storms of crisis and change.

What People Are Saying

Here is what people are saying about the book, and they make the case for why this book is a must-read for every leader who longs to provide their employees with a healthy and thriving culture.

“Irving is masterful at elaborating all the essentials necessary to cultivate leadership that creates environments where people can flourish. A vital guide for leaders at every level.”
Tami Heim, president and CEO of Christian Leadership Alliance

“An excellent and needed book. I look forward to assigning this book in my own classes on leadership. Highly recommended.”
Nathan A. Finn, executive director, Institute for Transformational Leadership, North Greenville University

“A practical and theologically grounded guide to the kind of leadership our society so sorely needs.”
Katherine Leary Alsdorf, founding director, Redeemer’s Center for Faith & Work; former Silicon Valley CEO

“Irving has done us all a great service. This resource has the potential to clear the fog of much that distracts us from the priority of healthy organizational leadership.”
Matthew J. Hall, provost, Biola University

“Whether you are training leaders or establishing a thriving organizational culture, this book is a must-have resource. I highly recommend it.”
Jamaal E. Williams, lead pastor, Sojourn Church Midtown; president, Harbor Network; coauthor of In Church as It Is in Heaven: Cultivating a Multiethnic Kingdom Culture

“This book is a gift to anyone ready to lead or live in a healthier organization. Its practical blend of Scripture, research, and firsthand reports from the front lines provides a recipe for leadership effectiveness and organizational success that should be on every leader’s menu.”
Dondi E. Costin, major general, US Air Force (retired)

Connect at The Outcomes Conference 2024

At the Outcomes Conference 2024, Dr. Irving will be on hand to share his passion, research, and insights and intentionally create culture, the role of executive leadership, and the essential pursuit of organizational health! You can connect with Dr. Irving and learn from his studies in three ways!

Mainstage Lunch and Learn Panel Discussion on Cultivating Cultures | Wednesday, April 10

Keynote For the Annual Men’s Breakfast | Thursday, April 11

Breakthrough Workshop| Nurturing Healthy and Thriving Executive Leaders | Thursday, April 11

Drawing wisdom from the Bible, contemporary leadership theory, and insights from over 200 executive leaders, this session explores common challenges and relevant recommendations for pursuing health and effectiveness as organizational leaders.

Outcomes: 1) Develop a biblical vision for healthy leaders and thriving organizations, 2) identify pressing challenges that Christian organizational leaders face, as reported by over 200 executive leaders, and 3) Apply recommendations for how Christian executive leaders may practice healthy leadership for thriving organizations.

We invite you to maximize your conference experience by taking advantage of this special 30% discount from Bakker Academic. Come ready to go deeper in your pursuit of a thriving organization!

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