Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry (Tripp)

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After traveling the globe and speaking to thousands of churches worldwide, Paul David Tripp has discovered a serious problem within pastoral culture.

He is not only concerned about the spiritual life of the pastor, but also with the very community of people that trains him, calls him, relates to him, and restores him if necessary.

Dangerous Calling reveals the truth that the culture surrounding our pastors is spiritually unhealthy—an environment that actively undermines the wellbeing and efficacy of our church leaders and thus the entire church body.

Here is a book that both diagnoses and offers cures for issues that impact every member and church leader, and gives solid strategies for fighting the all-important war that rages in our churches today.


Table of Contents:

Part 1: Examining Pastoral Culture
1.  Headed for Disaster 
2.  Again and Again 
3.  Big Theological Brains and Heart Disease 
4.  More than Knowledge and Skill 
5.  Joints and Ligaments 
6.  The Missing Community 
7.  War Zones 

Part 2: The Danger of Losing Your Awe (Forgetting Who God Is)
8.  Familiarity 
9.  Dirty Secrets 
10. Mediocrity 
11. Between the Already and the Not Yet 

Part 3: The Danger of Arrival (Forgetting Who You Are) 
12. Self-Glory 
13. Always Preparing 
14. Separation 
15. So, What Now?



Paul Tripp is president of Paul Tripp Ministries, the Professor of Pastoral Life and Care at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas, Texas, the Executive Director of the Center for Pastoral Life and Care in Fort Worth, Texas, and has taught at respected institutions worldwide. As an author, Paul has written ten books on Christian living that are read and distributed internationally. He has been married for many years to Luella, and they have four grown children.



“My friend Paul Tripp shines the spotlight of God’s Word into the heart of every pastor in this book, Dangerous Calling. If you have been in ministry for 20 minutes or 20 years, I commend it to you. Approach it prayerfully, passionately, and be prepared for the change God will make in your heart, life, and ministry.” - James MacDonald, Senior Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel; author, Vertical Church

“This book is ‘good’ in the same way that heart surgery is good. It's painful and scary and as you read it you'll be tempted to run away from the truth it contains. But it just might save your life. Pastors need this book. I know I really needed it. It challenged me and rebuked me even as it gave me hope and fresh faith in God for pastoral ministry.” - Joshua Harris, Senior Pastor, Covenant Life Church, Gaithersburg, Maryland; author, Dug Down Deep