Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry
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 well-being 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)
9. Dirty Secrets
11. Between the Already and the Not Yet
Part 3: The Danger of Arrival (Forgetting Who You Are)
13. Always Preparing
15. So, What Now?
“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, Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel, Rolling Meadows, Illinois; author, Vertical Church
“Dangerous Calling is a dangerous book to read. It is also a book every person in ministry should read. It will cut you to the heart and bring massive conviction if you read it with a humility and ask God to expose sins deeply hidden in your soul. Tripp cuts, but also provides biblical remedies for healing. I would love to put this book in the hand of every seminarian who walks on my campus.”
Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
About the Author
Paul David Tripp (DMin, Westminster Theological Seminary) is a pastor, author, and international conference speaker. He is also the president of Paul Tripp Ministries. He has written a number of popular books on Christian living, including What Did You Expect?, Dangerous Calling, Parenting, and New Morning Mercies. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife Luella and they have four grown children.