Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry  -     By: Paul David 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.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Crossway
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1433535823
ISBN-13: 9781433535826
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Recognizing the widespread struggles facing pastors today, Tripp exposes and exhorts the cultures that train and support our church leaders so that they can lead well and our churches can be healthy.

Author Bio

Paul David Tripp is the president of Paul Tripp Ministries, professor of pastoral life and care at Redeemer Seminary, and the executive director of the Center for Pastoral Life and Care, under the auspices of the Association of Biblical Counselors. He is the author of a number of popular books on Christian living, including What Did You Expect?, Whiter Than Snow, A Shelter in the Time of Storm, Dangerous Calling, Sex and Money, and New Morning Mercies. He has been married for many years to Luella and they have four grown children. For more information and resources visit paultrippministries.org.


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

My friend Paul Tripp has done it again. With probing insight and robust realism, he takes an honest look into the challenges that are unique to, or intensified by, pastoral ministry. Gospel-centered and grace saturated to the core, Dangerous Calling is a must read for any pastor or pastor in training who needs to be encouraged by the reminder that Jesus came to do for us what we could never do for ourselves or others.
-Tullian Tchividjian,
Pastor, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church; author, Jesus + Nothing = Everything

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. It cuts, but it 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

Pastoral ministry is a dangerous calling, and this is a dangerous book. It will not leave you unchanged. Pastors need pastors, and by God’s grace, every page of this book will minister to your heart, your marriage, your family, and the people you serve—in ways you never thought you needed it. This book digs down into the inner recesses of our hearts to reveal our greatest idols and point to our greatest needs. It will make you joyfully uncomfortable and, by God’s grace, will bring you to your knees in tears of thankfulness only to help lift your weary head to fix your renewed gaze on Christ. This book is like a mirror that redirects our hearts’ reflection from ourselves to Christ. If this book were a sermon, it would be the most weighty and refreshing sermon you’ve ever needed to hear. My sincere hope is that this book would be translated into multiple languages, become required reading in seminaries, and be ¬distributed to Christians everywhere who know they’re called to serve God and others with the gifts the Holy Spirit has equipped them.
-Burk Parsons,
Associate Pastor, Saint Andrew's Chapel, Sanford, Florida; editor, Tabletalk magazine

Our wives, children, and the members we serve will have a new husband, father, and pastor by Friday if we follow Tripp’s example and give a humble and honest reading of this book—one with our inner Pharisee and scribe turned off. We will see the need to save our selves from a very dark and destructive force working against pastors: undiagnosed pastoral self-righteousness. With much wisdom and conviction, Tripp’s Dangerous Calling preaches the gospel of grace to the men who are preaching the gospel Sunday after Sunday to everyone but themselves.
-Eric C. Redmond,
Executive Pastoral Assistant and Bible Professor in Residence, New Canaan Baptist Church; Council Member, The Gospel Coalition

Few would regard a pastor’s role as a dangerous calling, but few people are as qualified and insightful as Paul Tripp to penetrate the snares and potential pitfalls associated with pastoral ministry. Fewer still would prescribe such gospel based and local church rooted remedies. This excellent volume should be read, re-read & applied.
-Terry Virgo,
founder, Newfrontiers

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  1. Anchorage, AK
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A must read for everyone in pastoral ministry
    August 30, 2013
    Rob R
    Anchorage, AK
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Everyone needs conviction to the glory of God. This book helps through intense self examination and drawing out sinful motives, to help us grow in our Christ likeness and our teaching. Read it!
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Gospel centered
    May 3, 2013
    Reginald Chapman
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Book does a great job of reminding us that we are always in need of the gospel, and the grace of Jesus. It is full of warnig and encouragement and practical insrutction on how to always be focused on Chirst, and in awe of God and watchful for the dangers of my own sinfulness and.
  3. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
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    The contents of the book can be restructured.
    February 2, 2013
    Princess of God
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    The issues are not clearly presented. There isn't any exact definition of ideas written pertaining to those challenges that are written. They remain pretty subjective while the objective could have been more properly addressed. The contents are more factual than experiential.
  4. Alexandria, VA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Honest help for hurting pastors
    November 20, 2012
    David Gough
    Alexandria, VA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    One of the greatest cover-ups in today's church is the fact that pastors are hurting. Some are hurting deeply. This is particularly true when the Word of God is being faithfully preached and the people in the pews are resistant and non-responsive. Mondays are for many pastors days of intense reflection and introspection, seasoned with regrets over what he might have done better the day before. Such a weekly habit tends to morph into the temptation to assume that the results of ministry are dependent upon the messenger. Pastoral "burn out," according to Paul Tripp, is not the result of being overworked but of finding our identity in the ministry and not in the Lord who has called us and equipped us to make Him known. The pastorate is a "dangerous calling" because it requires self-denial and, yes, dying to self so that Christ's Kingdom and not our own may be built. Because we know ourselves better than anyone else knows us (save the Lord), we are called to preach the Gospel to ourselves daily and claim the same grace that we offer to others in our weekly messages. The author reminds us consistently throughout this book, that we--just like those we preach to--are in the midst of our own sanctification. We have not yet arrived, and the sooner we admit that fact and face it honestly, the greater the integrity of our ministries will be. Therefore, we must be willing to be honest with ourselves and vulnerable with others. Tripp's chapter on the devotional life of the pastor is a timely reminder of how prone we are to lose our awe of God. This is especially true of those who handle the sacred text on a regular basis. I marked and took notes in the margin of nearly every page of this book. The author's writing style appears redundant at times, repeating back-to-back charges and challenges in synonymous phrases, but I found myself needing to be repeatedly poked in chest in order to see myself and my flaws most clearly. "Dangerous Calling" is both confrontational and comforting. I needed what it has to say. Every prospective pastor should read this book, but it will not impact him to the degree that it will a few years into his ministry. These things take time to learn, and most of us learn them improperly. That's why this book is a necessary read for present pastors who are truly concerned about building the Kingdom and not his own. Tripp's exposition and application of 1 Peter 5:6-11 forms a wonderful conclusion. Resist the temptation to skim that final chapter.
  5. San Juan, PR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent: a must for every Christian
    October 26, 2012
    San Juan, PR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    Excellent book. Profound in its message; simple (in a great way) in its delivery. The author is a great example of how you can write with wisdom about a complex issue and be readable —easy to understand and comprehend, which makes the message stronger.

    Now, this is a book targeted at pastors, and it certainly is a must for every pastor. But Mr. Tripp has done such an amazing job here that not only should it be required reading for every pastor, seminary student, minister and church leader, it should also be a must read for every Christian. Here's why: How many of us put our pastors on a pedestal, like they can't do wrong? How many of us are hard on our pastors, never showing mercy or grace when we think they fail or have done wrong? This book lays a pastor's heart wide open for all to see. We see his struggles, challenges, fears, sin, his strength in God and the hope in His grace, which lead us to very specific issues for which to pray for our pastors, elders and other church leaders. We learn what we already know but don't really realize: pastors are like the rest of us —same struggles, same fears, just maybe on a greater scale. Once we realize that, we'll see our pastors in a new perspective and we will pray more efficiently for them.

    Also, this book helped me look deeper into my own heart, motivations and attitude towards myself, others and God and His Word. It's a wonderful call to attention to that which I desperately need to change, and a great call to arms to change it in God's strength and by His grace.

    Mr. Tripp draws from his own experiences as well as the experiences of pastors close to him, and I'm sure pastors and church leaders everywhere will identify with them and receive the much needed pastoring that the author knows they lack. This is an insight into pastors' lives and hearts, a mirror; a great way for seminary students to learn what being a pastor really is, and a wonderful way for the rest of us to understand our leaders better and to grow in the Lord.

    *I received a copy of this book from Crossway through NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.
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