Book Summary: After traveling the globe and speaking to thousands of churches worldwide, Paul David Tripp has discovered a serious problem within pastoral culture. Dangerous Callingreveals the truth that the culture surrounding our pastors is spiritually unhealthyan environment that actively undermines the well-being and effectiveness 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.
Review: Fantastic Book!!!! What a personal testimony, and a very relevant topic for today. Sadly I had to agree with many of his views. I think that never before has someone on the inside of the pastorate admitted that something is radically going wrong with our churches and it starts many times from the man in the pulpit or the leadership. I heard for years it is not the people in the pews that are destroying the church, it is the leadership. It also seemed so sad that pastors feel like they can not be real with the very people who are wishing them the most success. His stories that add depth to the call for pastors to become vulnerable and authentic with the leadership and congregants. I found this book to be more for every church goer so that everyone in the church can help those in need. Because being authentic with people in the church is the hardest thing to do, most people do not really know how to come alongside others and bare one anothers burdens.
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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.
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.
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.