Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry
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After traveling the world for many years and speaking in hundreds of churches of all kinds, Paul David Tripp is concerned about the state of pastoral culture. He's concerned about not only the spiritual life of the pastor, but about the people who train him, call him, relate to him, and restore him if necessary. Dangerous Calling reveals 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 church member and leader, and gives solid strategies for fighting the war that rages not only in the most memorable moments of ministry, but also in the mundane day-to-day life of every pastor.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Crossway
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1433541378
ISBN-13: 9781433541377

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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.

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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. For more information and resources, visit paultrippministries.org.

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  1. Robin Wallace
    Florida
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Dangerous Calling was Dangerous Reading!!
    November 18, 2016
    Robin Wallace
    Florida
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
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    Dangerous Calling

    Paul David Tripp

    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.

    I would like to thank Net Galley and Crossway for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  2. Rob R
    Anchorage, AK
    Gender: male
    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!
  3. Reginald Chapman
    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.
  4. Princess of God
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    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.
  5. David Gough
    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.
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