- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Crossway Books; 1 edition (16 Nov. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1433535823
- ISBN-13: 978-1433535826
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,268,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry Hardcover – 16 Nov 2012
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This book is 'good' in the same way that heart surgery is good. It is 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… It challenged me and rebuked me, even as it gave me hope and fresh faith in God for pastoral ministry. --Joshua Harris
If you are a congregation wanting to know how to love your leaders, this is a must-buy. --Marcus Honeysett
This excellent volume should be read, re-read and applied. --Terry Virgo --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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, professor of pastoral life and care at Redeemer Seminary, and executive director of the Center for Pastoral Life and Care, under the auspices of the Association of Biblical Counselors. He has written a number of popular books on Christian living, including What Did You Expect?, Dangerous Calling, Sex and Money, 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.
Top Customer Reviews
It begins at the training level and shows the false expectations many have at that stage - students' thinking is too theoretical and unprepared for the hard realities of loving people. Throughout their ministry, there are so many temptations - that of simply becoming caught in the routine of preparing the next address for the next deadline without taking time to digest God's Word properly or realise the seriousness of what one is doing, that of craving for people's estimate of one's ministry rather than God's, etc. It concludes on the note that whatever the state of one's ministry, one will always be left saying 'We are unprofitable servants'. The minister is not to find their identity in their ministry - successful or otherwise. Rather, they are to find their identity in the wonder of His grace and realise their absolute dependence on that mercy.
The comments on the book are absolutely right. It should cause congregations to have a deeper appreciations of the joys and pitfalls of pastoral ministry - and cause them to pray for and love their minister more intelligently. And for the minister, it searches their motives, exposes their sins and failure and helps them in their thinking about their work. Very highly recommended.
That said, this book did feel like a long read and I did struggle to wade my way through some sections of it; I also seriously started to lose the will with all the numbered lists therein. However, those are my only negatives. In fact, I appreciated this book so much that I am seriously contemplating buying my own paper copy and rereading it every two to three years as a tool for self-examination in my path of church leadership.
I received a free Kindle version of this galley copy from NetGalley in return for a fair review.
Dangerous Calling is soaked with confessions. Paul Tripp’s confessions, and so many tragedies from the ministry field. Inspired title, Dangerous. Paul knows the problem. If you are preparing for ministry or you are involved in ministry, you can certainly understand that he was and he still is in your shoes. He’s sharing humbling and embarrassing things that most of us tend to hide.
I know I am not alone. There are many pastors who have inserted themselves into a spiritual category that doesn’t exist. Like me, they think they are someone they’re not. So they respond in ways that they shouldn’t, and they develop habits that are spiritually dangerous. They are content with a devotional life that either doesn’t exist or is constantly kidnapped by preparation
He examines his heart and motivations in ministry and invites you to walk in his steps, constantly asking himself, how is the Gospel of Jesus Christ forming the heart of the pastor and his ministry local culture. Undoubtedly, if you do not understand the ministry as it was designed by God, you are in a dangerous place. If the work of God and not God Himself is the main motivation, you are in a dangerous place.
The pastor must be enthralled by, in awe of—can I say it: in love with—his Redeemer so that everything he thinks, desires, chooses, decides, says, and does is propelled by love for Christ and the security of rest in the love of Christ. He must be regularly exposed, humbled, assured, and given rest by the grace of his Redeemer.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
WOW! Challenging, inspiring, and a call for a re-evalution of what I expect from Ministry. Challenging in regards to my heart and motives, and laying a good foundation with which... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Paul W.
It reads a bit like a complilation of conference messages - quite often material is repeated. But that's not bad if you want to catch some reinforcement of main points. Read morePublished on 7 Nov. 2014 by Ian Callard
An excellent book obviously written by someone who knows what he is talking about. Should be read by all those in Pastoral Ministry or going into Pastoral Ministry. Read morePublished on 12 July 2014 by J B
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In summary, Dangerous Calling is an important book. Read more
I didn't find anything new in what Paul Tripp has to say here, and I had the greatest difficulty in stomaching his appalling prose. Read morePublished on 20 Mar. 2014 by Robert Read
I first read a chapter of these book in a friend's house when i was on a retreat in Nigeria but i couldn't find it in Nigeria. the book has blessed my life in so many ways. Read morePublished on 31 Jan. 2014 by Panshak
This book was recommended to me. Having started to read it, I can see why. Should be compulsory for all vclergy & lay ministers.Published on 23 Aug. 2013 by Polly Poodle
A generally helpful book with occasional flashes of real insight. At times quite repetitive and maybe could have been produced just as we'll in a condensed version. Read morePublished on 6 Aug. 2013 by J
This book feels and reads very American. The references to US seminaries may find little resonance in the UK reader. Read morePublished on 15 Mar. 2013 by Mark Landreth-Smith