For every celebrity pastor exiting in the spotlight, there are hundreds of lesser-known pastors leaving in the shadows. Why are so many pastors leaving the ministry? Best-selling author Paul David Tripp suggests that lurking behind the failure of a pastor is a weak leadership community.
Turning to Scripture for guidance, Tripp presents readers with twelve leadership-community principles necessary for a gospel-centered leadership model. Here is a book with a message for those new to ministry as well as those experienced in it—God's abiding presence is your hope in leadership.
“Only read this book if you are desperate to be a more humble, gentle, and gracious servant of Christ. If you want something that will chart your way to ecclesiastical fame and celebrity-pastor status, this is not it. This book is about sacrificial, humble, death-to-self leadership—not self-centered, superficial, self-promoting, narcissistic authoritarianism. On every page, Tripp challenges us to recapture a thoroughly biblical approach to leadership in the church, and that is precisely what we need as we lead amid the raging battle all around us—a battle for our joy, our perseverance, our lives, our families, and the people we serve—to the end that God would get all the glory, and not us.”
“This book is the perfect complement to Tripp’sDangerous Calling. The warning of ‘functional gospel amnesia’ captures so well why this book is needed. Leaders do not need more gimmicks. Leaders need more grace. They need more gospel.”
-- Daniel L. Akin,President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
“The strength of this book lies in the way Tripp shapes his treatment of leadership by two things: his understanding of the gospel, and his grasp of the organic nature of the local church. At one level, this is an easy read; at another level, it is sometimes probing and painful.”
-- D. A. Carson, Theologian-at-Large, The Gospel Coalition
“Wow. I had no idea that reviewing this book would become so very personal, so penetrating—an experience of leadership surgery that sliced my soul open with conviction and then sutured it shut with grace. Tripp is among the few who have the experience, stature, transparency, and clarity to call church leaders back to the urgency of gospel transformation in ministry. May God give me, and all of us, ears to hear these truths . . . and enough courageous humility to apply them!”
-- Dave Harvey, President, Great Commission Collective; author,I Still Do
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Achievement
Principle #1: A ministry community, whose time is controlled by doing the business of the church tends to be spiritually unhealthy.
Chapter 2: Gospel
Principle #2: If your leaders are going to be tools of God’s grace, they need to be committed to nurture that grace in one another’s lives.
Chapter 3: Limits
Principle #3: Recognizing God-ordained limits of gift, time, energy and maturity is essential to leading a ministry community well.
Chapter 4: Balance
Principle #4: Teaching your leaders to recognize and balance the various callings in their life is a vital contribution to their success.
Chapter 5: Character
Principle #5: A spiritually healthy leadership community acknowledges that character is more important than structure or strategies.
Chapter 6: War
Principle #6: It is essential to understand that leadership in any gospel ministry is spiritual warfare.
Chapter 7: Servants
Principle #7: Being called to leadership in the church is a call to a life of willing sacrifice and service.
Chapter 8: Candor
Principle #8: A spiritually healthy leadership community is characterized by the humility of approachability and the courage of loving honesty.
Chapter 9: Identity
Principle #9: Where your leaders look for identity will always determine how they lead.
Chapter 10: Restoration
Principle #10: If a leadership community is formed by the gospel it will always be committed to a lifestyle of fresh starts and new beginnings.
Chapter 11: Longevity
Principle #11: For church leaders, ministry longevity is always the result of gospel community.
Chapter 12: Presence
Principle #12: You will only handle the inevitable weakness, failure, and sin of your leaders when you view them through the lens of the presence, power, promises, and grace of Jesus.