A pastor writes, about Examining Pastoral Culture. He quotes from the book, Dangerous Calling:
“There are way too many pastors out there who have lost their joy, who are cranking it out. There are way too many bitter and angry people in ministry who are carrying around a self-protective list of previously experienced wrongs. There are way too many pastors living in isolation who are in trouble, and they don’t know it. There are way too many congregations and leadership boards that have a distorted, unrealistic, idealized image of their pastor. There are way too many ministry families that are unprotected because they are not being properly pastored. There are way too many pastors in survival mode. There are way too many pastors’ wives who fantasize about what it would be like to be out of the ministry. There are way too many children who bear the daily brunt of the ministry father’s bitterness and anger. There simply is way too much functional anonymity in the pulpits of our churches.”
-Dangerous Calling, by Paul Trip, Crossway Books, 2012, pgs. 90-91.
The pastor testifies, “Grace Fellowship and the exchanged life [see Hudson Taylor’s testimony] has the answer to the pastoral challenges that men in the ministry face. I am so grateful to the materials that I started reading back in 2009. It started with [Charles Solomon’s] The Ins and Out of Rejection and then to Handbook to Happiness and then to others … including the training conference.”