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Lead: 12 Gospel Principles for Leadership in the Church

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  1,207 ratings  ·  220 reviews
The church is experiencing a leadership crisis.

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
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published September 15th 2020 by Crossway Books
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David Steele
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Paul David Tripp has a special way of delivering a series of “gut-punches” to his readers. These deliberate blows are never meant to harm. Rather, the blows he delivers are meant to build up, encourage, and equip. Such is the case in his new book, Lead: 12 Gospel Principles for Leadership in the Church.

Dr. Tripp’s goal is to “propose a positive character model for local church or ministry leadership.” So he invites readers into the boxing ring for twelve rounds. Each round is focused on a partic
Benjamin Hall
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book has become one of my top favorite books. I highly recommend reading it!
Apr 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
It’s always good to read a Christian leadership book that is more about applying the gospel than applying business practices. It’s gospel saturated and practically minded.
Brian Pate
Nov 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: leadership, ministry
Tripp applies gospel truths to ministry leadership teams. If Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry cautioned us about becoming Mark Driscoll, this book warns us about cultivating a leadership culture like Mars Hill. "Behind the failure of a pastor is a weak and failed leadership community" (17). But in reality, this book is about me because I have gospel amnesia. Encouraging and convicting at the same time. ...more
Scarlett Elsik
Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
The first half of the book was hard for me to read through. The second half was extremely captivating. As a whole it is rich in wisdom and gives practical truths for Christian leadership.
Reece Hodges
Apr 06, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I read through this book for the leadership development program I am in and I did not expect to love this book so much. I found this book to be theologically deep, Gospel-centered, clear, and practical. I can’t really ask for more, right? Even if Tripp’s writing style is not necessarily your favorite, I’d challenge every Biblical leader to read this. I think it’s one of the best books on leadership for the Christian viewpoint.
Jonathan Thomas
May 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Some really helpful and challenging thoughts on leadership. I love his honesty.
But, I would have liked to see how the gospel specifically answered each problem.
Maria Thomas
Jan 06, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Might have just made its way to my top three books to read if you’re in ministry!!!! Tripp lays out 12 leadership principles, but is clear that this book is meant to point back to the Lord that sustains every ounce of character and leadership in us. Only wish I had read this sooner.
John Dube
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book addresses some unique aspects of leadership. Tripp is abstract in some places. The chapters on Candor, Restoration, and Longevity are my favorites. I definitely recommend this book if you enjoyed Dangerous Calling. This is a kind of companion volume to that book. Also, the design of this book is amazing! Super cool geometrical shapes to represent each principle. Bravo Crossway!
Jesvin Jose
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Whenever I read Paul David Tripp, I am both convicted and encouraged. Yes, at times, he can be laborious in making his point, but the impact of his words remains for a long time. This book by him is very similar to his heart-exposing book for pastors (titled “Dangerous Calling”). “Lead” is aimed at ministry leaders, focusing on twelve gospel principles necessary for gospel-centered leadership. It’s a book that’s best read slowly, one that you’ll underline a lot and one that you’ll want to re-rea ...more
Jul 21, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Our Executive Leadership Team walked through Paul David Tripp’s “Lead” together and were enormously blessed by Tripp’s guidance. The experience of reading the book together also made the book that much better as I benefited from pressing into our team’s hearts and having them press into mine.

Tripp’s “Lead” is similar in tone and content to “Dangerous Calling,” although I found it more irenic and pastoral in tone. Tripp navigates twelve principles: achievement, gospel, limits, balance, character
Bob O'Bannon
Nov 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Paul Tripp is absolutely mandatory reading for anyone in Gospel ministry. Every pastor should read “Dangerous Calling” first, and then proceed directly to this book, “Lead,” which is written more for leadership teams than for individuals. Tripp has an almost creepy ability to see deep inside the heart of every Christian leader, to expose the unbelief, pride and gospel amnesia that exist there, and then apply the grace and power of the Gospel to lift you out of the dust so that you pinch yourself ...more
Gwilym Davies
Jun 15, 2021 rated it liked it
It was ok. The writing style is repetitious, the Bible handling is a bit erratic, the '12 principles' approach makes it feel a bit lightweight, and a metaphorical understanding of idolatry is much too prominent a category in Tripp's overly psychological analysis. I'm also a bit bored of the shock factor anecdotes. But there was also helpful stuff here. I thought he made some good observations about longevity, immaturity, and acknowledging sin, and some of them have helped me in pastoral conversa ...more
Daniel Maurer
Feb 01, 2022 rated it it was amazing
A must read (and re-read) for any leader in ministry. PDT does a great job of mixing stories and scripture to not only communicate practical principles for ministry leadership in the church but also gets at the heart level in a compelling way by communicating different dangers and the reality of spiritual warfare within church leadership. This was a very helpful, and convicting book. Shoutout out @TMau for the Christmas gift.
L-T Hopper
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: leadership
Now, with the injection of leadership principles into the church especially the leader as an individual, a book like this is crucial. This book reminds us that leaders don't lead alone; leaders can't serve alone; leaders who serve alone are in danger.
This is a must read not just for leaders to read on their own but with their leadership team.
Parker McGoldrick
Jan 08, 2021 rated it liked it
Again, as is true with Tripp, great message, below average delivery. He was way too long-winded, banal, repetitive, redundant, and he said the same thing in multiple ways. Read the section headings and you’ll be good.
Feb 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was probably the best book on leadership that I've ever read. It's unique in that it's not addressing the individual pastor, but the leadership of the church as a whole. Tripp is writing on what a gospel-centered culture amongst leaders looks like. ...more
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book on how to lead in the church as a servant with a spiritual perspective realizing that the church belongs to God and not me. Parallels principles of Celebrate Recovery ministry.
Joost Nixon
Mar 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-annually
Oh my golly, this one was like dragging a dredge through my heart. I found myself saying amen, and amen, and wincing in self-realization, and nodding as I recognize patterns in ministries where I have served and do serve. We need this book so badly.

It's probably a once-a-year book, to be read with your team in January. It really is one for the whole team. Excellent. Probably Tripp's best.
Andy Swart
Mar 16, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Tripp's best book. Read Dangerous Calling then follow it up with a long sip on this. ...more
Joon Park
Aug 02, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommend for ministry leaders. Convicting, gut wrenching, Christ centered, encouraging, restorative…A book I will read multiple times and share with others.
Nikki Slonaker
Jul 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A book I’ll probably come back to often! For ANYONE in ministry, this book gave incredible insight, practicals, and biblical wisdom on how to lead.
Lindsey Lopez
Nov 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Lead is a book I would encourage any ministry leader and or team to read. Tripp’s principles are convicting and gentle. His experience with hardship and walking alongside others gives him an understanding and insight into deep seeded sin, hurt and pain when it comes to working in ministry. He also emphasizes the unexplainable joy we receive and partake in in working for the church. He discusses healthy boundaries and limits so that those who work in ministry continue to BE with God and not just ...more
Brett Wiley
Aug 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I am not much of a leadership book kind of person, but this one was so pastoral and gospel rich that I found myself both convicted and comforted on every page. It is definitely worth the read for ministry leaders young and old. Tripp is convinced that there are characteristics, or lack thereof, of leadership communities that actually pave the way for some of the falls of individual leaders that we witness so often. I want to be a part of the type of community that he puts forward in the book.
Bill Pence
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an outstanding book for pastors and the leaders who make up their leadership community. It is one of the most helpful books I’ve read this year.
The author tells us that the focus of the book is the specific call of the gospel on the way we think about leadership. The book is shaped by twelve leadership-community gospel principles. The author states that these principles are deeply relational because the gospel is. He tells us that if you look at your leadership community through the len
Nathan Whitley
Dec 10, 2021 rated it liked it
Tripp is always good. But this wasn't what I was expecting. This was more about deacon boards and elder boards than it was about leadership. I think Tripp's Dangerous Calling is probably still his best work on the subject. ...more
James Bunyan
Feb 08, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant for reading in ministry teams.
Concise, well written, careful and deeply gospel.

The first book I’ve seen that advocates actually restoring leaders after a fall, rather than just binning them!
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: office
Is it possible that many of our priorities in church leadership are not actually what we should be focusing on at all? Tripp believes so, and he believes that it has been happening for years. He wrote this book to strengthen the ministry of church leaders by ensuring their depth of faith and maturity in Christ. I would dare say that this is a must-read for any pastoral staff or elder board.
John Rakshith Prabhakar
The most positively self-reflecting book I've read this year! ...more
Kirk Miller
Jul 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Very good. I will likely return to read this book in the future.

However, as is typical in Tripp's writings, it's a bit redundant and repetitive and could be made shorter.
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Paul was born in Toledo, Ohio to Bob and Fae Tripp on November 12, 1950. Paul spent all of his growing years in Toledo until his college years when his parents moved to Southern California.
At Columbia Bible College from 1968-1972, (now Columbia International University) Paul majored in Bible and Christian Education. Although he had planned to be there for only two years and then to study journalis

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