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A Field Guide for A Dangerous Call

by Paige Patterson

Are you walking into danger?

Ministry is a dangerous call. Thankfully, God has provided guides to help ministry leaders fulfill their calling. In “A Field Guide for a Dangerous Call,” Southwestern Seminary President Paige Patterson warns of the potential pitfalls and points those in ministry to five guides—the law, wisdom, holiness, the Corinthians principles, and the Holy Spirit—to help them navigate their life and ministry.

“If you’re looking for an easy life and you want safety, a reprieve from all of the pressures that you’ll be under, then you need to decide now, today, to leave the ministry and get out of it. It’s not a safe place. If you are going to be in the ministry, you are going to walk into serious danger.” – Paige Patterson


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About the Author

As the eighth president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Paige Patterson has four decades of experience in educating pastors and missionaries. After almost 18 years as president of The Criswell College in Dallas, he served for 11 years as president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, before his decade at Southwestern. Even as a pastor he offered instruction in Greek and biblical studies to his parishioners. The focus of Dr. Patterson’s leadership is an intense commitment to evangelism and the task of global missions with a foundational component of demanding research and rigorous academic preparation.