When Pastors Should be Fearful

One of the things I admire the most about my pastors and elders is that they are truly men of faith. Yes, they are willing to share of their struggles with sin and unbelief. No, they do not come across as perfect by any stretch of the imagination. But they do regularly, consistently, steadfastly believe on the goodness of God and His sovereign care. I have always appreciated their steadfastness! But honestly, until I read this article by Dr. Paul Tripp, I don’t think I consciously appreciated their lack of (sinful) fear:

When Pastors Should be Fearful

With reflection, however, I also truly appreciate how my pastors’ “wise and stable” living (to use Dr. Tripp’s words in the article) reflects the truth that “God looms larger than anything they’re facing” because “functional awe of God really is the key to your heart not being ruled by fear.”

Amen to that! And thanks, Dr. Tripp (and thanks, RMCC pastors and elders).


About Tara Barthel

Tara Klena Barthel formerly served as the Director of the Institute for Christian Conciliation. As such, she oversaw hundreds of conciliation cases (including conflicted church interventions) through the international network of trained conciliators. Tara also provided oversight and leadership for all advanced conciliator training. Currently, she serves her family as a homemaker while occasionally accepting cases as a mediator, arbitrator, and conflicted church intervention team member. Currently enrolled at Reformed Theological Seminary and pursuing her Master's Degree in Religion, Tara consults with businesses and ministries on the legal risk management issues attendant to conflict; designs and presents custom training on biblical conflict resolution for churches, missions agencies, and parachurch organizations; speaks frequently at women’s conferences and retreats; and is currently working on many new writing projects. Tara is the author of the Living the Gospel in Relationships video series and co-author of Peacemaking Women—Biblical Hope for Resolving Conflict (Baker Books, 2005), and Redeeming Church Conflicts--Turning Crisis into Compassion and Care (Baker Books, 2012; second imprint Hendrickson Publishers 2016). Prior to moving to Billings, Montana to join the staff of Peacemaker Ministries, Tara worked as an attorney and business consultant in Chicago. Tara earned her law degree and M.B.A. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and her B.A. in psychology from Augustana College (Illinois).
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