District Conference Speaker and Themes

Paul Tripp is the president of Paul Tripp Ministries, a nonprofit organization whose mission statement is “Connecting the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life.” This mission leads Paul to weekly speaking engagements around the world. In addition to being a gifted communicator, Paul is the Executive Director of the Center for Pastoral Life and Care in Fort Worth, Texas, and has taught at respected institutions worldwide. As an author, Paul has written many books on Christian Living that are read and distributed internationally (see below). He resides in Philadelphia with his wife, Luella, and has four grown children. 

Paul possesses a deep and sincere concern for the hearts of those who minister week-in-and-week-out.  He is well acquainted with the struggles of ministry leadership.  Paul has insights into the knowledge and skill of ministry leaders, as well as our heart attitudes and the danger in Western Christianity to “academize” our faith.  

Paul understands that the first person God is seeking to transform substantively through our ministry is we ourselves.  Paul will encourage us as ministry leaders to be attentive to those elements in our own lives which still need the ongoing transformation of the gospel.  He will challenge us to examine ourselves for lingering incongruities between our public and private lives. 

We are not immune to very fallen perspectives regarding our autonomy (our “right” to our own lives) and our self-sufficiency (the delusional belief that we have everything within ourselves) in doing what we are called to do—or simply want to do.  What about our hearts?  Our thoughts and deepest desires?  Paul will address what our Lord is willing to allow in our lives, in the way of personal and ministry difficulties, in order to pursue our personal holiness. 

We will be encouraged to recognize and address our own spiritual blindness and to embrace our own brokenness to become more authentic in our ministries.  We will be challenged and resourced to overcome the inertia of duplicity and to surround ourselves with grace-filled community so that we may rest in God’s care and grace, in order to resist our enemy’s efforts to shipwreck us. 

Please make it a priority for you and your key lay leaders to join us April 16-17 for some of the most practical content you will ever receive regarding your protection and stamina in ministry. 

Books by Paul Tripp:

Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens, P & R Publishing, November,1997
War of Words: Getting to the Heart of Our Communication Struggles, P & R Publishing, January, 2000
Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands: People in Need of Change Helping People in Need of Change, P & R Publishing, November, 2002.
Lost in the Middle: Midlife and the Grace of God, Shepherd Press, October, 2004
How People Change (co-author) New Growth Press, May, 2006
Relationships: A Mess Worth Making (co-author) New Growth Press, November, 2006
A Quest for More: Living for Something Bigger Than You, New Growth Press, October, 2007
Whiter Than Snow: Meditations on Sin and Mercy, Crossway Books, July 2008
A Shelter in the Time of Storm: Meditations on God and Trouble, Crossway Books, April, 2009
Broken Down House: Living Productively in a World Gone Bad, Shepherd Press, June 2009
What Did You Expect?: Redeeming the Realities of Marriage, Crossway Books, May 2010
Forever: Why You Can’t Live Without It, Zondervan, September, 2011