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Paul David Tripp’s “Lead” wins the ECPA 2021 Christian Book Award® in the Ministry Resource category

WHEATON, Ill.—Crossway is pleased to announce that Lead: 12 Gospel Principles for Leadership in the Church by Paul David Tripp has won the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association’s (ECPA) 2021 Christian Book Award® in the Ministry Resource category.

In Lead (Crossway, September 2020), Tripp offers twelve gospel-centered leadership principles for both aspiring leaders and weathered pastors as they navigate the challenging waters of pastoral ministry. This resource shows the vital role that the leadership community plays in molding leaders.

“The church is in desperate need of a leadership community whose function is not just structured to achieve with efficiency but is more deeply shaped by the comforts and calls of the gospel of Jesus Christ,” writes Tripp. “As in every other relationship of human life, if you look at your leadership community through the lens of the gospel of Jesus Christ, it will transform your expectations, your commitments, your behavior, and the way you respond to difficulty. It is not just nebulous biblical talk to say that the gospel must be our model for the formation and function of the leadership community that is to guide the church. The focus of this book is the specific call of the gospel on the way we think about leadership.”

“What a joy to see Paul Tripp’s book, Lead, recognized in this way,” notes Justin Taylor, Crossway’s executive vice president of book publishing. “I cannot count the number of people who have told me how refreshing and recalibrating this book was for their own ministry. We live in a day of profound challenges for leading well within the church, and we pray that God would continue to use this book to establish healthy leadership communities for the good of God’s people and for the fame of God’s name.”

The ECPA Christian Book Award® program awards winners in twelve categories, including Bibles, Biographies & Memoirs, Faith & Culture, and Ministry Resources. The program “recognizes the highest quality in Christian books and Bibles and is among the oldest and most prestigious awards programs in the religious publishing industry.”1

Paul David Tripp (DMin, Westminster Theological Seminary) is a pastor, award-winning author, and international conference speaker. He has written numerous books, including the best seller New Morning Mercies. His nonprofit ministry exists to connect the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life. Tripp lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Luella, and they have four grown children. @PaulTripp

Founded in 1938, Crossway is a not-for-profit global Christian publishing ministry that publishes gospel-centered, Bible-based content to honor our Savior and serve his church. Crossway seeks to help people understand the all-encompassing implications of the gospel and the truth of God’s word—for all of life, for all eternity, and for the glory of God alone. Crossway is the global publisher of the ESV® (English Standard Version®) Bible, more than 1,000 Christian books, and an extensive list of gospel literature. For additional information, visit

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1. “About,” Christian Book Award, ECPA, 2021, accessed May 6, 2021, https://christianbookawards.dcom/about.html.