Out of Darkness, Out of Fire: A Workbook for Christian Leaders under Pressure

Ross Kingham & Robin Pryor


This book is about authentic spirituality for the leader’s of God’s people. It does not attempt simple prescriptions or slick formulae for leaders who encounter darkness or fire, mountains or valleys. What is offered is a challenge to renewed hope for pilgrims who, having counted the cost, find that discipleship is both more enigmatic and more fulfilling than could ever have been anticipated.

Most Christian leaders experience times of stress in their ministry. In this book, now re-printed for the second time, two skilled counsellors help leaders to identify the causes, recognise the symptoms and cope with stress.

The book’s marvellous resources and updated bibliography continue to help people discover their strengths and weaknesses in leadership, while encouraging them to find new hope and clear goals for future ministry.

When you have completed working through this book, we hope that you will have

  • reflected and meditated on periods of particular stress in your life
  • engaged in helpful self-appraisal of your experience of leadership
  • better understood and accepted your personal vulnerability and strengths as a Christian leader
  • developed your understanding of the pressures and encouragements to be found in the community of faith, and
  • discovered new hope and clearer goals for the way ahead for you in leadership.

Ross Kingham & Robin Pryor

Dr Ross Kingham is a minister of the Uniting Church in Canberra and Director of Barnabas Ministries, a well-established ecumenical ministry group. Through its retreat ministry, Barnabas Ministries supports and encourages Christian leaders in Australia, developing their spirituality and supporting their ongoing renewal. It also offers counselling for clergy, church leaders and their families in times of pressure. Operating independently of church structures, Barnabas Ministries nurtures the spiritual life of church leaders, an ongoing need. Ross is married to Valmai, a medical practitioner.

Dr Robin Pryor is a minister in the Uniting Church and currently Presbytery Minister, Maribyrnong Valley in Melbourne. His publications include High-calling, High-stress: An Overview