The author is a Southern Baptist pastor who experienced great success in his own lengthy career until his final pastorate, which ended while he was in his early 60s. Greenfield was surprised to find himself in a poisonous church environment which ultimately drove him out of his pulpit. He now counsels pastors whose lives and careers have been wrecked by those called 'clergy killers'.
All of his stories and most of his advice is primarily applicable to pastors in denominations with congregational governments. Many of these problems, such as sudden and arbitrary termination, could not happen in episcopal denominations, such as the United Methodist Church. He does, however, lift up the UMC institution of the Pastor-Parish Relations Committee as something that every church should have, although I think that he misunderstands its function in United Methodist polity.
Greenfield also examines pathological ministers who destroy congregations and ruin the lives of fellow clergy members and staff, and suggests various structural changes that could prevent or deter abuse in a congregational polity. Personally, I found the book interesting, if not immediately applicable to my own ministry.