Jan. 22, 2013
-- Originally published in 2002, in this revised and expanded edition of Brothers, We Are Not Professionals
which includes a new introduction and select all-new chapters, best-selling author John Piper pleads through a series of thoughtful essays with fellow pastors to abandon the professionalization of the pastorate and pursue the prophetic call of the Bible for radical ministry.
Piper, who has been called a “pastor to pastors,” and is a key figure behind Desiring God Ministries, explains, “We pastors are being killed by the professionalizing of the pastoral ministry.”
“The mentality of the professional is not the mentality of the prophet. It is not the mentality of the slave of Christ. Professionalism has nothing to do with the essence and heart of the Christian ministry. The more professional we long to be, the more spiritual death we will leave in our wake. For there is no professional childlikeness, there is no professional tenderheartedness, there is no professional panting after God,” he adds.
New content includes chapters on health and sanctification, as well as additions to clarify concepts the author felt pressed upon over the last ten years as he continued to teach pastors ways to dive deeper as a leader. The breadth of topics spans chapters that address a pastor’s personal prayer life, the truth or Hell, racism, and more.