Brothers, We Are Not Professionals: A Plea to Pastors for Radical Ministry, Updated and Expanded Edition (Revised)

Brothers, We Are Not Professionals: A Plea to Pastors for Radical Ministry, Updated and Expanded Edition (Revised)
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Piper, John

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In this updated and expanded edition of Brothers, We Are Not Professionals, John Piper pleads with fellow pastors to abandon the professionalization of the pastorate and pursue the prophetic call of the Bible for radical ministry.

"We pastors are being killed by the professionalizing of the pastoral ministry," he writes. "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.

"Brothers, we are not professionals. We are outcasts. We are aliens and exiles in the world. Our citizenship is in Heaven, and we wait with eager expectation for the Lord (Phil. 3:20). you cannot professionalize the love for His appearing without killing it. And it is being killed."

"The world sets the agenda of the professional man; God sets the agenda of the spiritual man. The strong wine of Jesus Christ explodes the wine- skins of professionalism."

About the Author

John Piper is pastor for preaching and vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. He is the best-selling author of more than 40 books including Don't Waste Your Life and Desiring God.

Book Details

308 Pages
Publisher: Broadman and Holman Publishers
Publication Date: February 2013
ISBN 10: 1433678829
ISBN 13: 9781433678820

“May the Holy Spirit use this book to help ignite the next generation with a passion to deny themselves and take up their crosses to serve Christ and his sheep from every tribe, tongue, and nation.”
- Burk Parsons, Pastor, Saint Andrew’s Chapel, Lake Mary, FL

“Piper has provided a generation of pastors with a clear and profound statement on our calling.”
- Matt Carter, Pastor, The Austin Stone Community Church, Austin, TX

“I hope every pastor reads this book and listens to its sane, practical, biblical advice.”
- Kevin DeYoung, Pastor, University Reformed Church, East Lansing, MI

“It will challenge you. It will instruct you. And most of all, it will encourage you as you shepherd God’s flock which he has entrusted to your care.”
- Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

“I am honored to be able to recommend this 2nd edition of Brothers, We Are Not Professionals. I cannot commend it highly enough. Read it. Re-read it. And then teach it to others.”
- J.D. Greear, Pastor, Summit Church, Raleigh-Durham, NC

“It was the kindness of God which led me to stumble across this book in my first year of pastoral ministry. I remember vividly kneeling at my bedside in tears, feeling so rebuked and so encouraged at the same time. I loved this book then and, with several new chapters, I love it even more now. I hope every pastor reads this book and listens to its sane, practical, biblical advice.”
– Kevin DeYoung

“John Piper makes me uncomfortable. And I thank God for that. He makes me uneasy with the worldliness that so easily creeps into my heart in my thinking about ministry. He highlights temptations to compromise – temptations that I know personally. He warns me of hidden traps. He urges me against allowing the calling of God to be domesticated by the outlook of this passing age, or by my desire to be esteemed by it. But he also reminds me of issues where my people need to be challenged and encouraged. I read Brothers, We Are Not Professionals when it first came out a decade ago, and have returned to portions of it repeatedly, for examination, encouragement and exhortation. I am delighted now to commend this new edition, with additional chapters addressing important topics. This book is ultimately not only convicting, but comforting, and not only exhortational but devotional. This is a faithful prophet’s call to the sons of the prophets. May the Lord grant, by the power of his grace, that we would be able to join John is his prayer: 'Thank You for protecting me for all these years from the deadening effects of professionalization.'”
– Ligon Duncan