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4.09 out of 54.09 out of 54.09 out of 54.09 out of 54.09 out of 5 4.09 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Piper Narrator: Adam Verner Publisher: christianaudio.com Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2013 ISBN:
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In this revised and expanded edition of Brothers, We Are Not Professionals that 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.

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.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Jones | 2/16/2014

    " A must read for all church "professionals." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter N. | 2/15/2014

    " A very good book on what pastoral ministry should be about. Numerous chapters challenged my priorities. A worthwhile read for any man going in the ministry or any lay person who wants to pray effectively for their pastor. I agree with another reviewer that his chapter on worship was most frustrating. I also didn't like how he quoted himself at the beginning of each chapter. That seemed odd. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toby | 2/14/2014

    " This was a great read. Lots of great encouragement and a number of well placed warnings. Piper obviously has great pastoral instincts. While his chapter on baptism is defending his view of believer's baptism, it was his chapter on worship that was the most frustrating. But otherwise lots of helpful stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerry | 1/20/2014

    " Aside from the chapters on baptism and worship, which are unfortunate, this is an excellent and prophetic book. Encouraging and challenging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 1/16/2014

    " Easy to read vignettes filled with Piper's clear Biblical perspective on pastoral ministry. Highly recommended for anyone, but especially those seriously pursuing ministry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Towens23 | 12/31/2013

    " Really excellent book for pastors! I recommend to anyone who feels called into vocational ministry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jimmy | 12/28/2013

    " This is good book to read for anyone who has anything to do with ministry. I makes you take it seriously. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chad Barnes | 12/25/2013

    " An absolute must-read for every pastor and/or teacher. Probably the most important book on pastoral ministry that I've read. Piper's focus is the truth of Scripture instead of the business practices of the world. Great read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 john albarado | 12/17/2013

    " this book was very good everyone should read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 clAViD | 12/15/2013

    " The best "devotional" I've ever read. Chapters are long enough to be insightful and stirring but short enough to read with your breakfast to kick-start your day. Meant for pastors, but I really think it's good for everyone. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nathan | 12/14/2013

    " There are some great insights and the chapters are short. It is specifically for pastors in the ministry. It describes changes that many churches need to make. He does speak very positively on the importance of constantly reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 BJ | 12/9/2013

    " Piper's radical call is a needed one for pastors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 12/9/2013

    " Excellent book, but probably not overly interesting to non-Christians. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay Kennedy | 11/25/2013

    " Excellent collection of essays. Not only for pastors or those in ministry. Many of the essays are very challenging and enlightening. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James Mclean | 11/4/2013

    " Great reminder for all those in ministry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josh Maurer | 10/30/2013

    " Superb call for Pastors to focus on what really matters in the ministry! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric Durso | 9/27/2013

    " I'm continually coming back to this book for wisdom. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Micah Lugg | 9/3/2013

    " Can't get enough of this. Was originally directed to it by SKH and it's a well from which I continue to drink from. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marshall Walter | 7/11/2013

    " Classic Piper...good reference book for Pastors and a great foundation for anyone regarding the things we stand for and labor for as believers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 5/23/2013

    " A great book for when I started out in ministry. However, dear John, you need to rethink your stance on women in ministry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jud Kossum | 3/19/2013

    " A difficult read even for Piper, but a must-read for pastors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick Dobrowolski | 2/19/2013

    " This book exceeded my expectations. John Piper lays out some incredible points to consider as a pastor. It was an encouraging and focusing book in my life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arnold Torres | 2/1/2013

    " Great book, It just changed everything! "

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About the Author
Author John Piper

John Piper is founder and teacher of DesiringGod.org and chancellor for Bethlehem College and Seminary, Minneapolis. For thirty-three years, he was pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church. He is author of more than fifty books, including Desiring God and Let the Nations Be Glad!

About the Narrator

Adam Verner is a full-time narrator with over 250 titles recorded for ncompanies such as HarperCollins, Recorded Books, Brilliance, Blackstone Audio, AudioGo, Tantor, Oasis, Audible, Highbridge, eChristian, Dreamscape, and Zondervan. He is the recipient of three AudioFile Earphones Awards and has been nominated for Voice Arts awards by the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences. He holds an MFA in acting from the Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.