A Most Dangerous Profession: Why the Pastoral Ministry Is by Eric C. Sorenson

By Eric C. Sorenson

each Christian is assailed by way of the gales of temptation, yet these in specialist ministry face fiercer storms than the remainder. As C. H. Spurgeon warned, opposite to what's usually assumed, "our hazards are extra a number of and extra insidious than these of normal Christians." this angle was once shared via the unified voice of the historical church, prime a few patristic church fathers to at first flee the decision to ministry. an identical hazards have been time and again pointed out within the writings of the early English pastoral theologians as they sought to mentor their protégés in profitable ministry. A most deadly occupation surfaces those gem stones so frequently missed in historical Christian literature, and ends with their functional recommendation on the right way to triumph over. As either a pastoral and non secular theology, A most threatening occupation is certain so as to add a big voice to the continuing conversation approximately pastoral self-care.

"Eric Sorenson has performed an enormous piece of labor in retrieval--making to be had for us the pastoral knowledge of the ecumenical and historic church. He reinforces paintings performed by means of others on Gregory of Nazianzus, John Chrysostom, and Gregory the nice. His restoration of the pastoral theology and perform within the English church within the centuries following the Reformation is either well timed and fresh. We owe the writer our gratitude for his digging within the reliable soil of ministry previous, and for his handing it directly to us."
--Andrew Purves
Professor of Reformed Theology
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

"Assembling an array of pastoral voices, drawn essentially from the Church Fathers and the English Reformation, Eric Sorenson explores with nice ability the 'dangerous' paintings of ministry. He reminds us back of the excessive and dangerous name to ministry which calls for awareness not just to the traditional stresses of a high-demand activity yet to the targeted hazards of pastoral ministry and the necessity to advance these behavior of non secular overall healthiness that may maintain pastors over the lengthy haul. it is a ebook that's in part historical past, as Dr. Sorenson tells the tales of assorted pastors of their social contexts, partially theology, as he discusses the rigors and temptations of ministry, and partially sensible, as he seeks to make this fabric available and important to modern pastors in his name to retreat (retirement), self-knowledge, and research. finally, what Dr. Sorenson has produced is the very factor he has been writing approximately, specifically, a handbook for pastoral ministry within the twenty-first century."
--Richard Peace
Robert Boyd Munger Professor of Evangelism and religious Formation
Fuller Theological Seminary

Eric Sorenson is Dean and Professor of Pastoral Theology and Ministry at Pacific Islands Evangelical Seminary in Guam. he's a graduate of Fuller and Princeton Theological Seminaries and has over two decades of pastoral adventure. He and his spouse, Karyn, have 4 children.

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