Brothers We Are Not Professionals Paperback

A Plea to Pastors for Radical Ministry, Updated and Expanded Edition

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Revised and expanded this new edition is a radical ministry tool for church leaders from acclaimed author John Piper.

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Brothers We Are Not Professionals

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The book that Church Leadership to its core – ‘Brothers, We Are Not Professionals’ by John Piper – has been fully revised & updated for the next generation of ministers, pastors and vicars.

With a new introduction and 6 brand new chapters, bestselling author and experienced pastor John Piper gives a compelling and sincere message to his fellow leaders. Through well-structured essays and biblically sound argument, John has compiled his plead to abandon professionalism and instead pursue radical ministry.

New chapters includes:
•   God Really Does Make Much of Us
•   Where Physical Exercise Fits into a Leaders Life
•   How to Glorify God without Belittling Yourself

“For there is no professional childlikeness, there is no professional tenderheartedness, there is no professional panting after God… The world sets the agenda of the professional man; God sets the agenda of the spiritual man.”

John’s passion and desire for you to become a God-driven leader is felt in every word of this insightful and transformative book. If you approach this book with an open heart, a desire to know God more and with your leadership head, ‘Brothers, We Are Not Professionals’ will sharpen your ministry and refocus your calling.

Brothers We Are Not Professionals by John Piper was published by B & H Publishing Group in February 2013 and is our 25179th best seller. The ISBN for Brothers We Are Not Professionals is 9781433678820.

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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.”


Chapter 1 | Brothers, We Are Not Professionals
Chapter 2 | Brothers, God Loves His Glory
Chapter 3 | Brothers, God Is Love
Chapter 4 | Brothers, Live and Preach Justification by Faith
Chapter 5 | Brothers, Beware of the Debtor's Ethic
Chapter 6 | Brothers, Tell Them Not to Serve God
Chapter 7 | Brothers, Consider Christian Hedonism
Chapter 8 | Brothers, Let Us Pray
Chapter 9 | Brothers, Beware of Sacred Substitutes
Chapter 10 | Brothers, Fight for Your Life
Chapter 11 | Brothers, Let Us Query the Text
Chapter 12 | Brothers, Bitzer Was a Banker
Chapter 13 | Brothers, Read Christian Biography
Chapter 14 | Brothers, Show Your People Why God Inspired Hard Text
Chapter 15 | Brothers, Save the Saints
Chapter 16 | Brothers, We Must Feel the Truth of Hell
Chapter 17 | Brothers, Lead Them to Repentance through Their Pleasure
Chapter 18 | Brothers, Magnify the Meaning of Baptism
Chapter 19 | Brothers, Our Affection Is for Their Comfort
Chapter 20 | Brothers, Let the River Run Deep
Chapter 21 | Brothers, Don't Fight Flesh Tanks with Peashooter Regulations
Chapter 22 | Brothers, Don't Confuse Uncertainty with Humility
Chapter 23 | Brothers, Tell Them Copper Will Do
Chapter 24 | Brothers, Help Your People Hold On and Minister in Calamity
Chapter 25 | Brothers, Give Them God's Passion for Missions
Chapter 26 | Brothers, Sever the Root of Racism
Chapter 27 | Brothers, Blow the Trumpet for the Unborn
Chapter 28 | Brothers, Focus on the Essence of Worship, Not the Form
Chapter 29 | Brothers, Love Your Wife’s
Chapter 30 | Brothers, Pray for the Seminaries

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Page last updated 17th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherB & H Publishing Group (February 2013)
Number of Pages307
Thickness25 mm
Height213 mm
Width137 mm
Product Code4052572
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