Brothers, We are not Professionals A Plea to Pastors for Radical Ministry By John Piper
In Brothers, We are Not Professionals, author and pastor John Piper pleas with his colleagues to abandon the secularization of the pastorate and return to the primitive call of the Bible for radical ministry.
Piper maintains that 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 Christian ministry. The more professional pastors long to be, the more spiritual death they may be subject to. Professionalism is often at odds with childlikeness, tenderheartedness, and panting after God. 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 wineskins of professionalism.