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By Eric C. Sorenson

each Christian is assailed via 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 through the unified voice of the old church, major a few patristic church fathers to before everything flee the decision to ministry. an identical risks 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 old Christian literature, and ends with their sensible suggestion on find out how to triumph over. As either a pastoral and religious theology, A most threatening career is certain so as to add a massive voice to the continued 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 ancient church. He reinforces paintings performed by way 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 clean. We owe the writer our gratitude for his digging within the stable soil of ministry earlier, 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 cognizance not just to the conventional stresses of a high-demand task yet to the exact hazards of pastoral ministry and the necessity to increase these conduct of non secular health and wellbeing that may maintain pastors over the lengthy haul. this can be a ebook that's partially heritage, as Dr. Sorenson tells the tales of assorted pastors of their social contexts, partially theology, as he discusses the pains and temptations of ministry, and partially useful, as he seeks to make this fabric obtainable and worthy to modern pastors in his name to retreat (retirement), self-knowledge, and research. in spite of everything, what Dr. Sorenson has produced is the very factor he has been writing approximately, specifically, a guide for pastoral ministry within the twenty-first century."
--Richard Peace
Robert Boyd Munger Professor of Evangelism and non secular 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 20 years of pastoral adventure. He and his spouse, Karyn, have 4 children.

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