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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 remaining. As C. H. Spurgeon warned, opposite to what's frequently assumed, "our risks are extra quite a few and extra insidious than these of normal Christians." this angle used to be shared by means of the unified voice of the historical church, major a few patristic church fathers to firstly flee the decision to ministry. an analogous hazards have been again 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 career surfaces those gemstones so usually missed in old Christian literature, and ends with their functional suggestion on the way to conquer. As either a pastoral and non secular theology, A most deadly occupation is sure so as to add a big voice to the continued conversation approximately pastoral self-care.

"Eric Sorenson has performed an enormous piece of labor in retrieval--making on hand for us the pastoral knowledge of the ecumenical and historic 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 fresh. We owe the writer our gratitude for his digging within the strong 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 unsafe name to ministry which calls for realization not just to the traditional stresses of a high-demand task yet to the distinct risks of pastoral ministry and the necessity to boost these behavior of non secular healthiness that would maintain pastors over the lengthy haul. this can be a booklet that's in part historical past, as Dr. Sorenson tells the tales of varied 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 priceless 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 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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