The Unnecessary Pastor: Rediscovering the Call
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The Unnecessary Pastor: Rediscovering the Call

Edited By: Peter Santucci
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 1999 / Paperback

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In a society protective of political correctness and the status quo, many forces consider pastors dangerous and unnecessary. Now respected authors explore Romans, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, and Ephesians to reconnect clergy with biblical texts that will train them as countercultural servants of God---and help them recover their gospel identity! 256 pages, softcover from Eerdmans.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 1999
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0802846785
ISBN-13: 9780802846785

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Best-selling authors Marva Dawn and Eugene Peterson offer encouragement to pastors.

Pastors are strategically placed to counter the culture. No other profession looks so inoffensive but is in fact so dangerous to the status quo. Their weapon? A gospel that is profoundly countercultural. But standing firm in today's world isn't easy. Powerful forces, both subtle and obvious, attempt to domesticate pastors, to make them, in a word, unnecessary.

In this book, two of today's most respected authors help pastors recover their gospel identity and maintain a pure vision of Christian leadership. Marva Dawn and Eugene Peterson reconnect pastors with the biblical texts that will train them as countercultural servants of the gospel. Marva Dawn looks to Paul's letter to the Ephesians for instruction for churches seeking to live faithfully in today's world. In turn, Eugene Peterson explores Romans, 1 and 2 Timothy, and Titus, drawing from them the correct view of pastoral identity.

Author Bio

Marva J. Dawn is a theologian, author, musician, andeducator with Christians Equipped for Ministry, Vancouver,Washington, and Teaching Fellow in Spiritual Theology atRegent College. A scholar with four masters degrees and aPh.D. in Christian Ethics and the Scriptures from theUniversity of Notre Dame, Dr. Dawn has spoken for clergyand worship conferences and seminaries throughout NorthAmerica and in Madagascar and in Eastern and WesternEurope. She has written many books, most of which arepublished by Eerdmans.
Eugene H. Peterson was a longtime pastor and is professor emeritus of spiritual theology at Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia. His many other acclaimed books include The Contemplative Pastor, Eat This Book, The Jesus Way

Editorial Reviews

Academy of Parish ClergyTop Ten Books of the Year (2001)

Reformed Review
"Every once in a while, a book comes along that should be required reading for everyone who is in ministry. . . If you have enjoyed previous works by Dawn and/or Peterson, you will enjoy this book as well. It is a book that draws pastors, especially closer to God and encourages us to rely more fully on his grace."

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"This is a rich book with much to assist both pastors and laypersons in shaping their biblical identity as countercultural servants of Jesus Christ."

Christian Retailing
"The book's premise is that there are three ways that pastors are unnecessary: to what the culture presumes is important, to what pastors themselves feel is essential and to what congregations insist that pastors must do and be. The Unnecessary Pastor should liberate ministers from such manmade limitations and free them to become what God has called them to be. It's likely not only to be popular with clergy, but also clergy-to-be, as seminarians could definitely benefit from its godly insights."

"Peterson and Dawn's book is a path back to the altar of honesty. Dawn and Petersen have come to set us free of our addictions to self-importance. It has always been better to be needy than necessary. Their book rightly teaches us that we are unnecessary. When we doubt it, we are irrelevant as well."

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