A Most Dangerous Profession
Why the Pastoral Ministry Is Hazardous to Your Soul
Imprint: Resource Publications
"Eric Sorenson has done an important piece of work in retrieval--making available for us the pastoral wisdom of the ecumenical and historical church. He reinforces work done by others on Gregory of Nazianzus, John Chrysostom, and Gregory the Great. His recovery of the pastoral theology and practice in the English church in the centuries following the Reformation is both timely and refreshing. We owe the author our gratitude for his digging in the good soil of ministry past, and for his handing it on to us."
Professor of Reformed Theology
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
"Assembling an array of pastoral voices, drawn primarily from the Church Fathers and the English Reformation, Eric Sorenson explores with great skill the 'dangerous' work of ministry. He reminds us again of the high and hazardous call to ministry which demands attention not only to the normal stresses of a high-demand job but to the special dangers of pastoral ministry and the need to develop those habits of spiritual health that will sustain pastors over the long haul. This is a book that is partly history, as Dr. Sorenson tells the stories of various pastors in their social contexts, partly theology, as he discusses the trials and temptations of ministry, and partly practical, as he seeks to make this material accessible and useful to contemporary pastors in his call to retreat (retirement), self-knowledge, and study. In the end, what Dr. Sorenson has produced is the very thing he has been writing about, namely, a manual for pastoral ministry in the twenty-first century."
Robert Boyd Munger Professor of Evangelism and Spiritual Formation
Fuller Theological Seminary