Most evangelical Christians know of John Piper - he is one of the key evangelical Bible conference speakers. But his teaching doesn't flow from some international ministry run from an office block somewhere (though he does have international impact) but out of his pastoral ministry at Bethlehem Baptist Church, in Minneapolis.
In many US churches, the tendency has been to move towards a business-oriented, "managerial" pattern of church leadership. In the first essay in this collection, which gives the book its title, Piper reminds his target audience of ministers strongly that church leadership isn't fundamentally about business management, but about service - that their model isn't to be the world of commerce, but the suffering servant. Of course, when somebody sneezes in a US church, people in UK churches catch cold, so the book is also significant for ministers this side of the Atlantic.
The rest of the book consists of a series of essays which challenge ministers in many areas of their Christian lives - their relationship with their wives; the way music functions in their churches; their prayer life. The chapter titles themselves - "Brothers, tell them copper will do", "Brothers, save the saints" - are challenging and inviting. The aim is for ministers and their churches to conform more to the pattern of Christ, and less to the pattern of the world.
Even if the reader finds himself disagreeing with Piper over some issues, this book can hardly fail to have good fruit in stirring up ministers to holiness and the pursuit of God. May they read it and be encouraged in the ministry that they have been given.