Ministering to Problem People in Your Church: What to Do With Well-Intentioned Dragons

Ministering to Problem People in Your Church: What to Do With Well-Intentioned Dragons

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Overview

Do you face well-intentioned dragons?

Every church has them--sincere, well-meaning Christians who leave ulcers, strained relationships, and hard feelings in their wake. They don't intend to be hostile; they don't consciously plot destruction or breed discontent. But they often do undermine the ministry of the church and make pastors question their calling.

Ministering to Problem People in Your Church will guide you in dealing with these challenging people. Based on real-life accounts of battle-scarred veterans, this book helps you go beyond just tolerating problem people to limiting their damage and showing them God's love. You'll discover effective strategies to turn dissidents into disciples.

This time-tested book by the editor-in-chief of Christianity Today's Leadership Journal has new chapters on using social media and caring for those with mental illness. It will help you not only preserve your sanity (and maybe your job), but minister more effectively, even to those who make life difficult.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764211447
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/19/2013
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 840,141
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.38(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Marshall Shelley serves as director of the doctor of ministry program and associate professor of pastoral leadership and ministry at Denver Seminary. He was editor of Leadership Journal for thirty-four years, and as a vice president at Christianity Today, oversaw Christian History, Marriage Partnership, Church Law & Tax Report, and Men of Integrity magazines and PreachingToday.com. He is the author of several books, including Helping Those Who Don't Want Help and The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham. He holds a journalism degree from Bethel University in Minnesota and an MDiv from Denver Seminary in Colorado.

Table of Contents

Foreword Rick McKinley 9

Introduction: Church or Dragon's Lair? 11

1 Complex Conflicts 17

2 Identifying a Dragon 41

3 Personal Attacks 59

4 Electronic Warfare 75

5 When the Mind Isn't Quite Right 91

6 The Play for Power 107

7 The Best Defense 127

8 The Second-Best Defense 141

9 When the Dragon May Be Right 157

10 When It's Time to Confront 167

11 When There's No Resolution 185

Epilogue 201

Notes 205

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