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Marshall Shelley is vice president of Christianity Today and editor of Leadership Journal. He is the author of a number of books, including Well-Inspired Dragons and The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham

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Obres de Marshall Shelley

The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham (2005) — Autor — 339 exemplars
Helping Those Who Don't Want Help (1986) 162 exemplars
Fresh Ideas for Families, Youth & Children (1984) — Editor — 122 exemplars
Telling Stories to Children (1990) 20 exemplars
Romans (1995) 17 exemplars
Our Powerful Helper (1994) 12 exemplars
Our Merciful Judge (1994) 9 exemplars
Spiritual War Vets 2 exemplars
Engaging the Enemy 1 exemplars
Rediscovered Roots 1 exemplars
My New View of God 1 exemplars
Kuroda Josui 1 exemplars
Uesugi Kenshin 1 exemplars
Evangelism 1 exemplars
Leave Room For God 1 exemplars
Pastor's Progress 1 exemplars
Cross-Training 1 exemplars
Creativity 1 exemplars
Electronic WarFare 1 exemplars
Just Church 1 exemplars
Spiritual Formation 1 exemplars
The 5 Main Things 1 exemplars
You Gotta Be There 1 exemplars
Courage 1 exemplars
Preaching 1 exemplars
Pulpit Confession 1 exemplars

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Nom oficial
Shelley, Marshall Bruce
Data de naixement
1953
Gènere
male

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OLibrary | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Jul 1, 2021 |
The church is full of difficult people. Often they don’t mean to be divisive, but pastors have to navigate power plays from lay leaders or other people opposed to the minister’s ministry philosophy. Differences in theological convictions can lead to mistrust and questioning of pastoral motives. Sometimes lay leaders have convictions about how to deal strongly with sin in the congregation without seeing the full picture that the pastor sees in confidential counseling sessions. This often means that when ‘dragons’ act to nip a problem in the bud, they cause undue hurt and consternation. Author Marshall Shelley calls these problem people, “Well-intentioned Dragons.” After all they aren’t trying to make life hell for those around them, but the end up causing much pastoral anxiety.

Ministering to Problem People in the Church helps pastors diagnosis problem people, set appropriate boundaries, create a culture of active lay participation and healthy leadership and confront these ‘dragons’ where necessary. Ministering to Problem People in the Church was originally published as Well-Intentioned Dragons. I actually read the earlier edition of this book and found it helpful of understanding the dynamics of fallen people in church. New to this edition was a chapter on electronic communication which gives pastors some principles for communicating well in a world of texts, email and social media (and not compounding problems!). Also Shelley has a chapter on dealing with those struggling with mental illness in the church, which is sensitive to the dynamics of treatment and affirms the full personhood of those who struggle without demonizing them.

I think Shelley’s shorthand of ‘well-intentioned dragons’ for difficult congregants is problematic (these are fellow image-bearers not mythical beasts) but he offers sound advice on how to navigate troubled waters. Despite the shorthand label, he advocates attempt to approach dragons with respect and understanding, sensitive to their past wounds. He also doesn’t think we are in the business of slaying dragons, but of winning them back to the body of Christ (following Matthew 18). So despite the nomenclature, Shelley humanizes God’s problem children in the church.

Another concern one might have while reading this book is, ‘what if the pastor is the the problem?” Spiritual abuse and clergy misconduct are real issues but that is beyond the scope of this book. Shelley assumes that the pastor is attempting to lead God’s people well. I would hate for abusive pastors to label all their opponents as ‘dragons’ as a way of silencing them, but that would be to ignore most of Shelley’s advice. But if you assume that this book is written to help pastors lead healthy congregations (which it was), and follow Shelley’s advice for creating a healthy leadership culture, their is little cause for concern here.

Pastors and ministry leaders will find in Shelley’s helpful advice for shepherding God’s people, especially when they find themselves at loggerheads with those they seek to lead. This will be much more helpful to the ministry practitioner (its intended audience) than the general reader. I give this book four stars.

Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

… (més)
 
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Jamichuk | May 22, 2017 |
Practical advice on dealing with those people in the church you might rather not deal with. Shelley notes advice from many pastors using situations they have been in. Not surprisingly, the situations seemed all too familiar. The book related that reconciliation and growth can occur despite disagreements and personality conflicts. The encouragement of the book was that "it doesn't have to be that way," with practical ideas for solving the most difficult problems.
 
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memlhd | Hi ha 3 ressenyes més | Jan 23, 2016 |
Practical advice on dealing with those people in the church you might rather not deal with. Shelley notes advice from many pastors using situations they have been in. Not surprisingly, the situations seemed all too familiar. The book related that reconciliation and growth can occur despite disagreements and personality conflicts. The encouragement of the book was that "it doesn't have to be that way," with practical ideas for solving the most difficult problems.
 
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memlhd | Hi ha 3 ressenyes més | Jan 23, 2016 |

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Obres
145
Membres
2,650
Popularitat
#9,690
Valoració
½ 3.7
Ressenyes
45
ISBN
91

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