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 difficult; they don't consciously plot destruction or breed discontent among the members. But they do often undermine the ministry of the church and make pastors question their calling. Well Intentioned Dragons guides those on church staff in facing the strenuous task of dealing with difficult people-even ministering while under attack. Based on real-life stories of battle scarred veterans, Marshall Shelly presents a clear picture of God's love for those on both side of the problem. He describes tested strategies to communicate that love and turn dissidents into disciples. Here is a book that will not only help pastors and church leaders preserve their sanity (and maybe their jobs); it will help them minister more effectively even to those who make life difficult.
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Review 1 for Well-Intentioned Dragons
Date:March 28, 2013
Truly depicts "dragons" encountered in all areas of life, especially as it relates to spiritual relationships. It certainly helps to solidify the need to know the Word of God to slay the "dragons".
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Review 2 for Well-Intentioned Dragons
Warning for all of us!
Date:April 28, 2011
This book gives the reader pastors point of view. Being a spiritual leader is HARD. I think it shows us how many christians these days just suppose ." It's the pastors job to serve me" Instead we should think like: We as the body of Christ should serve each other. We should support and pray for each other, afterall : We are the body of Christ not the pastor. In addition the Church is not "Pastors church", It is Christs body and we all are part of it. If there's a problem, its OUR problem, not the pastors!
I think it would be intresting to read this book with Pagan Christianity written by Viola.
-> Pastors are humans: They have feelings, and in times they get exhausted.
I read this book when it was first published years ago, and have just finished reading it again. After twenty years of pastoral ministry, I find the conflict stories of well-intentioned dragons to ring true with my own experience. I can also see how the insights gained from reading this book the first time have helped me in dealing with many difficult church members I have encountered.Shelley's theme is found in one of his introductory remarks:"The rest of this book deals with various kinds of dragons, their tactics, and the ways to handle them. But from the beginning a premise stands clear: the goal in handling dragons is not to destroy them, not merely to disassociate, but to make them disciples. Even when that seems an unlikely prospect" (p. 34).This book is directed towards pastors, but contains helpful lessons for all church leaders. I can't think of a better, more insightful title on church conflict. This one is essential reading for everyone who even occasionally has to respond to conflict within a congregation.
If you have ever experienced hurt from a fellow Christian while involved in ministry of any kind then this book is for you. Marshall Shelley gives incrediable stories of battles among Christians, the roots of the rebellion, and how Christians have overcome problem people. If your involved in any ministry, I would encourage you to read and take to heart what Shelley presents. It will guard and protect you when you face trials with other believers.