Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Review: Ministering to Problem People in Your Church by:Marshall Shelley
About the Book:
The editor of "Leadership Journal" offers practical, time-tested strategies for ministering and communicating love to the often well-meaning (but difficult) people in your church.
About the Author:
Marshall Shelley is a vice president of Christianity Today International and 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. Marshall and his family live in Illinois.
We have all seen them or heard about them, those people in our church or other churches that basically reek havoc there. They basically create disorder or chaos and label it as being the Christian way or not how the Lord would address a certain issue or topic. The author labels these people as "dragons". The leave alot of damage in their path and alot of times do not even know that they do it. These well meaning individuals take their responsibility in the church and use it against others.
Marshall Shelley takes several different instances and tells us all about the issues and how to overcome them in a very loving, Christlike way. Some of the stories I read therein were shocking but very familiar and I felt myself just wanting to hug the ministers and congregation that these people represent. The author also goes on to show you how to identify these pragmatic people in your church.
The author's overall message is one of agape type love. We cannot choose who will be by our side in the family of God. We are going to have those family members that are going to rub us the wrong way and that's okay. We have to show them love and respect in spite of themselves because that is what God has required of us.
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Bethany House.