Have you ever dealt with well-intentioned dragons? I would say everyone reading this has dealt with these kinds of people in the church. I would like to recommend a book that I believe will be a blessing to you as you continue to deal with all kinds of people in your church.
The book is Ministering to Problem People in Your Church by Marshall Shelley. The subtitle is “What to Do with Well-Intentioned Dragons.”
Here is the description of the book:
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.
I believe every person in ministry should have this book as a resource. I know one pastor’s wife told me recently she had read this book a few years ago, but just recently she was verbally attacked by a woman in their church and she went home and pulled this book out and reread it and it helped her work through the situation.
God never promised us ministry would be easy but He did promise us He would be with us every step of the way.
I pray this resource will be a blessing in your life.