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.