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Clergy Killers

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  45 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Though some conflict in the church may be normal, there are some types of conflict which are abnormal and abusive. Within some congregations there are personalities who seek to unsettle the relationship between minister and congregation. In this engaging and useful book, G. Lloyd Rediger offers strategies to prevent abuse, support clergy, and to build healthier ...more
Paperback, 210 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by Westminster John Knox Press (first published 1996)
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Nov 16, 2016 Michael rated it it was amazing
Wish I had read it before I experienced it.
Joshua D.
Oct 14, 2011 Joshua D. rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: pastors, church leaders, elders
Clergy Killers is a book about antagonists in the church intent on destroying pastors. The great strength of the book is in documenting the pervasiveness of the problem - with case studies and statistics detailing the abuse clergy receive at the hands of antagonistic members. (FYI: Rediger also has a chapter on Killer Clergy, who destroy their congregations).

I've seen just enough of this in the lives of pastors I know to understand this is a real danger. The long-term retention rate for pastors
Nov 24, 2013 Drew rated it really liked it
Rediger's book, despite the alarming title, is a classic in the field for a reason: no one more clearly names the ugly "clergy killer" phenomenon and offers useful strategies to for confronting it. Rediger - whose background is in counseling pastors - delineates between normal, abnormal, and spiritual conflict and gives tips for each situation. This in itself is worth the price of admission, because not every form of conflict responds to typical models that leaders are taught (if taught at all). ...more
Terry Morgan
Jul 02, 2012 Terry Morgan rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic book! I went through something very similar a few years ago. I was the head of a Faith Based Ministry, and was blind sided by some false accusations that eventually cost me my position. I read this book shortly after this happened to me. How I wish someone would have recommended it to me before this happened. There is a good chance it would have prevented my losing my position.

I highly recommend this book to anyone in ministry, whether in a paid or volunteer position.
Lori Schwilling
Nov 25, 2013 Lori Schwilling rated it liked it
Rediger raises awareness about a very difficult subject. Emotionally, this is hard to read. But it is helpful.
Michelle Bodle
Apr 18, 2015 Michelle Bodle rated it really liked it
For any pastor who has faced this phenomenon, this book offers great suggestions but above all the assurance that you are not alone
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Most of this is somewhat obvious to those who have served in ministry. It is however a good eye opener for those who haven't.
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