Item description for Clergy Killers by G. Lloyd Rediger...
Overview In a startling survey by Leadership, it was discovered that 23 percent of Protestant clergy have been fired at least once, and, even more significantly, 41 percent of congregations have fired at least two pastors. Rediger offers conflict management tactics for these "abusive" congregations.
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 congregations.
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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date May 22, 2009
Publisher PRESBYTERIAN PUBLISHING #86
ISBN 0664257534 ISBN13 9780664257538
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More About G. Lloyd Rediger
G. Lloyd Rediger is a pastor, pastoral counselor, and consultant on spiritual leadership. He has written for several national religious publications and is the author of a number of books, including the best-selling "Clergy Killers: Guidance for Pastors and Congregations under Attack".
G. Lloyd Rediger currently resides in the state of New Mexico.
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In the Trenches Dec 27, 2006
Listing a number of across-the-board statistics, Dr. Rediger presents the problem of the "Clergy Killer," the person who is on a search & destroy mission for the pastor and all who might align themselves to him. In all my years of church work, I've only come across a single individual within the church who even began to manifest a small portion of the traits that are described in this book. May the Lord in His graciousness allow my naivety to continue. On the other hand, I have seen a number of such individuals outside of the church and in the working world. I can speak from experience that their targets are not confined to pastors, but are set on anyone who is perceived to be in authority.
A number of case studies are cited to support the generally stated mythos of the "clergy killer." This is not someone who is merely at odds or even openly antagonistic to pastoral authority, but one who is willing to go to any lengths, both immoral and unethical, to bring a pastor down. Though a minority, the book also dealt with clergy killers from among the pastorate.
The strengths of this book are seen in its documenting what seems to be a persistent problem within the church and in seeking for various strategies to overcome the "clergy killer." The theological stance of the author seems to be so broadly based as to apply these principles to any religion or any opposition in any walk of life. Interestingly, the book makes little or no mention of the various adversaries faced in the New Testament and the Biblical strategies provided to deal with them.
One of the best ways to defend a clergy killer is to avoid inadvertently manufacturing one in the first place. The author points out that members who are bored, floundering, under used and under recognized are potential candidates for being turned into clergy killers (Page 55).
"We get sick when we forget how to be well" (Page 183). The author utilizes this quote several times, indicating its importance to his overall theme. This is essentially a book about sick church members who seek to handle their sickness by attacking their perceived enemy - the clergy.
Excellent holistic treatment of a vital church issue Mar 15, 2006
Lloyd Rediger is a speaker and consultant on church dynamics and leadership issues; in "Clergy Killers," he addresses a shocking, yet growing phenomenon. Pastors and priests are being increasingly attacked by their own congregation members; this is more than mere differences of principled opinions, personality conflicts, or poor communication-rather the conflict involves persistent and deliberate attacks that stem from mental illness or a conscious choice on the part of a person to embrace evil. The results of these attacks are devastating: the pastor's overall health is strongly, adversely affected as is the health of the pastor's family, the health of the church leaders, their families, and the congregation itself. To further compound the issue, pastors are often neither trained nor prepared to confront abnormal conflict, most seminaries don't train in conflict management, and denominational leaders are neither equipped nor motivated to assist pastors under attack.
For this important problem, Rediger presents a number of helpful suggestion to avoid serious attacks. These include recognizing the existence of mental illness and evil (both in the world and in the church), the deliberate cultivation of relationships ("Relationships! Relationships! Relationships!"), a purposeful focus on health-physical, mental, and spiritual-for both the pastor and the congregation at large, and the identification of support systems.
Rediger is strong on the identification and analysis of the danger posed by "clergy killers." Weaker is his sections on solutions-not because they seem unworkable, but because they are not presented as clearly as they might have been and because the connections between proposed solution and the original problem tends to be ambiguous. Nevertheless, this reflects his holistic and systematic approach to issues (which is appreciated and tends to compliment Kenneth Haugk's "Antagonists in the Church" well). Other weaknesses in this otherwise excellent book include his well-intentioned treatment on worship/prayer (which tended to tear down traditional Western forms of worship in order to build up his favored Eastern forms) and the closing bibliography. Rediger cites a number of helpful books in the narrative yet the closing bibliography does not reflect these citations.
In all, these criticisms do not detract from the overall high quality of the book. As one formerly under attack by a clergy killer, the book is dead-right in many places and has helped to prepare me should similar issues arise in the future. It (along with Haugk's book) should be required reading for pastors and lay leaders.
A Reality Check for Churches Sep 13, 2002
This is one of the most insightful, and truth-telling books on the subject of church life and ministry that I have ever read! Dr. Rediger seeks to deal with a tragic,, but growing trend in our day, which is the tendecy of some powerbrokers in some churches to target, abuse, and fire pastor after pastor. I realize that some pastors have some real problems, but how is it that some churches mistreat pastor after pastor? Is it believeable that several pastors in a row could make the same mistakes in the same church? Perhaps we should ask ourselves what are the common denominators such as the unresolved personality disorders that exist in churches. It is time for congregations to wake up and realize what these "Clergy Killers" are doing not only to ministers and their families, but also to people in the church who befriend and support the minister, maybe even YOU. In addition, we need to ask what is this doing to the cause of the Risen Lord Jesus Christ? Is this what Jesus died to accomplish? I do not think so! Dr. Rediger has given us a wonderful analysis of the problem and how congregations must accept the responsibility which is theirs and STOP FOLLOWING CLERGY KILLERS! STOP ELECTING THEM TO LEADERSHIP POSITIONS AND STOP HINDERING THE WORK OF CHRIST. DO THINGS WHICH WILL LEAD THEM TO THERAPY WHERE THEY CAN EXAMINE WHAT THEY ARE DOING AND COME TO SEE BETTER, HEALTHIER WAYS OF LIVING AND RELATING! THE FUTURE OF THE CHURCH AND ITS MINISTERS DEPENDS IN LARGE PART ON HOW WE RESPOND TO THIS PROBLEM NOW AND NOT DECADES DOWN THE ROAD. LET'S NOT CREATE A SITUTATION THAT DRIVES MANY TALENTED AND GOD-CALLED PEOPLE OUT OF THE MINISTRY!THIS IS MUST READING FOR EVERY CHRISTIAN AND ESPECIALLY EVERY MINISTER OR ANYONE WHO CARES ABOUT MINISTERS!
Unsound logic Aug 2, 2002
Like Kenneth Haugkýs book, Antagonists in the Church, G. Lloyd Rediger promotes an approach to church conflict which will invariably result in individuals being unfairly labeled as ýclergy killersý or ýantagonistsý which then is used to justify limiting their involvement in church communities. Dr. Rediger defines levels of conflict based on the histories of those involved. He therefore labels as abnormal any conflict when one or more of the persons involved have a psychiatric history especially a history of being abused. This is not a useful or valid approach. If you follow his reasoning to its logical conclusion, he is advocating that 25% of women (the estimated rate of sexual abuse in this country) be excluded from church leadership positions because they were victimized as children. His line of reasoning results in his labeling a business tycoonýs abuse of power as ýnormal conflictý since there is no known history of prior emotional disturbance. He also advocates that any lay person making a complaint against a minister be investigated to determine their psychiatric history. The ethics of his approach are never considered. Rather than label conflict as normal or abnormal based on individual personal histories, a fairer and more ethical approach would be to examine specific behaviors and find effective ways to promote positive outcomes for the majority of individuals involved. It is possible to reach consensus even when individuals are being ýdifficult.ý Despite these serious limitations, Dr. Rediger does promote a healthier lifestyle for pastors and advocates that an effective grievance process be in place in all church communities.
First-hand knowledge of sexual abuse from a Pastor. Jun 14, 2000
...This book addresses such problems which is a tremendous help in preserving the sanity of the victims.