This is the landing page for a new series we are starting on the importance of criticism. As posts are updated the links will be listed here. As we go I’d love to have your feedback (criticism) on how this can be better.
A backhanded compliment in the form of an email or a Facebook post.
An anonymous note left on your desk for Monday morning.
A family that just quits coming.
In ministry criticism comes with the job. People are not going to like some things that you do and it is very easy to either ignore the criticism or to get cynical. In one you miss the opportunity to learn and in the other you do the same but are a jerk about it.
Here is the deal: You aren’t as good as you think you are.
You need to hear criticism from someone. You may be the type of person that enjoys getting feedback and criticism, but for the rest of us normal people it is hard to take. Particularly when the point of that criticism is not just something you have worked hard on but something that you feel you were made to do.
You need it. What hurts is when it is unexpected. The key is to get criticism/feedback on your terms.