All Church Criticism is Not Equal… (and why you shouldn’t lose sleep over some criticism)
Church criticism. Oh… your church will face criticism. Sometimes often. And so will you (personally). On his blog, Seth Godin makes a prediction about this next year:
You’ll be criticized for work you shipped, even though it wasn’t made for the person who didn’t like it.(The work ‘you ship’ is any deliverable… your weekend service, a ministry program, etc.) Much of the criticism you receive this year will be from people that your work wasn’t made for. Much of the criticism you receive this year will be from people that your work wasn't made for.Click To Tweet Many of those that criticize your weekend service will not be those you are trying to reach with your service. Some of those that criticize a particular ministry will have no real interest in that ministry. Some of those that criticize a particular ministry will have no real interest in that ministry.Click To Tweet So don’t be surprised when your older folks don’t like the music. Or when Dan complains about the women’s ministry. Haters gonna hate. But if one of the very people you are hoping to reach on Sunday morning says that your music stinks… maybe you should pay close attention. Not all critics are created equal. Not all critics are created equal.Click To Tweet
Church criticism will happen. You just need to deal with it.You just need to differentiate between those that have some constructive criticism meant to make your work better; and those that have negative criticism only meant to take you down. Part of being a great church leader is being able to discern the difference. Thoughts? (Leave a comment below!) PS – a few more great predictions from the mind of Seth Godin:
- That thing that everyone was afraid of won’t come to pass.
- Some people will gain (temporary) power by ostracizing the other, amplifying our fears and racing to the bottom.
- Nothing will be as perfect as we imagined it. Many things will be better than that, though.
- Leaps will be taken.
- You will exceed expectations.