If you have been in ministry for more than a year, you know that part of the job is dealing with criticism.
No matter what you do, someone is going to find something to complain about.
If you don’t learn how to effectively deal with criticism, you will have a hard time leading long-term.
When the criticism comes, here are 7 steps you can take. Use these 7 steps and you will handle criticism like a pro.
Step #1 – Listen.
You will be tempted to immediately jump in to defend yourself.
Listen carefully. Don’t roll your eyes. Don’t put a smirk on your face. As you listen, nod your head so the person knows you are engaged with what they are saying.
Step #2 – Look for the Truth.
There is usually some truth in what the person is saying. Be humble. Listen to understand. Listen to understand the truth.
Step #3 – Learn from the criticism.
Use the criticism to become a better leader. There is always something you can learn from the criticism.
Step #4 – Let the criticism be a stepping stone.
See the criticism as a gift that someone is giving you. A gift that you can learn from and use to improve as a leader.
Step #5 – Look to the Author and Finisher of your faith.
You are in this for Jesus. You have no one to please except Him. What He says about you is what matters.
Step #6 – Leave the criticism behind.
I know. It’s hard to let criticism go at times. You pour blood, sweat, and tears into your work. How could they criticize you?
You have to let it go. Hanging onto criticism opens the door for bitterness, anger, disappointment, and resentment to enter and stay in your life.
Forgive those who criticize you unjustly.
Step #7 – Lean into God’s will for your life.
Don’t let criticism stop you from fulfilling what God has commanded you to do. You will face opposition when you strive to fulfill God’s plans for your life. Don’t let the criticism become a giant boulder that stands in your way.
Jesus was criticized non-stop while He was here on earth. But He didn’t let it stop Him from completing the mission He was committed to.
You know what God wants you to do. Lean into it. Pursue it. Know that God is with you and that is all that matters.
Keep following God’s plan for your life…even when you are criticized for it.