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 seven steps you can take. Use these seven steps and you will handle it 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 It
Use the criticism to become a better leader. There is always something you can learn from it.
Step #4: Let It 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 It 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 on to criticism opens the door for bitterness, anger, disappointment, and resentment to enter and stay in your life.