How to Handle Criticism Constructively

How do you handle criticism?Dealing with criticism appropriately is a must-have skill for any or ministry .  Here is some practical in understanding and dealing with criticism.

Christian author , in the article, “Critics in Your Life,” suggests that some people “ask for it” by being poor organizers, agreement breakers, overly aggressive, social-norm violators, or too dependent upon the affirmation of others.

LaReau Thorwall wrote that pastors are criticized because they confront sin, serve as change agents, become easy targets for those with internal struggles, provide answers to life, and appear to be strong.

Although none of us wants to be criticized, here are five principles to remember:

  1. Expect to criticized.  Everyone receives criticism; no one is immune.
  2. Don’t ignore the pain of it.  Criticism hurts. Acknowledge the pain and let work in that area of your life.
  3. Learn from criticism which is valid.  When the criticism is accurate, admit it and seek growth in that area.
  4. Don’t be controlled by invalid criticism.  Your critics won’t be right 100 percent of the .  Be tough mentally so you can ignore criticism that is unwarrented.
  5. Weigh your critics, but don’t count them.  It is important that you don’t keep score, don’t get angry, irritated, or negative, and don’t react rashly.  Rather, recognize the criticism as an opportunity to serve those in the church by bringing them back to biblical patterns of thinking.

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About Dale Roach

Dale is the creator of "Like A Team." He has been working with businesses, charity organizations, volunteer groups and church groups in the development of teamwork for over 25 years. The goal of "Like A Team" is to help share the knowledge and skills of healthy team creators across the planet.
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