Every pastor knows the unique challenges of facing critics in their church. The question is, how should they respond to criticism?
On this episode of the podcast we are joined by Nick Thompson, who is the pastor of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee and co-author with Joel Beeke of the book Pastors and Their Critics: A Guide to Coping with Criticism in the Ministry.
Listen in as we discuss how pastors can lovingly respond to critics, learn from constructive criticism, and withstand unjust criticism in the church.
On This Episode We’ll Discuss:
- The danger of pastors not being prepared for and not knowing how to respond to critics
- Places in Scripture we see leaders face criticism
- The role critics play in the sanctification of the pastor
- Practical ways that pastors and ministry leaders can respond well
- Why criticism isn’t always a bad thing
- How pastors can become resilient to criticism without hardening themselves against helpful feedback
- How we as believers can be encouragers of our pastors rather than discouragers
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About Our Guest
Nick Thompson is a graduate of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary and is pursuing ordination in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Together with Joel Beeke he’s written Pastors and their Critics: A Guide to Coping with Criticism in Ministry.
- Pick up a copy of Pastors and Their Critics
- Watch the session from Joel Beeke at the Shepherds Conference that led to the book
- A helpful podcast episode: Candor: The Secret for Tough Conversations
- CH Spurgeon – The Blind Eye and the Deaf Ear