When a pastor hears the phrase “People are saying . . . “, it brings a great deal of anxiety. But should it? Today, we discuss the reasons for the anxiety and how to deal with it.
Some highlights from today’s episode include:
- We should address grievances directly with one another in the church—not through gossip.
- Critical views are typically held by only a few in a church, but their size often gets magnified when they are anonymous.
- Criticism is often magnified beyond its real scope.
- The negativity of one criticism often feels 10 times greater than the positivity of one compliment.
The six reasons we discuss are:
- It is an unbiblical cop out.
- It fails to address the critic directly.
- It is usually magnified beyond reality.
- It is very much like an anonymous letter.
- It causes dissent and disunity.
- It is a diversion from what really matters.
Resources mentioned in today’s podcast
- Church Answers
- One Sentence That Pastors and Church Staff Hate to Hear
- Seven Considerations for the Church Leader Who Receives an Anonymous Letter
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