Pastor's And Their Critics
This is an important read for all church leaders - elders, deacons, preachers and teachers alike. Learning how to receive and benefit from criticism is an important skill to develop and one which is seldom addressed. Much needed and long overdue, Beeke and Thompson give some great practical leadership advise that will benefit all who lead within the church.
A Word From the Authors:
While being criticized is a common pastoral experience, it is, by and large, an unaddressed problem.
The majority of men being trained for gospel ministry are not being taught how to handle and respond to such verbal blows. And the consequences of this neglect are grave.
A lack of training can quickly lead to disillusionment regarding the ministry, and in far too many cases, even resignation. Being on the receiving end of criticism for any length of time can result in exasperation, insomnia, cynicism, burnout, and even despair.
We have written this book to address this largely unaddressed problem. Pastors and Their Critics is broken into four parts.
In part one, we lay the biblical foundations for coping with criticism. Broadly tracing the theme of verbal flak from Genesis to Revelation, we seek to ground our understanding of the criticism we face today in its proper biblical and redemptive-historical context.
In part two, we provide practical principles for coping with criticism in the ministry. This section comprises the bulk of the book, setting forth the biblical wisdom necessary to receive and respond to criticism in a God-honoring, Christlike way.
In part three, we offer practical principles for constructive criticism in the church, discussing how to give criticism as a pastor and how to foster a culture open to criticism in your local congregation.
We conclude in part four by setting forth a theological vision for coping with criticism in the gospel ministry, followed by an appendix addressing how to prepare while in seminary for the fires of criticism.
—Joel Beeke & Nick Thompson
- Publisher : P & R Publishing; Illustrated edition (September 16, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1629957526
- ISBN-13 : 978-1629957524
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.4 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches