Pastors and Their Critics: A Guide to Coping With Criticism in the Ministry
:When it comes to criticism in church ministry, false optimism hopes that pastors will be above reproach and their congregants fully supportive-while false pessimism holds that criticism is inevitable, constant, and only ever destructive. The truth, of course, is much...
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:When it comes to criticism in church ministry, false optimism hopes that pastors will be above reproach and their congregants fully supportive-while false pessimism holds that criticism is inevitable, constant, and only ever destructive. The truth, of course, is much more nuanced. In this short, comprehensive, and necessary book, pastors Joel Beeke and Nicholas Thompson lay biblical foundations for coping with criticism, give practical principles for receiving criticism and responding appropriately, provide guidance for offering criticism and creating a healthy church culture, and unfold a theological vision for coping with criticism in the gospel ministry. With wisdom, charity, and illustrations from decades of pastoral experience, they turn to the example and comfort of Christ, strengthening, encouraging, and equipping the reader.
Brothers Nick & Dan Thompson, both storytellers, have taken a huge leap of faith to make their dream of having their stories published a reality. Growing up in rural Kentucky in a time when life was not always easy did not mean that they could not find the humor in it. This is evidenced in their books A Thompson Family History and Stories fer Rednecks. The success they have had from these ventures proves that it's never too late to realize your dreams.
Dr. Joel R. Beeke (Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary) is president and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, and a pastor of the Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has written or edited fifty books, and contributed hundreds of articles to Reformed books, journals, periodicals, and encyclopedias. He is frequently called upon to lecture at seminaries and to speak at Reformed conferences around the world.