By Thom Rainer
For years I assumed that criticisms of pastors and other church staff was just part of leadership. Indeed, no leader to my knowledge has ever been spared the verbal or written jabs of the critic.
So my advice has been for the leader simply to move on -- to focus more on the vast majority who are supportive of him than the relatively few not-so-well-intentioned dragons. Now I'm not so sure my former advice is sound. The level and frequency of criticisms toward pastors and other leaders has increased significantly in the past several years.
I call this resurgence in criticisms "the Great Distraction" because it often causes leaders to lose focus on leading their churches in the Great Commission. And though any rationale used to explain the increased negativity is subjective, my observations of working with churches for over 25 years lead me to a couple of conclusions.
Unitl next time...share the journey and enjoy the ride!