LISTEN: Pastor Brady Boyd On How he Stays Away from the ‘Modern Calamity’ That is Social Media for Preachers

An evangelical megachurch pastor has a few rules when dealing with critics on social media, or what he called “a modern calamity for pastors.”

As leaders in the local church, we inevitably encounter criticism from within our congregations and from the outside world. In this week’s conversation, we talk about some ways of addressing this criticism in a Godly way, as well as some ways to protect ourselves from encountering criticism unnecessarily.

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Episode 014 – Avoiding Cynicism in Ministry – SHOW NOTES

There is an ounce of truth in every pound of criticism…I’ve learned over the years that if I keep hearing consistent criticism…there’s probably some truth in it…

The vocation we have chosen opens us up to a lot of criticism…pastors need to find a group of trusted friends [to help them discern the truth]…

Social media is a modern calamity for pastors…it gives people the ability to immediately criticize and vocalize their discontent…

One of the things I’ve learned is that there are certain times in my week when I need to shut down social media…pastors need to be disciplined to stay away from the vitriol of social media…

There’s a time to be a shepherd of the sheep…I do not respond to personal attacks out of the pulpit, but I will get up and defend the church…

Find the truth in every part of criticism, don’t immediately dismiss it; surround yourself with life-giving people; and honor the Sabbath, make sure you are completely filled up with the presence of Jesus when you get up to preach…

SOURCE: Essential Church