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How to Criticize the Leader—Your Boss, the Pastor, etc.—Successfully!

–“Joe, you’re not feeding the flock.” Pastoring six churches for 42 years, I’ve heard that criticism more than once. My response was always the same, “Help me understand what you’re saying.” On one occasion when the chairman of deacons said, “Joe, they’re saying you’re not preaching the Word.” I said, “Mike, I just finished preaching through Matthew’s Gospel. What do ‘they’ mean by that?” He said, “I don’t know.” I said, “Please go back and find out.” That was the last I heard of that.

A final note…

Don’t be constantly running to the boss or your pastor with criticism. Do that and you devalue the impact of your words, even if they are valid and helpful. No one wants a colleague or employee who is constantly telling them how to do their work better.

Do your work. Do it well. And pray for your leader.

This article originally appeared here.

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Joe McKeever has been a preacher for nearly 60 years, a pastor for 42 years, and a cartoonist/writer for Christian publications all his adult life. He lives in Ridgeland, Mississippi.