Taking some prompts from Boyd-MacMillan and blending them with my own thoughts, here are a few comments to prompt our thoughts on what to do when listeners aren’t satisfied:
6. Anonymous feedback is borderline useless. It’s too easy to blast away from the cover of anonymity. It is better not to dwell excessively on ecclesiastical mortar attacks. It is much better to seek out genuinely constructive feedback from trustworthy sources.
7. You don’t have to take the hassle. Remember that you have the freedom to pursue representing God and the gospel in another way, you’re not obliged to stay in the firing line as a preacher. If you choose to take it because He is worth it, great. If you feel the time has come to hang up your pulpit and serve in another way, go for it.
8. Strengthen yourself with the biblical giants. (I would add the great preachers of church history, but let me quote Boyd-MacMillan for this one…) “All of them dealt with carping criticism, misunderstanding and humiliation. Let the experience lead you to a deeper appreciation of what Jesus endured to bring the gospel to each of us. You might even end up thankful that you are not about to be crucified literally for your messages.” (p223)
Final installment tomorrow, I think.