An evangelical megachurch pastor has a few rules when dealing with critics on social media, or what he called “a modern calamity for pastors.”
While being on the receiving end of criticism is never easy, especially for pastors who are often targeted given their position, the age of social media has now given people “the opportunity … to immediately criticize and to immediately vocalize their discontent, their aggravation, and their anger toward pastors,” said Brady Boyd, senior pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs.
So how should pastors deal with social media?
One thing Boyd does is simply shut down social media during the days he’s preparing his sermon.
“There are certain times in my week where if I’m truly going to be filled up and full of the Spirit for Sunday when I preach, I have to shut down social media. I cannot pay attention to the comments section on my blog, I cannot pay attention to the mentions on Twitter and I cannot respond to emails,” he said.
Boyd also stays away from social media on Sundays and Mondays, lest he subject himself to seeing negative comments about the sermon he just delivered.
“Some of the regrets I have as a pastor is reading social media…
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