Criticism comes with the job.
Used to be the criticism was what you heard second or third hand from people who heard something while getting their hair cut or as they drink their coffee. Now everyone has a platform and you are a Google Alert away from hearing the criticism first hand.
I’m sure you heard about this church in Oregon that is suing individuals for defamation over some unflattering internet posts. A bad review and a few blog posts leads to a lawsuit.
Horrible response. But I guarantee this isn’t the first time a pastor didn’t consider this.
The criticism is a constant.
How you respond is the variable.
Be honest. Be faithful to your calling. Lead don’t react.