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Responding to Criticism: Workshop, Bloomsbury

January 12, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

| £65

A workshop training day for people in church leadership

Thursday 12 January 2017, Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, London 9.30—4.30

Polishing Your Performance

There is a world of difference between constructive feedback and corrosive criticism.

Fair assessment, offered graciously, can help you to be a more effective leader. But harsh comments, perhaps comparing you unfavourably with your predecessor, may become a drip, drip, drip that just wears you down.

You may find yourself wondering why you are the target, and what can you do or say in response. How can you move out of a mood of anger or resignation? How can you avoid getting hooked into finger -pointing yourself?

This is both a spiritual exercise, requiring God’s help to grow in grace, and a practical challenge, looking to learn ways of listening and speaking that can earth the cycle of blame.

And even if you are not personally under fire, you may be aware of undercurrents in your church that tend to drag people down. How can you name what is happening below the surface, in a way that allows it to be addressed? Things to explore in a supportive atmosphere …..

A Practical Focus

The workshop is designed to equip you as a leader within your church. It is for anyone in leadership, but specially relevant to those in a position of overall oversight. The aim is to give you confidence, and hope.


Running from 9.30am to 4.30pm, the programme includes worship, presentation, personal reflection, group discussion and experiential exercises.

  • Practise some skills for handling difficult criticism.
  • Do a personal “attitude check”: what are you modelling?
  • Work on a case -study that you bring
  • Develop your own framework for maintaining perspective
  • Plan some strategies for changing a predominantly negative culture

Click on the following link to download full information about the day: workshop-responding-to-criticism-jan-2017


Colin Patterson is Assistant Director of Bridge Builders, and an Anglican priest. He has worked as a training officer for the Diocese of Durham, is an experienced adult educator, and is author of the Grove booklet How to Learn Through Conflict and a contributor to 101 Great Ideas for Growing Healthy Churches.


Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church is situated at the edge of Covent Garden, close to the junction of New Oxford Street and Shaftesbury Avenue. The nearest underground stations are Tottenham Court Road, Holborn and Covent Garden. The nearest car parking is on Bloomsbury Square, Museum Street and Great Russell Street. There are meters on the surrounding streets.


The cost of the workshop is £65 per person, payable in full at the time of booking. This includes training materials, refreshments and a simple buffet lunch.


Please add your ticket to the cart below. Cancellations before 2 January 2017 will receive a 50% refund. Thereafter no refund will be provided. Please see our terms and conditions.

If no more places are available and you would like to be added to a waiting list, please contact the office on 020 8883 3033 or email bb@bbministries.org.uk.

Please note: If a third party (eg. Diocese) is paying for your ticket, please book using your own name and contact details. Select direct bank transfer as the payment option and you will receive an order confirmation containing bank details. You can either pay directly, or forward the order confirmation to the third party for payment.

If you have previously attended a Bridge Builders course and experience any difficulty logging into our website, please contact the office on 020 8883 3033.


January 12, 2017
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church
235 Shaftesbury Avenue
London, WC2H 8EP United Kingdom
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