The word “critical” has several differing meanings. On the positive side, it can mean, “involving skillful judgment as to truth, merit, etc.” In this sense, all people should strive to be critical thinkers, critical theologians. However, it is the primary meaning or sense of critical that must be avoided: “inclined to find fault or to judge with severity, often too readily.” There is nothing virtuous about this
Once the church and the pastor resolve to be spiritually healthy and mutually supportive, the next questions are, what specific ways can this take place? Each of these could easily be its own post: but I list some quick ideas in addition to those listed in the first post below.