There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.
Life calls us into action. Our actions will draw critique. Daniel Ek, co-founder of Spotify, is known for saying "We aim to make mistakes faster than anyone else." I believe his underlying point is that experimentation includes failure and accelerating the cycle will mean faster improvement as well.
I expect that we, as a church and as individuals, can learn from this. If fear of mistakes, or even failure, paralyzes us, that same paralysis prevents progress. This week I heard two different stories of cyclists setting out for a long ride and finding that they couldn't complete it. In cycling this is often known as "bonking," sometimes from lack of training or running out of fuel. The goal is not failure, but if we are not failing at something from time to time we are not reaching our full potential.
As we set out to be disciples, following where Christ leads us, we will certainly fall short of the expectation. We still need to leap into action. May we learn from the critique, may we learn from where we fall short, may we learn from our failures. May we fail faster, that we might find the fullness of the gifts God has given.