One of the more awkward, stressful and necessary part of being a full time minister is having to negotiate financial compensation. You need a certain amount of money to live, but you don’t want to come across as being all about the Benjamins. Your church likely wants to pay you enough so you can stay, but they don’t want to make waves by paying you too much. What is a surviving pastor to do? Join Aaron and Scott as they talk about bargaining for your bread and try to come with some advice that will help you survive the salary negotiation.
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Yeah right! Sometimes words do hurt, a lot. As a pastor part of our job is to be visible, to be vocal, to be available. But these aspects of the job also make us good targets. What should you do when someone says something about you that isn’t true, but is still potential very damaging to your ministry? Join Aaron and Scott as they talk about some of the hurtful things that have been said about them and try to come up with some advice that might help you survive the painful accusation.
How can you tell the difference between a test and a sign? Are the difficulties you’re currently facing meant to make you stronger, or convince you to walk a different path? Join Scott and Aaron as they talk about the difficult decisions we face in ministry and try to come up with a rule that can help you survive the crossroads!
Transfer growth. As a pastor it is great when it happens for you, not so great when it happens against you. How should we cope with this inevitable facet of church in North America? It’s going to happen, what will you do when it does? Join Aaron and Scott as they feel the pain of losing folks to the shiny church down the road and try to come up with advice that will help you survive transfer growth.
Everybody needs somebody sometime, but some people need somebody ALL the time. What do you do when you have needy people who need more than you could ever give? Join Aaron and Scott as they talk about the challenges of helping chronically needy people and try to come up with the one rule that will help you survive the needy person.
Everyone has them. Periods of time when you feel used up and worn out. Like you don’t have anything left to give. Like you’re dried up and worn out. Join Scott and Aaron as they talk about the inevitable low spots in ministry and try to come up with a rule that will help you survive the dry spell.
Keeping up with the latest trends in Christianity can feel like a full time job, especially when that trend comes with the expectation that you and your church ought to hop on board the trend wagon. How should you respond to expectations that change every time the wind blows? Join Aaron and Scott as the discuss the burden of being cutting edge and try to uncover the rule that will help you survive the latest trend.
Weddings are beautiful, joyful, and meaningful events. Wedding rehearsals, well, they are not often any of those things. Emotions are running high, people are tired, stressed, nervous, confused. And as a pastor YOU are the one in charge, the one people expect to bring order to the chaos. Join Aaron and Scott as they talk about the unique challenges of officiating such an important cere and try to come up with the rule that will help you survive the wedding rehearsal.
Christians love to be right. The only thing they like more than being right is winning an argument that proves how right they are – and how wrong someone else is! Our love of being right, penchant for arguing, and tendency to confuse preferences and convictions often combine to create the perfect storm of church disunity we lovingly call the “Worship Wars.” Listen as Scott and Aaron talk about the battles waged in the name of paying homage to God and try to uncover the rule that will help you survive the Worship War.
Lots of people have hobbies. Some people groom banzai trees, some crochet, others read. For some people, the apocalypse is their hobby. They love to talk about the who, what, and when of the end times, and are quite happy to share their conclusions with anyone who will listen. What happens when a passionate proponent of prophecy propaganda populates your parish? Join Scott and Aaron as they talk about how to deal with these unique individuals and try to uncover the rule that will help you survive the Prophecy Nut.