What the Hell is a Pastor?

Pastors Who Also Have Relationships

An episode of What the Hell is a Pastor?

By Jo Schonewolf
Two young pastors in small town ministry sit down each week to talk about the ups and downs of their jobs as they try to figure out what the hell it is they're supposed to be doing. Come for the behind-the-scenes look at ministry, stay for the theological asides.
More places to listen

More places to listen

Pastors Who Are Also Nerds
In this episode, Ethan and Jo discuss flirting with universal salvation, God's justice, and why hell is maybeprobablykinda a thing. You know, the things you expect pastors to talk about. 
October 14, 2019
Bats and Brains and BOOM, oh my!
After an extended introduction about what a day Ethan has had, Ethan and Jo talk about the pastor as caretaker while also discussing the challenges of maintaining some semblance of mental health while wrestling with the ordination process in a denomination that's struggling to understand itself. No bats were harmed in the recording of this episode. 
October 7, 2019
The Physical Plant- Blessing or Detriment?
Jo and Ethan sit down to talk about "improvements" to their doors and security system and investigate the importance of the church building to those who have worshipped there for decades. 
September 18, 2019
Pastors Who Also Have Relationships
This week, Jo and Ethan talk about the challenges of congregational ministry when it appears to conflict with important relationships in their lives. Don't worry, boundaries are discussed.  Ethan name-drops God, Sexuality, and the Self by Sarah Coakley. Check it out for a theological exploration of how our sexual relationships can inform our understanding of and interaction with God. 
August 15, 2019
A Short History of Pastoral Interactions
In this inaugural episode, Jo and Ethan talk about their weeks, about their typical and not-so-typical duties as pastors, and dig into the pastors they've had and how pastoral interactions in the past shaped their ministry today. 
August 8, 2019
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