Aaron Stern

Aaron Stern
October 18, 2019 ARC Churches

Describe yourself in 3 words.
Diligent, Kind, Honest

How do you handle criticism?
Let’s be honest, no one really likes to be criticized or receive any sort of negative feedback. I think it’s so easy to avoid criticism and feedback that we can even create whole cultures around avoiding feedback. One of the things that I have tried to do is to welcome feedback and drive my whole team to welcome it as well. When I finish a sermon and I step off the stage, one of the first questions I ask my team is, “Do you have any feedback for me?” This puts me in a position of vulnerability, but it also forces my team to think critically about what they just heard from me. Like learning to ride a bike, this wasn’t easy at first, but now I welcome it. I can now ride the bike without training wheels. When someone has criticism or feedback for me, I don’t withdraw, but rather I engage it as an opportunity to learn and grow.

What superhero do you relate to the most and why?
Iron Man. We’re both Enneagram 3’s so we have a similar drive to achieve, compete, work hard, and excel. That being said, there’s this progression that happens in the movies for Iron Man’s character where he goes from being a narcissistic playboy to someone who becomes modest, moral, generous, and self-sacrificing. I hope to leave a legacy and be known for those final characteristics we see from Iron Man in the last Avengers movie.

Aaron Stern is the Lead Pastor of Mill City Church in Fort Collins, CO (ARC Church plant No. 255.) He has been a leader in the local church for more than 15 years. Before planting Mill City, Aaron was the pastor of a college ministry in Colorado Springs. He and his wife Jossie have a passion for Northern Colorado and want to see people experience life and hope found in Jesus.