Interview w/ The Slow Down Barber

Gino Curcuruto

Last Friday’s episode of The Slow Down podcast (episode 009) featured an interview with Table Network member and business owner, Aaron Rohrer. Aaron is husband to Lisa, father of three, and the owner of The Slow Down Barber Lounge. The Slow Down is not your typical barbershop. Aaron has created an environment for people to slow down and have conversations, whether they are getting a haircut, a shave, or just enjoying a beverage. He focuses on listening to people and is seeing a culture of slowing down intentionally form in his business. It is in this environment that relationships form and discipleship happens.

“Shortly after coming to faith, I was on the ‘performance track,’ said Aaron, 'Is there enough fruit?’ 'Have I done all I should?’ … I’m awesome at ‘spiritual navel gazing,’ if there was a medal for it, I’d get, probably gold. But I’ve come to find that the work is finished through Jesus.”

While Aaron was pursuing vocational ministry, he discovered he had a love for style and cutting hair. His hope in the finished work of Jesus led him to see value in creating space for people to be welcomed and listened to. For Aaron, grace not only change his view on Jesus, but sent him out of paid ministry and into the mission of God.

“One of the biggest changes I’ve seen [through finding freedom in Christ] is the freedom to not have to correct people … instead of just listening … listening has so much value.” And out of this freedom to listen, Aaron has seen a not only a business take off, but a community of grace begin to form in his business.

We discuss topics such as how grace affords us the freedom to listen to people without needing to correct everything, as well as how the gospel brings freedom to seek forgiveness. Aaron shares how these realities are shaping him, his family, and the work he is called to as a business owner.  I invite you to listen in as Aaron shares a bit of his journey. Hear how grace has changed everything for him and freed him up not just from seeking to earn God (and people's) approval, but to pursue his passions and disciple others as he goes.

This is a real story of someone looking to disciple people in the everyday as a missionary. Call Aaron bivocational, call him a missionary, or call him simply someone who desires to love and disciple people right where he is. You will be helped and inspired by his story. Listen in: