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Christian Woman Leadership Podcast

154 EpisodesProduced by Esther LittlefieldWebsite

It's time for you to embrace your God-given gifts, skills, and passions and lead with confidence. Host Esther Littlefield is a pastor's wife and business owner, and she is joined by co-host Holly Cain. They discuss issues related to leading as a Christian woman, and they also interview other women w… read more

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151: Values, Boundaries, and Leadership Lessons from Running a Virtual Assistant Business with Alyssa Avant

May 11th, 2021

41:40

Have you ever considered working from home with your own business? Or perhaps you’ve considered hiring someone to work virtually for your own …

150: The Power of Community & Connections in Business and Leadership

May 4th, 2021

58:24

Entrepreneurship can be lonely, and even more so in the past year during the COVID pandemic. But it is possible to create community and connection …

149: Meeting the Needs in Your Church Without Burning Out with Laura Howe

April 27th, 2021

42:10

Why is it vital for leaders to care for those they lead? How can churches develop effective care ministries that don’t burn out their leaders? 

In this episode, I talk with guest Laura Howe about the importance of care …

148: How to Thrive Rather than Survive in Motherhood, Life, & Leadership with Andra Erickson

April 20th, 2021

54:20

What does it look like to thrive instead of just survive as a mom of multiples, wife, and leader? And how can we discern the difference between shame …

147: Behind the Scenes with Esther & Holly

April 13th, 2021

1:18:20

Come behind the scenes with Holly and I as we go off-script and share a bit about how we met, what our lives look like, and answer some fun and …

146: Learning to Slow Down & Set Boundaries with Jenn Clauser

April 6th, 2021

51:43

Have you ever felt like it’s impossible to slow down as a leader? Do you feel constantly pulled in a thousand directions because of everyone who …

145: Learning to See Other Perspectives & Why It Matters as Leaders

March 30th, 2021

30:12

Do you ever feel like listening to another perspective means you have to agree with that perspective? Or do you sense you might be unfollowed or …

144: Christy Wright on Discerning Whether Your Dream is From God & Trusting God’s Faithfulness in All Seasons of Your Life [Part 2]

March 23rd, 2021

38:09

How do you know if your dream is from God or just your own idea? And what if your dreams and ambitions for the future don’t line up with the season …

143: Christy Wright on Developing Your Message, Self-Awareness vs. Selfishness, & Responding to Cancel Culture [Part 1]

March 16th, 2021

45:22

What is the most important aspect of developing your message as a leader? Is it possible to grow in self-awareness without becoming focused on self? …

142: Balancing Ambition with Surrender [Leadership Traits Series]

March 9th, 2021

50:17

As leaders ambition is often a trait we come by naturally. The world praises us for getting the job done or for creating jobs or for climbing the success ladder.  But is this what God calls us to? 

 

In this episode of …

141: From Rules to Relationship: How to Fall in Love with God’s Word with Brittany Ann

March 2nd, 2021

1:01:12

Do you ever struggle to get into God’s word? Do you find that your full schedule, your work and family commitments, and the distractions of life …

140: How to Focus When You are Multi-Passionate

February 23rd, 2021

35:14

Do you have multiple businesses or lots of business ideas? Are you struggling with figuring out how to focus when you are multi-passionate and enjoy …

139: Becoming a Trustworthy Leader by Developing Consistency [Leadership Traits Series]

February 16th, 2021

52:21

Do you want to be a leader who others can rely on? Would you like to be trustworthy and dependable? 

 

One of the best ways to become a trustworthy …

138: Overcoming Domestic Abuse in the Church with Charlene Quint

February 9th, 2021

1:02:27

The church is not immune to the problem of domestic abuse. But what can we do as women and as leaders to recognize and overcome it?

All of us have people in our lives who are experiencing abuse of some kind, whether we …

137: How to Give (and Receive) Encouragement as a Leader with Kari Bartkus

February 2nd, 2021

49:21

Encouragement is a powerful thing, and it’s not really an optional part of life and leadership as a Christian. Scripture shows us that we should be …

136: Where Can You Use Your Gifts and Make the Biggest Impact? [Plus a Personal Update]

January 26th, 2021

28:27

What does it really mean to embrace your gifts? Are we making it harder than it has to be?

 

The mission of this podcast is to help you embrace your gifts and lead with confidence. But do you know what it looks like to …

135: Developing a Solid Faith Foundation in our Children with LeeAnn Mancini

January 19th, 2021

33:45

The statistics show that a lot of kids leave the Christian faith when they become teens and young adults. Is there anything that adults can do to …

134: Four Keys to Becoming a Better Communicator [Leadership Traits Series]

January 12th, 2021

51:04

Good leaders are good communicators. But how can you become a better communicator, and is there one aspect of communication that is vitally important?

As leaders, we can always be learning and growing, and while there …

133: Values, Character, and Leading as a Woman in a Male-Dominated Industry with Tammy Birklid

January 5th, 2021

53:19

Have you ever struggled to navigate the workplace or even the church as a female in a male-dominated environment?

In this episode, Holly and I chat …

132: Celebrating Wins & Learning From Failures: Processing Your Goals, Dreams & Plans [Reflection Series]

December 29th, 2020

51:33

What do we do with the goals and plans that did not come to fruition as we had hoped? And how can we learn from this year as we prepare for the …

131: Dealing with Loss, Division, and Criticism as Leaders: Processing Your Relationships [Reflection Series]

December 22nd, 2020

52:31

This year has brought a great deal of grief and loss, both individually and collectively as a nation and world. In addition, leaders have seen more …

130: What To Do When Things Don’t Go as Planned: Processing Your Circumstances [Reflection Series]

December 15th, 2020

43:26

How do you handle it when things don’t go as planned? What about when a whole year doesn’t go as planned?

As we wrap up 2020 here on the podcast, …

129: How to Experience Peace this Christmas Season

December 8th, 2020

29:20

It’s the Christmas season, which means you should be celebrating and experiencing love, joy, and peace, right? But what if you don’t feel peaceful? …

128: Processing 2020 - Radical Acceptance, Dealing with Grief & Criticism, and Finding the Joy with Sandy Flewelling

December 1st, 2020

57:59

Is your heart tired and worn out from all that 2020 has brought us? Perhaps you’re not interested in processing or reflecting on the year, and you can’t wait for 2021 to show up.

Although 2020 has felt challenging on …

127: Sharing Your Message with a Podcast - 9 Benefits I've Experienced

November 24th, 2020

29:22

Have you ever considered starting a podcast, but you’re not sure if it would be worth it? There are 9 key benefits that I’ve experienced from …

126: Thriving in Work and Life and How to Transition From Employee to Entrepreneurship with Dr. Ronke Dosunmu

November 17th, 2020

41:09

How can you thrive in your work and your personal life when you have a demanding career? And how can you transition from employee to entrepreneurship …

125: How to Start Sharing Your Message

November 10th, 2020

28:52

Most leaders have some kind of message they want to share with the world…. Something God had put on your heart, taught you, or just something you have learned and want to pass on.

 

The problem is, many of us don’t know …

124: Learning to Trust and Finding Your Gifts in Different Seasons of Leadership with Misty Phillip

November 3rd, 2020

52:51

How do you trust God during devastating losses and seasons of challenge and uncertainty? And how do you uncover and begin using the experiences and gifts God has given you?

 

Almost no one’s leadership journey is a …

123: Breaking Free from Lies and Finding Freedom from an Eating Disorder with Britney Thompson

October 27th, 2020

53:11

Have you ever found yourself trapped in an unhealthy pattern or addiction, but you’re not sure how to break free? The answer often involves breaking …

122: Flipping the Leadership Script by Serving [Leadership Traits Series]

October 20th, 2020

50:19

What does it look like to be an effective leader? As Christians, we want to follow the example of our leader Jesus Christ. So what did his leadership …

121: Shrinking Integrity Gaps, Finding Your Safe People, & Speaking Up When It’s Risky

October 13th, 2020

1:10:42

The difference between who we say we are and how we actually live impacts not just us personally, but also everyone we lead. But how can we learn to …

120: Vulnerability in Leadership - Why It Matters, What it Looks Like, and How to Practice It [Leadership Traits Series]

October 6th, 2020

44:09

Vulnerability isn’t just a “nice to have” trait for leaders; it is essential to being an effective Christian leader. But why does it matter and how …

119: How to Thrive While Leading and Parenting Teens with Connie Albers

September 29th, 2020

59:26

Are you a parent, grandparent, mentor, or leader of teens? Or do you want to gain leadership insights from parenting teenagers? 

In this …

118: Real Life Stories of Stepping into Confident Leadership

September 22nd, 2020

23:22

Have you heard podcast guests who are living out leadership and thought, “Yeah, but I couldn’t do that”? Or perhaps you’ve thought about joining the …

117: Discerning the Voice of God and Making Spirit-Led Decisions with Jenny Randle

September 15th, 2020

57:11

Have you ever struggled to discern the voice of God amidst all the other voices, including your own? Do you have trouble making decisions and feeling confident that they are in line with God’s will?

 

As leaders, …

116: Three Traits Every Christian Leader Needs

September 8th, 2020

23:45

What do you need to be an effective and confident leader? What traits will set you apart and help you lead well?

 

In this solo episode, I want to …

115: Overcoming Guilt & Shame and Becoming a Confident Leader with Chelsey DeMatteis

September 1st, 2020

59:48

Have you ever felt like your past disqualifies you from stepping into a leadership role? Do you ever appear confident to others but truly struggle …

114: Finding the Right Ministry Role as a Strong Female Leader with Gena McCown

August 25th, 2020

1:01:26

Have you ever struggled to find the right ministry role for yourself--a place where you can use your gifts and skills to benefit God’s kingdom?

 

In …

113: Why "Leading Small" Matters & How to Do it Well

August 18th, 2020

1:01:26

Our culture and our world sets us up to believe that the value of what you do in life is related to the size of what you do. Therefore, leadership …

112: How to Share Your Convictions as a Christian Leader (without promoting legalism)

August 11th, 2020

26:23

Christian leaders are often passionate about what they believe. But they do not always share their personal convictions in ways that are healthy or productive.

There is real danger when Christian leaders use their …

111: Encountering Trafficking, Learning to Trust, & Choosing Truth with Amanda Florczykowksi

August 4th, 2020

1:00:28

How do you trust God when your entire world is turned upside down? And how do you cling to truth when you’re the target of criticism and doubt?

Amanda Florczykowksi joins me for this episode to share her story of a …

110: How to Take Your Next Steps Into God's Calling [Summer Throwback Series]

July 28th, 2020

26:08

Do you have a dream or an idea about something God is calling you to do, but you’re not sure how to step out into the unknown? 

Often we sense God calling us to something new, something different… but we are afraid to …

109: Celebrating 2 Years & Answering Your Questions

July 21st, 2020

1:02:55

What are some of the best and most unexpected things to come out of 2 years of the Christian Woman Leadership Podcast?

 

In this episode, Holly and I …

108: What to Do When You Meet Resistance, Criticism, or Challenges as a Female Leader [Summer Throwback Series]

July 14th, 2020

36:20

How do you respond when you meet resistance to using your gifts as a female Christian leader? What about when you face criticism and challenges to what God has called you to do?

 

All of us will experience resistance, …

107: Embracing Your Gifts [Summer Throwback Series]

July 7th, 2020

26:20

Do you ever struggle to identify, embrace, or use your gifts with confidence? You’re not alone, and this episode will help you reframe your thoughts about embracing your gifts.

As Christian women leaders, it’s important …

106: Small Steps to Take When You Feel Content Overload

June 30th, 2020

26:38

Lately it seems that there is content and information coming at us from every direction. And all of the information, content, and input leads may lead us to feeling pressured or even paralyzed about what to do next.

In …

105: Finding Hope and Healing After Ministry Hurt with Kristen Joy

June 23rd, 2020

1:08:35

Have you ever found yourself reeling from unexpected hurt and pain in your leadership and ministry? As Christian leaders, how can we find hope and healing when the unmet expectations and personal devastation goes beyond …

104: How To Determine Your Individual Response To Collective Crises

June 16th, 2020

59:28

Are you struggling to determine how to respond to the collective crises we are facing in our country, the world,  and in the church? There is a lot …

103: The Reality of Racism & What the Church (and You) Can Do with Dr. Shannon Polk

June 9th, 2020

1:17:35

In the past few weeks, our country has been reminded of the reality of racism. As Christian leaders, how should we as the church be responding? And …

102: How to Avoid Burnout and Experience True Rest with Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith

June 2nd, 2020

57:10

Do you struggle to feel rested as a leader? Are you feeling mentally and physically drained, and you’re not sure why? It may be that you are not experiencing the type of rest you need.

 

In this episode, I’m talking …

101: Understanding Autism & Proactive Mental Health for Christian Leaders with Dr. Stephanie Holmes [Mental Health Series]

May 26th, 2020

1:02:05

There is often confusion between developmental disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder, and mental health disorders, such as depression or …

100: Celebrating 100 Episodes with Our Listeners

May 19th, 2020

48:58

We are thrilled to be celebrating 100 episodes and even more excited to include several of our listeners in this episode!

In this conversation, Holly …

Owning Your Voice as a Leader and Sharing Your Message through Writing with Emily P. Freeman [Bonus]

May 14th, 2020

31:53

Every leader has a message to share, but we’re not always sure the world wants to hear it. How can you move past the fear and start sharing that message?

In this special bonus episode of the podcast, I’m chatting with …

99: Recovering from Trauma, Why Leaders Need to Heal and How We Can Get (and Offer) Support for Mental Health with Dr. Barbara Lowe [Mental Health Series]

May 12th, 2020

59:43

Christian leaders need to take care of their mental health along with their spiritual health. But many times, leaders are hesitant to reach out to get healing from past trauma or speak up about mental health concerns. …

98: Coping with Anxiety as a Christian Leader with Holly Cain [Mental Health Series]

May 5th, 2020

1:04:56

How can you lead effectively when you struggle with anxiety? And how can you support those you lead who face this mental health challenge?

In this …

97: Intentional Discipleship and Mentoring Within Women’s Ministry with Cyndee Ownbey [Discipleship Series]

April 28th, 2020

49:55

Why does women’s ministry matter, and how can it play a role in discipling women within the church? And what are some of the challenges leaders face …

96: Deconstruction, Apologetics, and Discipleship with Alisa Childers [Discipleship Series]

April 21st, 2020

1:05:15

Every day, we’re hearing more and more stories of deconstruction and people publicly leaving the Christian faith. How can we navigate this issue as Christian leaders, and what are some keys to support people who are …

95: Why People are Leaving the Church and How Discipleship Plays a Role in Keeping Them with Madge Obaseki [Discipleship Series]

April 14th, 2020

1:00:51

We hear the term discipleship a lot in Christian circles, but do we really understand what it means and why it’s important? And is it possible that …

94: Why We Need Both Discipleship and Leadership Development [Discipleship Series]

April 7th, 2020

1:10:20

What exactly is discipleship, and why is it important to discuss on a leadership podcast? How can churches include discipleship in their structure, and what impact does this have on leadership development?

 

As …

93: Five Obstacles to Pursuing Your Purpose

March 31st, 2020

34:08

Are there obstacles that are holding you back from pursuing your purpose or the calling or dream you have sensed God has placed on your heart? The …

92: Sharing the Gospel Boldly in Your Business and Work with Shar Biggers [Business Series]

March 24th, 2020

51:45

How can you share about your faith boldly with prospective clients, co-workers, and even strangers? And what is the key to making decisions in …

91: Six Mistakes To Avoid In Your Business and Leadership

March 17th, 2020

52:02

Every Christian business owner and leader makes mistakes--it’s inevitable and part of the learning process. But there are some mistakes that you can …

90: Doing Business Differently and Building a Company with Purpose and Prayer with Valerie Woerner [Business Series]

March 10th, 2020

51:50

What does it look like to do things differently as a Christian business owner? And how can you make decisions in your business and life that are both …

89: Three Foundational Elements You Need to Grow Your Business Online [Business Series]

March 3rd, 2020

42:44

Are you a business owner or content creator who wants to expand your audience online? Don’t believe the lie that there is a magical formula or a …

88: Simplifying by Asking One Key Question with Kelsy Schmidt [Simplify Series]

February 25th, 2020

55:05

Maybe you’ve considered simplifying your life, but you’re just not sure where to start. It might be as easy as asking one key question. But the journey isn’t always a straight path. 

In this episode of our Simplify …

87: Simple Self-Care for Christian Leaders [Simplify Series]

February 18th, 2020

29:16

Is it okay for Christians to focus on self-care? And if so, how can Christian leaders simplify their self-care to make it practical and doable?

 

Self-care often gets a bad rap in Christian circles, but I believe it’s …

86: When Unexpected Life Circumstances Force You to Simplify with Elissa Joy Watts [Simplify Series]

February 11th, 2020

1:06:40

Sometimes simplifying your life happens by choice; other times, life circumstances force you to find a new way of living. And it’s when you let go of …

85: Simplify with Strategy - How to Create a Strategic Plan for your Ministry or Business [Simplify Series]

February 4th, 2020

59:03

Often as ministry leaders, business owners, or in our regular work or home life, we have big goals. We can see the vision of where we want to go. But …

84: How to Multiply Your Impact & Face Fear with Tembi Secrist: A Leader’s Journey Around the World Part 2

January 28th, 2020

44:12

How can you multiply your impact far beyond what you could imagine? And how do you overcome fear when what God is asking you to do seems impossible?

83: When God Shifts Your Path Into the Unknown with Tembi Secrist - A Leader’s Journey Around the World Part 1

January 21st, 2020

42:53

Tembi Secrist always thought she would be a missionary in an impoverished country. But instead, God took her into a career in government where she …

82: Three Shifts You Need to Make as a Christian Leader and How to Make Them

January 14th, 2020

45:46

Sometimes the smallest shift can make a world of difference. And as a leader, there are times when you need to make a shift in your life or …

81: Dealing with Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, and Mental Health as a Christian Leader with Laura Howe

January 7th, 2020

57:02

How does mental health relate to Christian leadership? How can we recognize the signs of burnout or compassion fatigue, and what can we do to avoid …

80: How to Avoid the Trap of Niceness and Speak Boldly with Sharon Hodde Miller [Communication Series]

December 31st, 2019

1:04:45

Being the "nice Christian girl" has benefits, and it can lead to positive outcomes many times. But what if being nice is the wrong goal for us as …

79: Our 2019 Reflections & Lessons Learned

December 24th, 2019

1:05:33

As this year and this decade comes to a close, Holly and I are sharing our reflections on 2019… lessons learned, what worked, what didn’t work, and …

78: The Power of Empathy and Curiosity in Communication with Kathleen Peters [Communication Series]

December 17th, 2019

1:04:40

In an age where we often label and stigmatize, how can we communicate with empathy? What are the benefits of knowing people who don’t think, feel, and believe as you do? And how can curiosity help you when you disagree …

Bonus: Are You Avoiding a Hard Conversation? Introducing Confident Conversations

December 13th, 2019

7:50

Is there a conversation you're avoiding because you're not sure what to say?

 

Or maybe there are times when you're not really sure if the hard conversation needs to take place... maybe it's better to just move on and …

77: How to Use Social Media to Effectively Communicate as a Christian Leader [Communication Series]

December 10th, 2019

1:02:32

Social media is one of the most popular ways we communicate in our society today. We use it to communicate with friends and family. Churches use it …

76: Three Reasons Why Leaders Need to Have Hard Conversations [Communication Series]

December 3rd, 2019

32:14

You’ve heard it said that leaders need to be able to have hard conversations. But maybe you’ve wondered ‘why’? Why is this an essential skill for a leader to develop? 

In this episode of the Communication Series, I’m …

75: Saying Hard Things, Asking Tough Questions & Showing Hospitality with Angela Sackett

November 26th, 2019

59:09

Saying hard things is an essential part of leadership, but we don’t always do so with grace. How can we learn to season what we say in person and online? And how can we develop an attitude of hospitality and welcoming …

74: What to Do When You Face Hard Situations in Leadership [Communication Series]

November 19th, 2019

45:54

There are a lot of hard situations we face as leaders. How we respond and communicate in these situations plays a significant role in the outcome, …

73: How to Win Others Over and Communicate Positively in the Workplace with Natalie Gingrich [Communication Series]

November 12th, 2019

1:09:37

As you lead your team, how can you communicate positively? What are the keys to healthy communication? And how can you win others over in a genuine …

72: The Importance of Effective Communication in Leadership [Communication Series]

November 5th, 2019

55:26

Communication is one of the most important aspects of leadership. We get it wrong a lot. But we can get better; it’s possible to learn to communicate more effectively. 

 

In today’s conversation, we’re going to talk …

71: Losing Success, Rediscovering Faith, and Gaining Clarity Around Your Calling with Stefanie Gass

October 29th, 2019

43:12

How do you get clarity on your purpose? What if you feel stuck? How do you handle the fear that comes with stepping out of your comfort zone? What do you do when everything you’ve built your identity around starts to …

70: What to do When You Feel Surprised by or Unqualified for Leadership

October 22nd, 2019

31:41

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you are suddenly being placed in a leadership role that you didn’t expect? Or maybe you’ve …

69: Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone and Holding on to Confidence with Rachel Pellegrino

October 15th, 2019

58:05

Have you ever felt God calling you into a new career, but you’ve been afraid to step out of your comfort zone? And how do you hold onto confidence …

68: What You Need to Know About Becoming a Confident Leader

October 8th, 2019

28:25

You know that confidence is important for you as a Christian woman leader, but how do you become a confident leader? What do you need to know in order to get started?

In today’s conversation, I’m sharing with you what I …

67: The 5 Reasons Confidence Makes You a More Effective Leader

October 1st, 2019

24:40

Do you want to be the most effective leader possible and make a lasting impact on the world around you? If so, confidence is the key.

Over the next few weeks and months, we’re going to dive into confidence along with …

66: From Reluctant Leader to Founder of a Thriving Community with Lori Wilhite [Friendship Series]

September 24th, 2019

59:48

If you’ve been reluctant to embrace your identity as a leader, how can you start accepting it? What’s the best thing to do when you’re lonely in leadership? And what are the two types of friendship you need in your …

65: Dealing with Isolation in Ministry and Leadership with Noelle Rhodes [Friendship Series]

September 17th, 2019

1:01:20

As a leader, you may deal with isolation in ministry. What causes that isolation, and what do you do when you feel like you have nowhere to turn? And …

64: The Power of Community Through Devastating Seasons with Brandi Wilson [Friendship Series]

September 10th, 2019

59:54

As a woman in ministry leadership, life can sometimes feel lonely. But community is essential and can help carry you through unexpected and …

63: Loneliness in Leadership & the Messiness of Friendship [Friendship Series]

September 3rd, 2019

58:21

Friendship is not a luxury, it’s a necessity. But how do you navigate the messiness of friendship? And how do you overcome the challenge of loneliness as a leader?

 

We’ve talked before about building healthy …

62: How to Develop Discernment and Transform Your Faith with Tabitha Bigbee [Faith Series]

August 27th, 2019

1:04:41

How can you develop discernment and use it in various areas of your life? And what habits can help you transform your faith? What are some practical ways you can get started developing a daily Bible habit?

 

As …

61: How to Stand Firm in the Face of Christian Criticism [Faith Series]

August 20th, 2019

1:01:48

Have you ever experienced criticism from fellow Christians? How do you stand firm when you’re under fire from people you thought were supposed to support you?

 

In the next episode of our Faith Series, we’re diving into …

60: Glass Ceilings, Sticky Floors, and How to Be Effective as Women in Leadership with Kadi Cole [Faith Series]

August 13th, 2019

1:15:43

How can the church develop female leaders? How can male pastors support women in ministry? What are the main challenges women leaders face in …

59: The Importance of Apologetics in Leadership & Dealing with Doubt with Hillary Morgan Ferrer [Faith Series]

August 6th, 2019

1:04:42

What is apologetics? Why is it  important? And what in the world does apologetics have to do with leadership?

 

In the second episode of our Faith …

58: Three Reasons You Need a Solid Faith Foundation as a Leader [Faith Series]

July 30th, 2019

56:44

Why is it important for you as a leader to know what you believe and why you believe it? What are some of the reasons that you need to have a solid …

57: One Year Anniversary - Top 5 Episodes & Our Favorite Conversations

July 23rd, 2019

1:06:01

It’s hard to believe, but The Christian Woman Leadership Podcast celebrates its one year anniversary this month! Whether you’re new to the podcast or have listened since Episode 1, you’ll love this recap of the top five …

56: Walking through Unexpected Pain and Growing a Virtual Business with Esther Inman

July 16th, 2019

44:51

What do you do when you feel like your entire life is crumbling around you? How do you grow a business when life is hard? And how can you lead with confidence?

Entrepreneur Esther Inman and I talk through what it looks …

55: Twelve Lessons We’ve Learned in our First Year of Podcasting

July 9th, 2019

56:10

What do 2 friends who start a podcast together learn in their first year? And how might these lessons help you move forward in your leadership?

When …

54: Stepping into a New Career & Lifestyle with Jocelyn Sams

July 2nd, 2019

39:49

What is it like to walk away from what you know to venture out in unknown territory? How do you step away from something secure to pursue the lifestyle that works best for your family? What are practical ways you can …

53: Three Principles to Build a Lifestyle of Learning [Wellness Series]

June 25th, 2019

53:22

You listen to this podcast because you have a desire to grow and learn. But WHY do you want to learn? And what does it mean to create a “lifestyle of …

52: What to Do When You Want to Quit [Wellness Series]

June 18th, 2019

1:00:49

Let’s face it. Sometimes you can be doing all the right things when it comes to staying healthy as a leader, and you still have days you want to quit. Wanting to quit is a temptation every leader faces, but what do you …

51: Trusting God through Transitions and Building Confidence in Your Calling with Patrice Washington [Wellness Series]

June 11th, 2019

1:07:50

What do you do when you feel like God is asking you to pivot in your life or business? How do you build confidence when you feel like your lacking in an area? And how can you redefine the concept of wealth in your life?

50: Staying Healthy as a Leader Part 2: Personal & Relational Wellness [Wellness Series]

June 4th, 2019

46:16

What do we mean when we say “personal and relational wellness,” and why are they important for you as a leader? And how can you develop habits and routines that will help you stay healthy personally and in your …

49: Dealing with Stress and Developing Healthy Habits with Marnie Swedberg [Wellness Series]

May 28th, 2019

52:39

What is the #1 way you can reduce stress in your leadership life right now? What’s important to remember about how you’re wired as you fulfill basic …

48: Staying Healthy As a Leader Part 1: Spiritual & Physical Wellness [Wellness Series]

May 21st, 2019

53:57

Why do Christian women leaders need to practice wellness? And what exactly is wellness anyway? How can you practice wellness spiritual and physical …

47: Moving from Shame to Freedom & Pursuing God-Shaped Dreams with Merritt Onsa

May 14th, 2019

1:03:23

Have you ever felt trapped in shame and bondage due to your past? How do you move from that place to freedom and embracing your identity in Christ? And how can you begin discovering and pursuing the dreams God has …

46: How Can We Stay Relevant in Our Ministry (and should we)?

May 7th, 2019

1:03:43

What does staying relevant in ministry look like? And is it something we should strive for as Christians? Are we at risk for compromising the gospel …

45: Developing Confidence in Your Gifts & Managing Multiple Roles with Breshana Miller

April 30th, 2019

58:09

What do you do when you’re unsure of your God-given gifts? How do you figure out your purpose? And what questions should you ask when you’re feeling …

44: The Day My Life Changed Forever

April 23rd, 2019

34:19

Have you ever felt forsaken or forgotten by God? What do you do when tragedy hits, and life changes forever?

In this episode, I am sharing the story of the day my life changed forever. Today marks 25 years since that …

43: Creativity, Calling, and Changing Culture with Jenny Randle

April 16th, 2019

54:28

What role does creativity play in leadership? What should you do when you feel discouraged in your creative work? And can your business also be your …

42: Leading in Women’s Ministry, Doing What You Love, and Building a Team with Sandy Flewelling and Holly Cain

April 9th, 2019

1:06:31

How can we lead most effectively in a ministry role? Why is it important to do what you love and embrace your gifting instead of trying to do it all? …

41: Behind-the-Scenes Leadership, Volunteering, & Moving Forward Together with Christa Hutchins

April 2nd, 2019

42:42

How do you lead well from behind-the-scenes? Are there specific strategies that help you engage and care for your volunteers? And how can the …

40: Five Key Principles for the Christian Business Owner

March 26th, 2019

52:47

What sets Christian business owners apart from the rest? Should we follow the standard business advice out there, or should we be doing things …

39: Why We Need to Get Honest About Sin and Embrace Accountability in Leadership with Beth Nyhart

March 19th, 2019

55:39

How can we deal with unchecked sin in the church? And how do we ensure that we have safe people to confess to and receive accountability from? What happens when leaders do not create this structure in their lives?

In …

38: From Social Worker to Business Owner--My Entrepreneurial Journey

March 12th, 2019

46:36

How does a social worker with no formal business training end up owning and running a business that supports her family? And what are some of the challenges and the benefits along this journey?

You’ve heard from other …

37: Leading a Large Team & Giving Thanks Amidst Pain with Kate Ahl

March 5th, 2019

52:52

Have you ever wondered how to remain grateful even when experiencing unexpected losses or hardships in your life? Would you like to learn how to lead …

36: Ditching Balance for Surrender - How to Reduce Overwhelm as a Leader

February 26th, 2019

52:55

We hear so much about achieving balance in our life as women and leaders yet is this what we should really be after? What would it look like if we …

35: Healing from Ministry Hurts and Weaving Your Faith into Your Business with Melissa Whaley

February 19th, 2019

45:08

Have you ever been hurt through your time in ministry? Do you wonder how to weave faith into the day-to-day operations of your business? What role …

34: Is Balance Possible? Managing Our Responsibilities as Leaders

February 12th, 2019

43:43

What exactly is balance, and is it possible for us to achieve as women leaders? How do we practically manage all the roles and responsibilities we …

33: My Favorite Tools for Goal Setting, Planning, and Creating Habits

February 5th, 2019

28:13

Goal setting, planning, and creating habits is not just a once a year activity. While we tend to focus on it at the start of a new year, it’s important to continue the process throughout the year. In this episode, I’m …

32: Living Beyond Your Fear, Letting Go, and Decluttering with Sarah Humes

January 29th, 2019

42:49

You’re a leader who wants to see people work together toward common goals yet there’s something holding you back. That “something” may be fear. Maybe …

31: The Key to Accomplishing Your Goals

January 22nd, 2019

55:19

You’ve set your goals. You’ve cast a dream and vision. You even know how your personality impacts the goals you set. But how do you actually go about implementing all you’ve planned? Oftentimes, we’re great at dreaming, …

30: How Your Personality Impacts How You Set and Accomplish Goals

January 15th, 2019

1:02:02

Have you ever wondered why you set goals differently from others around you? Why is it that some leaders naturally set specific and measurable goals while others seem more relaxed and don’t set goals at all?  How you …

29: Special Invitation to Goals Workshop {Bonus}

January 10th, 2019

1:59

Are you ready to take action and implement some of what we've been talking about in our goal setting series?

I know that as a leader, you don't want to just set goals--you want to actually accomplish them. And you want …

28: Three Practical Approaches to Goal Setting

January 8th, 2019

46:23

You’re ready to start setting goals. But where do you even begin? Perhaps the goal setting approaches you’ve used in the past haven’t worked. Or maybe you’re ready to create an action plan you’ll actually stick to. If …

27: Keeping God at the Center of Your Leadership, Life, and Business with SJ Meeson

January 1st, 2019

51:48

What would it look like to keep God at the center of your leadership, life, and business? How does this practically happen in your real life? Is it …

26: The Importance of Dreaming and Creating a Vision for the Future

December 25th, 2018

45:38

As a leader, you want to move the mission forward and do what God has put on your heart to do. So why is dreaming important and why do you need a …

25: How to Grow and Reach Your Goals by Doing Less with Barbara Carneiro

December 18th, 2018

48:11

This time of year you hear a lot about goals - how to set them, meet them, and measure them. But what if there were a better way to grow in your leadership and business by doing less, not by adding more and more goals? …

24: What You Should Do Before the New Year Begins

December 11th, 2018

43:14

What is the one thing you should do before the new year begins? And how will this one thing help you as you move into the new year? We believe the …

23: Using Your Voice & Telling Your Story as a Leader with Abbey Jo Bailey

December 4th, 2018

43:29

How do you find your voice and tell your story as a leader? How do your faith and personality intersect so that you can become the leader God created you to be? Today’s podcast dives into how we can embrace how God …

22: What To Do When Relationships Are Hard in Leadership {Relationships Series}

November 27th, 2018

55:14

How do you cope as a leader when relationships are hard? How can you respond when you’ve been hurt, or when you disagree with those in leadership? What do you do when you are struggling in your marriage?

We’ve been …

21: How to Develop Healthy Relationships with Your Children and Stepchildren with Gayla Grace {Relationships Series}

November 20th, 2018

58:02

How can you develop healthy relationships with your kids or stepkids? What are specific challenges for stepmoms? And how in the world can you practically develop relationships with your children?

Whether you’re a mom to …

20: 3 Reasons Boundaries are Critical for Leadership {Relationships Series}

November 13th, 2018

35:48

You know that you should have boundaries, but why are they so critical, and how do you go about setting them? And what do boundaries have to do with …

19: The Value of Mentoring with Elisa Pulliam {Relationships Series}

November 6th, 2018

1:00:24

Mentoring has to be formal and structured right? Shouldn’t mentoring include lots of time and coffee dates? Not at all. You may be surprised what our …

18: Navigating Marriage and Leadership: A Conversation with Our Husbands {Relationships Series}

October 30th, 2018

1:01:16

What does marriage have to do with leadership? How do we develop a nurture a healthy marriage as we develop into effective leaders? And how does our leadership impact our marriage?

In the fourth episode in the Healthy …

17: How the Enneagram Can Help You Nurture Healthy Relationships with Beth McCord {Relationships Series}

October 23rd, 2018

1:04:07

What impact does your personality have on your leadership? How can learning about your inner motivations impact your outward leadership? And what does knowing your Enneagram type have to do with creating and sustaining …

16: Healthy Communication for Leaders with Carrie Sharpe {Relationships Series}

October 16th, 2018

43:39

As a leader, you communicate constantly. But are you communicating in the most effective way? What are some best practices for communicating when there’s conflict? What are some practical strategies you can implement …

15: Healthy Relationships 101 for Leaders {Relationships Series}

October 9th, 2018

48:48

Healthy relationships are crucial to leadership, but which ones are the most foundational? And is there a framework to make sure these critical …

14: The Gift of Being Quiet with Rachael Gilbert

October 2nd, 2018

48:57

Does your quiet personality make you feel like you’re less likely to be a leader? Have you ever wanted a mentor or wanted to mentor others, but weren’t sure of how to do it? And how in the world do we create healthy …

13: Carey Nieuwhof on Handling the Unexpected in Life & Leadership {Purpose Series} Bonus Episode

September 27th, 2018

55:10

In this special bonus episode, you’ll hear a conversation that I was able to be a part of with Carey Nieuwhof. I have been part of the book launch team for Carey’s new book, “Didn’t See it Coming”*. As part of the …

12: The Pitfalls of Purpose {Purpose Series}

September 25th, 2018

58:54

Have you ever found yourself thinking that finding your purpose means you need to focus on yourself and what fulfills you? Or believing that you must …

11: Jenni Catron - From Dream Career to Purposeful Leadership {Purpose Series}

September 18th, 2018

57:07

Have you ever thought you knew what your calling in life was, only to have God redirect you to another path? Your current role may define your …

10: Finding Your Purpose {Purpose Series}

September 11th, 2018

47:32

How do you know what your purpose is in life? Have you ever struggled with the question of what you’re supposed to be doing with your life? Have you ever wondered why some people seem to know exactly what they are doing …

9: Discovering Your Strengths with Jenni Schubring {Purpose Series}

September 4th, 2018

46:41

Have you ever struggled with finding your purpose? Are you aware of your top 5 strengths and how they can help you be most effective in your …

8: The Key to Becoming a Better Leader

August 28th, 2018

57:48

Can self awareness really make you a better leader?  How does knowing more about yourself translate into working better with others?  Don’t the people you lead just need to listen to you and do what you say? No! There …

7: Receiving Grace & Speaking Truth with Jill McCormick

August 21st, 2018

1:04:59

Are you a driven, type-A leader who has trouble slowing down and receiving grace? Have you ever struggled to embrace your gifts and the way God …

6: The Importance of Leading with Confidence

August 14th, 2018

31:04

What does “leading with confidence” mean, and why is it important? Confidence is foundational to success as a leader, but where does confidence come from as a Christian woman? And how do you develop confidence?

In this …

5: Designing a Life You Love with Lilah Higgins

August 7th, 2018

40:43

Does age matter when it comes to leadership? Do you need to follow a certain path in life in order to be qualified to lead? It is possible to lead by …

4: Are Leaders Born or Made?

July 31st, 2018

28:46

Have you ever heard someone state, “she’s a natural leader” or “he was born for this role”?

We’ve all met those people who seem to be perfect for the …

3: Surviving Loss & Embracing Leadership with Abby Rike Rockenbaugh

July 24th, 2018

52:25

What happens when you end up in leadership roles after devastating circumstances? How do you navigate the tension between building a business and …

2: What is Leadership and Why Does Your Leadership Matter?

July 24th, 2018

30:09

What is leadership, and why does your leadership matter as a Christian woman?

In this episode, Holly and I dive into defining the topic of …

1: Our Leadership Journeys & What to Expect from The Christian Woman Leadership Podcast

July 24th, 2018

39:40

In our first episode of The Christian Woman Leadership Podcast, Holly and I share why we are starting the podcast, a bit about our own leadership …

Introducing the Christian Woman Leadership Podcast

June 15th, 2018

3:42

If you are a multi-passionate woman who leads in multiple ways, this show is for you. We hope to inspire you to embrace your God-given gifts, skills, …

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