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Christian Woman Leadership Podcast

144 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


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

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 does obedience play when you’re processing hard times while growing your business?

In this episode, I talk with virtual tax advisor Melissa Whaley about what leadership looks like when you’re processing ministry hurts plus how our faith grows as we lead our businesses.

Simple ways to weave your faith into your business:
  1. Share principles of what Jesus taught. In Melissa’s case, she shares about the importance of paying taxes and being honest.
  2. Don’t be ashamed to share your faith and talk about how God is working in your life. Melissa will share with others God’s view on money.
  3. Encourage people to grow in their faith. Melissa does this by encouraging people to be good steward of their business and personal finances.
Processing ministry hurts

Anyone who has gone through a church split or left a church knows that it’s emotionally difficult to process. After going through a split at her church, Melissa shared these lessons:

  • Remember that it takes time to heal, trust, and start relationships again.
  • You may need a change of pace like a house church.
  • Obey what God asks you to do even if you don’t feel like doing it.
  • Evaluate whether visiting a spiritual director might be a fit for you.
  • Be kind to yourself as you adjust from having a leadership role to simply attending on a Sunday morning.
Melissa’s book recommendations:

Key Quotes from episode:

  • “If you have other people watching you and following your example, you’re a leader.”
  • “God can equip you to lead in a small or large capacity.”
  • “My purpose is not to make as much money as possible, but to serve people well and to help them and to weave my faith into my business."

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