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Christian Woman Leadership Podcast

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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


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

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 this episode, Holly and I chat with Gena McCown about her leadership journey which includes transitioning from the marketplace to the church world. She shares insights on the differences between the two worlds and how she has handled this. We also discuss what to do when your gifts are not recognized or valued in your church or ministry, navigating volunteer leadership, and leading with a chronic illness. 


If you want encouragement in finding the right ministry role for yourself or as you lead with a chronic illness, this episode is for you. 


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Key Points Discussed:
  • Gena’s life & leadership [4:34]
  • Marketplace to church world [12:28]
    • Differences between the two settings
    • Chain of command issue
  • When your gifts are not recognized or used within the church [19:33]
  • Gena’s ministry roles [28:15]
  • Best practices for volunteer leadership [32:50
  • Leading with chronic illness [43:20]
  • Leaders are learners [53:58]


Resources & Links*:


Key Quotes:

“We lead better from within than ahead or above.”


“I always want the people I am pouring into to surpass me one day.” 


“We are losing our best and our brightest because they have these gifts and talents, and they are feeling stifled in the church and unable to use them.” 


“There are spaces that you are not going to be able to change; only the Lord can change their hearts. You can pray for them and not be among them.” 


“Am I in a stage of stay and pray, or am I in a stage of go to grow?” 


“Every leader needs to be looking for and identifying future leaders and building them up.” 


“Bring them into the vision that the Lord has cast; don’t just tell them what the vision is… help them see it.” 


“A lot of people with chronic illness feel forgotten about… we have to still make those people feel valued and wanted and that they have a place in the church.”


“We have to have compassion.  We have to acknowledge that these illnesses are real, that they exist, and this person still has value.”


“It is really easy to let a treading water moment turn into a quicksand moment.”


Connect with Gena:


Gena McCown is a native S. Floridian, married for 22 years with 3 daughters.  She serves in her church as a Women's Ministry Leader, and has written the book Women's Ministry with Purpose: A Gospel Centered Approach.  In addition to serving in her local church, Gena teaches a college course on Women's Ministry through Christian Leaders Institute and founded the Women's Ministry Council to provide practical ministry training to women called to leadership.  


Connect with Esther and Holly:


*Affiliate links are present. If you purchase through one of these links, it supports the podcast, so thank you!

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