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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 who share their leadership journeys. Through this podcast, Esther and Holly offer encouragement, tools, and resources to help you live out your unique calling as a leader.

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 who share their leadership journeys. Through this podcast, Esther and Holly offer encouragement, tools, and resources to help you live out your unique calling as a leader.

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United States

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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 who share their leadership journeys. Through this podcast, Esther and Holly offer encouragement, tools, and resources to help you live out your unique calling as a leader.

Twitter:

@_estherdawn

Language:

English


Episodes

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

10/27/2020
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 free from lies and replacing those lies with the truth of God. In this episode, Holly and I speak with our guest Britney Thompson who vulnerably shares her story of breaking free from an eating disorder. We dive into her leadership journey, the steps she took to get free, and practical ways we can get rid of the lies that may be holding us...

Duration:00:53:18

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

10/20/2020
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 look like, and how can we emulate this? In this episode, Holly and I continue our leadership trait series as we dive into an aspect of leadership that is firmly grounded in our faith. While some of the traits we discuss are widely accepted by the world, this one originates from our ultimate leader. Jesus, the most impactful leader of all...

Duration:00:50:19

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

10/13/2020
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 identify this gap and begin shrinking it? In this episode, Holly and I talk with our guest Terra Mattson, about this issue, which she calls an integrity gap. We dive into what this means, common symptoms of an integrity gap, and how to start closing this gap. In addition, Terra sheds light on why unresolved trauma is common in leaders and...

Duration:01:10:48

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

10/6/2020
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 can we practice it in our everyday lives? In this episode, Holly and I are kicking off a new series about traits we need to develop as Christian leaders. We originally shared a list of things we felt leaders needed back in episode 2 of the podcast, but now we’re going to do a deeper dive into some specific character traits for...

Duration:00:44:16

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

9/29/2020
Are you a parent, grandparent, mentor, or leader of teens? Or do you want to gain leadership insights from parenting teenagers? In this conversation, Holly and I talk with Connie Albers about thriving while leading and parenting teens. She shares many insights from her experience raising 5 teenagers as well as other lessons she has learned on her leadership journey. Connie shares wisdom and insight on how to keep the heart of your teen, what’s more important than fixing their problems, and...

Duration:00:59:26

118: Real Life Stories of Stepping into Confident Leadership

9/22/2020
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 Confident Leader Catalyst but you’re not sure if it’s right for you. In this episode, you’re going to hear from 3 women who were members of the very first round of the Confident Leader Catalyst program. They share their real life stories of why they joined, how it has impacted them, and what has changed since participating. If you’re...

Duration:00:23:22

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

9/15/2020
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, hearing the voice of God is of utmost importance, not just for our own lives, but also as we lead others. But sometimes it can be difficult to discern God’s voice and determine where He is leading us. In this episode, my guest Jenny Randle shares with us about some of the things...

Duration:00:57:11

116: Three Traits Every Christian Leader Needs

9/8/2020
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 share with you 3 traits that every leader needs. These 3 traits are not an exhaustive list by any means, but they are characteristics that will help you lead more effectively. Before we dive into the 3 traits, though, I want to share with you why I talk about confident leadership so much, and why it matters. For the full show notes for this...

Duration:00:23:52

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

9/1/2020
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 with feeling that way? In this episode, Holly and I talk with our guest Chelsey DeMatteis about her leadership journey and how she has overcome guilt and shame about her past and stepped into leadership. She shares some of the ways God used others to help her heal and how she’s gradually grown in her leadership roles. Chelsey also provides...

Duration:00:59:55

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

8/25/2020
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,...

Duration:01:01:33

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

8/18/2020
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 can often be seen as ‘unimportant’ if it’s on a smaller scale or with small numbers. But we believe that “leading small” is an important opportunity and can have a big impact. In this episode, Holly and I are talking about leading small--what this means, why it’s important, and how to navigate it well. If you’ve ever felt like what you are doing...

Duration:01:01:33

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

8/11/2020
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 personal convictions as a mandate for how others should live. Doing this tends to lead towards legalism and away from discernment. But what should we be doing instead? In this episode, I’m diving into a topic that is relevant to what is happening in our world right now. You can’t...

Duration:00:26:30

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

8/4/2020
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 first-hand encounter with a sex trafficking attempt, her decision to go public with the experience, and the resistance she ran into as a result. Take a listen to hear how Amanda learned to trust God in the midst of each step of her journey, as well as how she was able to choose...

Duration:01:00:35

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

7/28/2020
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 take those first steps, especially when we don’t know what the outcome is going to be. In our final episode of our Summer Throwback Series, you’ll hear from several of our past guests and find out how they were able to take courageous steps into something new. You’ll hear...

Duration:00:26:15

109: Celebrating 2 Years & Answering Your Questions

7/21/2020
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 are celebrating our two year anniversary by answering some of your questions about the podcast. We’ll share what we’ve learned, favorite guests, best things to come as a result, and much more. Plus, we share some of our reflections and let you know the top 5 episodes since we started! Key Points Discussed: Invitation to join our group...

Duration:01:03:02

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

7/14/2020
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, criticism, and challenges as Christian leaders. It’s how we respond and handle these situations that really matters. In this episode of our Summer Throwback Series, you’ll hear from several of our past guests and find out what they have learned in these situations. Plus,...

Duration:00:36:19

107: Embracing Your Gifts [Summer Throwback Series]

7/7/2020
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 for us to embrace our gifts--but how exactly do we do this? In the first of our Summer Throwback Series episodes, we’re sharing clips from several of our past guests around the topic of embracing your gifts. You’ll hear encouraging and challenging words to help you remember...

Duration:00:26:27

106: Small Steps to Take When You Feel Content Overload

6/30/2020
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 this episode, I’m sharing some thoughts about how I’ve been feeling lately, along with some of the themes I’ve been hearing from many of you. Here are some of the things I’m hearing and experiencing: Pressures on leaders navigating through the COVID-19 crisisRacism and...

Duration:00:26:45

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

6/23/2020
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 what we could have prepared for? In this episode, Holly and I talk with Kristen Joy about her personal journey through ministry hurt. She shares how this experience impacted not just her, but also her entire family. Kristen also shares how she found hope and healing after...

Duration:01:08:42

104: How To Determine Your Individual Response To Collective Crises

6/16/2020
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 of pressure on leaders at this time, yet each of our individual situations are slightly different, and how we will respond is different as well. As Christian leaders, we want to respond to national and global crises with wisdom and love. We don’t want to turn a blind eye to the significant pain and suffering of those around us. Yet, there are...

Duration:00:59:34