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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

180: 5 Steps to Managing Your Emotions as a Leader with Jessica Hottle

11/30/2021
When a leader doesn’t deal with emotions properly, it can have negative impacts on those they lead. Are you in touch with your emotions as a leader? Do you find healthy ways to manage and process your emotions? One of the things that often comes up as we enter the holiday season are feelings and emotions. We can have unwanted emotions, family challenges, or too high of expectations. Perhaps there is more pressure at work and you're finding it hard to enjoy the season. The truth is that when...

Duration:00:51:53

179: What We’re Grateful For in Leadership, Business, & Personal

11/23/2021
When was the last time you took time to reflect on what you have to be grateful for in various areas of your life? Join us today as we share a few of the ways we are grateful this year. In this conversation, Holly and I are sharing what we are grateful for this year in our leadership, our businesses, and our personal lives. We reflect on some of the ways God has worked and answered prayers. We encourage you to take time to consider what you are grateful for as you listen along. For the...

Duration:00:49:37

178: Finding Hope in Grief & Leading a Volunteer-Powered Non-Profit with Ashley Opliger

11/16/2021
Is it possible to experience hope in the midst of grief? What does it look like for God to redeem the pain you go through in your life and leadership? In this episode, you’ll hear a conversation that Holly has with our guest Ashely Opliger. Ashley shares her story of infant loss with candor, grace, dignity and such love for those experiencing similar circumstances. You’ll hear about the moment she knew God called her to use her grief to fulfill his call on her life, how she walks with other...

Duration:01:00:48

177: Leading with Vulnerability and Finding Belonging in a Culture of Loneliness with Bonnie Gray ​​

11/9/2021
Have you ever felt like no one else could possibly relate to your situation or circumstance? Have you ever been afraid to share some of your deepest pain or struggles as a leader for fear of what others might think or worse, losing your leadership role? Many leaders feel alone, struggle with being vulnerable, and find it hard to make time for soul care even when they know how important it is for their well being. In this episode, Holly and I chat with Bonnie Gray as she shares why it’s...

Duration:01:05:54

176: Six Unhealthy Responses to Disagreement as Christians

11/2/2021
Have you seen friends and family experiencing division and even ‘unfriending’ one another over differences? Why is this happening, and what is the impact on our faith and leadership when we view disagreement as the enemy? Disagreement does not have to be the enemy. Yet, for many in our culture and even in our Christian communities, disagreement is viewed as something to be avoided. And when we view disagreement this way, we react to it in unhealthy ways. In this episode (part 1 of the...

Duration:00:25:34

175: Why You Don’t Have to Strive or Step Back in Your Leadership with Erica Wiggenhorn

10/26/2021
Do you feel like you need to work harder in your leadership roles? Are you constantly striving to reach a certain outcome? Or do you get overwhelmed with the responsibility of leadership and become passive in your approach? In this episode, I am chatting with Erica Wiggenhorn about her leadership journey and how God formed her message through struggles in her relationship with him. She shares how she defines leadership and what two categories of leadership we often find ourselves in. Erica...

Duration:00:55:32

174: Should You Stay or Walk Away?

10/19/2021
Have you ever found yourself in a job, business, or ministry situation where you were not sure if you should stay or walk away? How do you discern what path you should take when God hasn’t clearly spoken to you? When you’re a multi-passionate leader, there’s almost inevitably going to be a time when you are going to start feeling restless in your life. It might be that you’re not satisfied with your job situation. Or you started a business and now you feel like you want to burn it all down....

Duration:01:04:28

173: Two Challenges that Can Destroy Our Leadership and How We Can Respond to Them with Shannon Popkin

10/12/2021
Have you ever found yourself in a leadership situation where you were leading a group to accomplish a task, but balls were being dropped, people were not completing their work in the way that you wanted, and it was driving you crazy? Maybe you started to feel like you needed to do it all yourself because this mission was too important for things to be messed up. Can you relate? Maybe you've been in a situation where you look around at other leaders and they are hitting their goals and you...

Duration:01:01:59

172: 5 Ways Jesus Communicated & What We Can Learn From His Approach

10/5/2021
How Christ-like is your communication? Are you able to patiently lead others to answers? Do you feel the need to speak up, or are you able to stay silent sometimes? In this episode, I'm discussing communicating as Christian leaders. Through the year, we’ve had a few episodes related to communication but today I want to look at our best example of communication: Jesus. When I look around at the way we as Christians are communicating lately, both within our own faith community and to those...

Duration:00:27:07

171: How to Find Life Balance, Discerning What’s Most Important, and Why Outsourcing May Be Necessary with Christy Wright

9/28/2021
Is there such a thing as ‘life balance’ and if so, how do you find it? And how do you discern when you need to stop doing something in your life? As ambitious, multi-passionate women leaders, many of us struggle to manage all the roles and responsibilities we hold. And when the issue of balance comes up, we often feel shame, guilt, or confusion about what it actually looks like or whether we can ever find it. In this conversation with Christy Wright, you’ll hear a fresh perspective on...

Duration:00:44:32

170: How to Pursue a Passion Project While Working or Running Your Business

9/21/2021
How do you pursue a passion project while also working full time, running a business, or managing home & family life? Is this even possible or is it a pipe dream? As a multi-passionate leader, it’s likely that you have many ideas and dreams you’d like to pursue. In addition, you probably have plenty of natural gifts, skills, and experiences that you could use to create a career or business. But just because you have all of these passions and skills does not mean you necessarily should...

Duration:00:46:26

169: From Food Addiction to Freedom & Health with Dr. Rhona

9/14/2021
Do you ever run to food for comfort when you are feeling sad, angry, or upset? Do you ever have negative self-talk with body image? Or have you prayed and asked God to give you freedom in this area, only to feel like He’s not listening? If you’ve ever felt like food has a hold on you or you can’t break free from negative body image issues, you are not alone. In this podcast episode, you’ll be encouraged and find hope for overcoming food addictions and finding freedom in this area. Our...

Duration:00:56:22

168: How to Receive Feedback as a Leader (and Why it Matters)

9/7/2021
What happens when you are the leader, and someone brings a concern to you? How do you handle it? And how do you respond? This is a key skill that we need to develop, because we all will get feedback from others in our leadership. As leaders, it’s inevitable that we will receive feedback and criticism. And since we cannot control what other people say about us or how they go about bringing us their concerns, we can control how we respond. In this episode, I’m following up on my earlier...

Duration:00:37:50

167: ​​Giving God Control Over Your Career with Angie Tonini-Rogers

8/31/2021
Have you ever had a part of your life that you haven’t wanted to give God control over? If we’re honest, most of us would have to admit that there’s at least one area of our lives where we struggle with trusting God. In this episode, you’ll hear from Angie Tonini-Rogers and how she had to learn how to trust God with her career and her finances. In addition, you’ll hear some of the powerful leadership lessons and insights Angie learned from her career in nursing which culminated with her...

Duration:00:55:09

166: The Search for the Perfect Church

8/24/2021
Have you found yourself frustrated, discouraged, or even disillusioned by the state of the western church today? Are you longing for a church that reflects God’s intentions for Christians rather than the flawed leadership of humans and harmful effects of sin? In this conversation, Holly and I are digging into the idea of searching for the perfect church. We’re sharing why so many people are seeking a perfect church, why this search is futile, and what we should be looking for...

Duration:01:08:54

165: Why Diversity is a Key to Success and How to Overcome Opposition to Your Dreams with Nonprofit Founder Sonya Battle

8/17/2021
What is the key to successfully leading an organization or team? And how should you respond to opposition or doubt from others about the dream God has given you? In this episode, I’m talking with Sonya Battle, founder of the Teacher’s Resource. Sonya shares about her own leadership journey as well as some of the hurdles she’s had to overcome in founding a nonprofit organization. In addition, she shares what she believes to be the key to successful leadership and why being a safe place for...

Duration:00:48:28

164: How to Bring a Concern to Your Leader - A 4 Step Process

8/10/2021
What do you do if a leader you follow or serve under says or does something that you don’t agree with? How can you bring a concern to a leader without damaging the relationship or causing unnecessary conflict? Lately I’ve seen and heard a lot of talk about problems that are happening in the church, and there may be issues in your specific setting, whether it’s false teaching or abuse or just questions about a particular approach to ministry. But sometimes when I hear these...

Duration:00:34:21

163: Leading Through Brokenness, Healing from Church Hurt, & Choosing Obedience with Nicki Koziarz

8/3/2021
Have you ever experienced church hurt? Have you had moments that made you question whether you’d ever step foot into church again? Or have you ever walked through unexplainable loss that made you wonder if God is truly there or cares about you? In today’s conversation, Holly and I talk with Nicki Koziarz to hear about her leadership journey and her story. You’ll hear Nicki’s take on what it means to be a leader, what the worst form of leadership looks like, and how a deep church hurt led...

Duration:00:59:47

162: All Things Podcasting with Holly & Esther [3 Year Podcast Celebration]

7/27/2021
Have you ever wondered what it’s like behind the scenes of the Christian Woman Leadership Podcast? Today you’ll get a glimpse of our thoughts about the podcast, our lives, and some deep thoughts we’re wrestling with right now. We’re wrapping up our celebration of 3 years of the Christian Woman Leadership Podcast today by sharing a fun conversation Holly and I had about the podcast and more. We also streamed this conversation live into the Purposeful Leadership Facebook group, if you prefer...

Duration:01:16:39

161: [Best of Year 3] Hearing From God, Decision Making & Discerning Unhealthy Leadership - Jenny Randle

7/20/2021
Is it possible to hear the voice of God? And how can you make tough decisions when you don’t get a clear answer directly from God? We’re continuing our celebration of 3 years of the Christian Woman Leadership Podcast with our next episode in our “Best of” series. Today’s episode is the best of our third year of the podcast: Episode 117: Discerning the Voice of God and Making Spirit-Led Decisions with Jenny Randle. Jenny provides valuable insights on the Holy Spirit’s role in our lives, a 7...

Duration:00:55:42