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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.
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When life changes, does our leadership change? How do we navigate seasons of loss or change as leaders? And what does it look like to endure the pain of healing even when we'd rather avoid it? In this episode, Holly and I are chatting through some life updates and sharing some reflections about the past year of our lives. We discuss what our goals …
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Have you ever set goals and then a few weeks later completely abandoned them? Or perhaps you even forgot what goals you were supposed to be working on? You're not alone. And the reason so many goals are abandoned is because we forget to create a plan for how we're actually going to accomplish them. In this final episode in our Purposeful Goal Setti…
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If you’ve done the first 2 steps of reflection and dreaming, you’re ready to start setting some goals. But how? What if you're not sure where to start? In this episode, I'll walk you through some key principles of goal setting and some helpful tips that have worked for me. We'll also look at the differences between project goals and habit goals so …
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After reflection, are you excited and ready to jump into setting your goals for the next year or season? Before you do, there's one more thing you need to do: take time for dreaming and casting a vision. In this episode of our mini-series, Holly will walk you through what it looks like to dream and create a vision for your year. This is a chance to…
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Is it really necessary to reflect before setting your goals for the year or the next season or phase of your life? Why does it matter, and does it impact whether your goals are effective? John Dewey says: "We do not learn from experience... we learn from reflecting on experience.” And while you can go straight to goal setting, I have found immense …
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Yes we are in January - but perhaps, like me, you’ve struggled a bit to get your 2024 goals on paper. Maybe your 2023 dished out more than you could handle. Or perhaps life hasn’t slowed down enough for you to think through your goals. It could be that goal setting really isn’t your thing, and that’s okay. This week on the podcast, Holly & I are co…
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Have you ever heard a word or phrase that made an impact and stuck with you for days or weeks to come? Perhaps someone said something directly to you or maybe you heard it in a podcast, read it in Scripture, or it came up in a conversation with a friend. Words have power, and over the past year, I've been collecting phrases and words that have help…
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What does it look like to disagree in a healthy way as Christians? Can we consume content from people who hold different views from us, or should we try to limit our exposure to varying beliefs? What exactly is deconstruction, and is there such a thing as a healthy or good version of it? In this replay of episode 194 of the podcast, our guest Joel …
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Do you ever feel like you need to stuff your emotions down in order to be an effective leader? Or maybe you prefer not to talk about emotions and you'd rather just get stuff done. What if there was a way to deal with your emotions in a healthy way, rather than stuffing them, letting them take over, or ignoring them? In this replay of episode 180, J…
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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 replay of episode 121 of the CWLP, Holly and I talk with our guest Terra Mattson, about this issue, which she calls an integrity gap. We dive into what…
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In the past few weeks, our country has been reminded of the reality of racism. As Christian leaders, how should we as the church respond? And what can we do on an individual basis? While some of us may not be affected by or see racism on a regular basis, the issue was brought to light in a significant way in recent weeks due to the death of George …
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How can the church develop women in leadership? How can male pastors support women in ministry? What are the main challenges female leaders face in ministry? And how should you handle an insecure leader? In this episode Holly and I speak with female leader, consultant, entrepreneur, and author Kadi Cole about women in leadership. Regardless of wher…
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In this episode, I talk with Jenny Randle, wife, mom, business owner, entrepreneur, and author about how God created each of us to create, how to fight for our creative nature, and how she handles being multi-passionate. Whether or not you believe you’re creative, this is an episode you will not want to miss. This episode is a replay of episode 43,…
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Have you ever wondered what the people you lead need from you? We often talk about what we as leaders need to be doing and how we can be developing, but today I want to talk with you about what your followers or team members need from you. And it starts with a teenager. I didn't expect to get a powerful leadership insight from listening to a teenag…
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Five years ago, we had a mission: we wanted to create a resource for Christian women leaders who are looking to grow in their leadership and hear from other women just like them. We never imagined this podcast would last this long or reach as many women as it has. Holly and I are grateful to each and every listener, and in this episode, we are cele…
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Do you ever struggle to own your gifts and voice and feel like you have to hide them in the name of humility? Do you wish you could really put your expertise and knowledge forward in order to make the jump into that next big dream? In episode 216, our guest Jo Saxton shares her views on women in leadership, the unique gifts women bring to those rol…
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When was the last time you found yourself in some sort of networking event? Do you find it easy to engage with others and build relationships at either in-person or virtual events, or does it feel like your worst nightmare? No matter what kind of leadership role you have, you will likely find yourself in situations where networking is essential. Th…
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Have you ever wondered when it was time to really buckle down on a project, or when it was time to lay it down? Do you struggle to know how to discern between the two, or feel the freedom to move on from something you once felt passionate about? In episode 214 of the podcast, you’ll hear from Rebecca George. Rebecca is an author, speaker and host o…
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Have you ever attended a live event and not known the best ways to prepare for the event, how best to engage while you were there, or debrief afterward? There’s so much time and planning that goes into getting to a live event that sometimes we don’t take the time to think through what we need to do before, during, and after the actual event takes p…
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Have you ever struggled with how to have integrity in a situation with a friend, family member, spouse, or coworker? Even as Christians, we can allow our pride to get the better of us, and it can be hard to approach every interaction with humility and integrity. In episode 212 of the podcast, you’re going to hear from Liv Dooley. Liv is a Bible Tea…
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Have you ever been either on the giving or receiving end of support in the midst of a crisis? Perhaps you’ve been the one in the middle of the crisis, and a friend showed up and loved you really well, or maybe you’ve been the friend to show up for someone else. What does it look like to show up and support our people well in the midst of tragedy? I…
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Do you ever find yourself wondering how you can keep going at this pace? Have you struggled with feeling tired all the time even though you’re getting enough rest? It might be that you’re on the verge of burning out. Or, you simply might not be getting the right type of rest. In episode 210, I will be re-sharing an episode that originally aired in …
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Do you ever feel like you don’t measure up to the other women around you? Perhaps you’ve decided to wait on pursuing a particular goal or dream until you reach a particular weight loss goal? Or maybe you’ve been struggling with shame about something that happened in the past, and you feel like that has disqualified you from leadership or ministry. …
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Do you ever feel pressure from yourself or others to get it all done? We all have a laundry list of tasks we’re responsible for making sure happen, and it can all feel like way too much some days. In this episode, we will discuss a topic that we know you all can relate to. Based on feedback in our Christian Woman Leadership Facebook group as well a…
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What do you do if your company asks you to participate in activities that conflict with your values? How can you live out your faith in a secular workplace even if others hold different views? In today’s conversation, you’ll hear as Holly and I chat with our guest, Dr. Debra Dean. Debra shares her experience of how God called her to leave corporate…
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How often have you started out your year strong, with lots of excitement and a vision for the future, only to have completely forgotten about those ideas just a few months later? It doesn't matter whether you are a CEO of a large company, or you're a mom who homeschools and volunteers at your church, it can be tough to stay focused on what is truly…
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Do you ever struggle with how to share the truth of Scripture with people in a way that marries both truth and grace? Maybe you don’t feel confident enough in your own theology to answer hard questions from others regarding your faith. Learning to effectively communicate with others in a way that draws people to Jesus instead of pushing them away f…
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Hi friend, Esther here with a brief message for you. I want to thank you for being a listener of the Christian Woman Leadership Podcast, and I want to let you know that for the moment, we are taking a break from the podcast. We hope to be back around the beginning of 2023, but I’m not sure 100% on when the new episodes will begin again. Whether you…
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Do you ever find yourself feeling frustrated in your relationships? Maybe you have an ongoing conflict with your spouse or a stressful pattern of interaction with your child. Or perhaps your boss continually asks you to stay late, when you really want to go home and be with your family. What if there were things you could do that would shift these …
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What does it mean to wait on God when it feels like it might not be your turn to do the next big thing or lead the next charge? What do we do in the waiting? How do we live and lead well when we’re asked to pause? What should we focus on in the meantime? In this conversation, you’ll hear from teacher & leader, Heather Thompson Day. Heather recounts…
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Would you consider yourself a reader? Do you enjoy reading physical copies of books, digital versions, or audio versions best? Whatever type of reader you are, (or even if you aren’t a big reader!) check out the books we are currently reading, love, and plan to read next! If you've listened to the podcast for any length of time, you know that learn…
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What does it take to build a team that can help you run a ministry or business? How can you host an event that is effective AND aligns with the vision of your church, ministry, or business? In this episode, you’ll hear us chat with our friend, Angie Likens, founder of Proclaimed Truth. Angie shares about her leadership journey, how she started Proc…
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Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you realized you needed boundaries with someone? Perhaps you find the need for boundaries within your work space, family, or friendships. Or perhaps more often than not, the need for boundaries is with yourself. It can be challenging to communicate our needs surrounding our boundaries, but it is so …
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What if there was one thing you could do that would help you increase focus and decrease avoidable stress as a leader? And what if this process could impact not just your organization, ministry, or business but also your personal life? In this episode, you’ll hear from my guest Sonita Reese about the importance of creating a mission, vision, and va…
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Have you ever felt like your voice is not heard at the leadership table, specifically in ministry settings? Do you ever question whether you are in a healthy situation or whether perhaps there are some issues that need to be addressed? If you’ve ever felt that way, or if you simply want to hear a powerful conversation about listening to God’s voice…
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Are you a long time fan of The Christian Woman Business Podcast? Have you been listening for a while, or have you just discovered us? Do you listen to every episode, or do you pop in and out of listening? No matter where you fall on the scale of CWLP fan, we are so grateful you’re here and are excited to celebrate and recap the last year of convers…
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Is money connected to fulfilling your God-given purpose? How do you pursue your purpose without making money an idol? And is there such a thing as a non-woo version of manifestation that is okay for Christians to use? In this episode, you’ll hear an engaging conversation between Holly and our guest, Portia Jackson. Portia is a Certified Financial P…
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Do you ever struggle with your own confidence in your leadership role? Maybe you’re plagued with self-doubt or imposter syndrome. Perhaps you’ve convinced yourself that you’re not the one for the job. These fears and doubts can be so loud in our heads, but they are not the reality or the truth that God has called us to live in. Almost 4 years ago, …
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Have you ever struggled to engage in conversations about hot topics online? Have you ever wondered how to stay humble in your theology while still holding onto the primary truths of the Gospel? In this episode, you’ll learn about this and so much more. Episode 194’s guest is the first official male guest: Joel Muddamalle, Director of Theology and r…
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Have you ever seen or heard a Christian in the public sphere do something you didn’t agree with? Sometimes our first instinct is to completely unfollow that person and never consume anything they’re putting out in the world again. It can be hard to know when to unfollow a leader completely, or when to just take a step back from their voice and work…
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Do you tend to struggle with the ever present ‘hustle’ culture seen in the world? Do you wrestle with striving and driving and achievement chasing in your personal and/or professional life? It can be so hard to rest in our identity as a beloved of Christ’s and not strive for more success, more stuff, more approval. In this episode, Holly and I are …
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Have you ever wondered how to lead a small group well? Or maybe you’ve been asked to be a small group leader, but you didn’t feel equipped to do so. So many of our listeners wonder how to lead small groups well, so we have dedicated an entire episode on tips and tricks for leading a small group with intention and purpose. Many churches have what th…
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Are there times you want to speak up in a meeting, but you don’t know how to share your ideas with confidence? Do you ever wonder why your voice isn’t being heard? Or have you felt ignored or dismissed by your peers or other leaders in your organization in the past? In today’s conversation, you’ll hear from our guest, Karen Laos, who equips women t…
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How do you lead an event that people will love? What do you need to consider in order to have a successful event or retreat for your church, organization, or business? One of the most powerful ways to help accomplish the mission or vision of your church, organization, or business is to hold in person events. Over the past couple years, many of tehs…
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If you are a leader, it’s likely at some point, you will be asked to or need to lead a meeting or facilitate a small group, or perhaps a project that includes several people and multiple meetings. So how can you lead effective meetings that your team will not hate being a part of? As a leader, it’s vital that you develop certain character traits th…
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Have you ever wondered if your story matters? Do you feel like you know you have something to say, but you don’t feel comfortable showing up and speaking publicly? Maybe you don’t feel like you are a dynamic speaker and therefore you hold back in meetings or in public settings. In today’s conversation, you’ll hear from our guest Roshanda Pratt abou…
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What if disagreement was not our enemy nor our best friend? What if we decided to embrace disagreement as an opportunity rather than try to avoid it at all costs? I believe this is possible when we reframe how we see disagreement. In this episode (part 2 of the conversation), I’m going to share how we can gain a different perspective about disagree…
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Have you ever sensed God calling you to something that you didn’t want? Maybe He has spoken to you about something and you think, “nope, that’s not for me God.” Today I’m chatting with Alissa Circle about her journey of stepping into a new season and a new calling–one that she didn’t feel ready for at first. You’re going to love what Alissa shares …
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The Christian Woman Leadership Podcast has been going strong for 3.5 years. So where are we now, and what are our plans for the future? Tune in to hear all the updates and some changes for the coming year. In this conversation, Holly & I are sharing some reflections on where we’ve come with this podcast over the past 3.5 years, including some behin…
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What has 2021 taught you? And how do those lessons apply to leadership? As leaders we are continually learning, so today I’m sharing what I’ve learned this year and some books I’d recommend you check out. We always ask our guests on this show what they are learning, but I realized recently that I haven’t shared what I’m learning. So today, I want t…
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