In an emotional conversation, A21 founder and Mother Teresa Memorial Award winner, Christine Caine, talks about the pain of leadership in a highly critical, outrage-driven culture, how it led her to rethink how much longer she wants to lead with her heart fully in it, and why she decided to keep going in leadership despite the struggle.
This is soul fuel for every leader right now.
Welcome to Episode 421 of the podcast. Listen and access the show notes below or search for the Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts and listen for free.
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Insights From Christine
1. To live out your faith in a post-Christian culture, it needs to be inside out
Christine grew up in a culture where Christianity wasn’t the default religion. This gives her a unique insight into where America and many other Western cultures are heading. When asked how to reach a culture like that, she says that your faith really needs to be shown inside out through how you live and treat people.
Arguments, laws and social media posts won’t help. You need to live and look like Jesus, and let conversations come from that.
2. Civil public dialogue is gone thanks to the internet
Due to the way that the internet and social media platforms are structured, civil public dialogue has almost disappeared from our world. This makes having spiritual conversations difficult and causes us, as Christians, to constantly have a target on our back from one side or the other.
One tip Christine gives is, “As Christians, just because we have an opinion on something doesn’t mean we need to share it.”
3. If you’re saying, “I don’t know if I still want to do this,” dig back into your why
A couple of years ago, Christine got to a point where she was tempted to “take her foot off the gas” in her ministry. For the first time ever, she was thinking, “I don’t know if I want to do this.” When she realized this, she had to raise her hand and say that she needed help from a counselor, and return to “why” she does what she does.
If you’re to that point as well, return to your “why.”
Quotes from Episode 421
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Next Episode: Gordon MacDonald
One of the most listened to guests in the history of this podcast, Gordon MacDonald, returns to discuss the damage that driven leaders do, how he hit walls in his own leadership and how he got healthier.
In Gordon’s words, “Driven people produce shallow followers,” and he explains how to move from a place of drivenness to a much healthier called-ness.
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