Season 2, Ep. 4 | How to Encourage Others

podcast Mar 02, 2021

Who needs a little encouragement when things get hard? Every one of us needs a good boost of encouragement now and then. Let’s shift mindsets and engage the conversations to bring Godly encouragement into the world! In this episode, we talk to Andrea Coli, Teaching Pastor at CrossWinds Church and Executive Director of Lead Bold! about the space and place every woman in ministry needs to be encouraged, equipped and challenged to do the work that God has called us to do. 

You don’t want to miss:

  • What gets in the way of having the encouraging conversations we need
  • Why encouraging conversations are essential for meaningful connection with others
  • Getting out of our own “head space” that keeps us trapped in isolation
  • Identifying where you can be vulnerable and stretching yourself to go there
  • Attending to yourself and figuring out the encouragement you want and need
  • Cheering others on through intentional encouraging conversations 
  • Practical ways to...
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Season 2, Ep. 3 | Embracing the Leader You Are

podcast Feb 23, 2021

As female leaders in ministry, we can sometimes negate relational or intuitive leadership strengths over strategic ones. Yet when we lead authentically with empathy and a soul care lens, we build strong relationships with our team and confidence in who God made us to be. In this episode, we talk to Tami Stordahl, a 26 year ministry veteran, about leading from these strengths while caring for yourself in the midst of the daily demands of leadership. 

You don’t want to miss:

  • How to trust your leadership if you don’t have strategic strengths.
  • Why leaning into mentorship is crucial for your leadership development - and how gender may play a lesser role than we think.
  • How to have a team conversation that includes space for intuition and strategic paths for effective decision making.
  • How to lead from empathy while taking care of yourself at the same time - and the lens through which this is most effective.
  • The keys to building confidence in your own leadership as you...
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Season 2, Ep. 2 | Before You Say a Word Pt 2

podcast Feb 16, 2021

Last week launched Season 2: Conversations that Matter with a 2-part episode talking about the difficult conversations that matter. We started the conversation with the preparation steps you need to take to lead yourself before you say a word! When we can do that, then we can dive into designing the conversation you know you need to have, but don’t know where to start.

You don’t want to miss:

  • Clarifying your purpose and what you want out of the conversation
  • Getting your expectations on track
  • Managing the “what-if” scenarios that play in your head
  • Leveraging empathy -- hint: it’s only possible if you lead yourself well first!
  • Designing the conversation with the other person in mind

PLUS, the hardest part of that tough conversation . . . how to get heard, but what if they don’t hear you, ignore you or get angry?

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Season 2, Ep. 1 | Before You Say a Word Pt 1

podcast Feb 09, 2021

 Welcome to Season 2 of the Side by Side Podcast! Our theme for this season is “Conversations that Matter.” Being a great leader means attending to two things: leading self and leading others. Without great self-leadership, we’ll never lead others well. In this two-part episode, co-hosts Annie & Heidi talk about how to prepare for a difficult conversation by leading yourself well. With the right preparation steps, your difficult conversation might be easier than you think! 

You don’t want to miss:


  • Why self-leadership is so important and what to be aware of heading into a difficult conversation.
  • How to notice what’s going on in your inner world so you can choose your outer world actions. 
  • How to choose which conversations you have and which people-problems you don’t need to fix. 
  • The best ways to lead yourself out of the negative loop that plays in your head as you think about these conversations.
  • Why it’s...
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Ep. 23 | Honoring Your Body

podcast Feb 02, 2021

Many of us likely made New Year's resolutions or commitments that involve our health. By now, many of us have probably already let our best intentions fall by the wayside. In this episode, we revisit the topic of physical health with certified health coach, Sarah Alves. We dive into why it's so important to love our body and take care of it for our emotional, spiritual, and spiritual health.  

You don’t want to miss:

  • Why it’s important for Christians to talk about their body
  • How stress and lack of sleep play a significant role on our overall health (and how to improve it)
  • Why neglecting our body’s physical health leaks into our emotional health 
  • Why habit building is the key to long-term health changes - and where to start
  • How church culture can do a better job supporting our wellbeing

PLUS, specific tips for making changes to your physical and emotional health that start with small changes to your daily habits.   


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Ep. 22 | Cutting Through the Mental Chaos

podcast Jan 26, 2021

 Have you ever felt drained by leading? Do your same old ways to refresh your soul just leave you still feeling empty? In this episode, Kristin Evenson, a Change and Transitions Coach, shares bite-size spiritual practices that rewire the brain and enable us to step into the holy invitation God offers in the crazy-making circumstances that often happen in life and leadership.

You don’t want to miss:

  • How our brain is predisposed to interpreting situations in a negative light
  • Ways to pause our brain’s auto-pilot that interprets reward or threat in 1/5th of a second.
  • How engaging bite-size spiritual practices for just 12 minutes a day for 8 weeks we can:
    1. Rewire our brain (renewing our mind!)
    2. Strengthen our soul
    3. Cultivate Christ-like character
    4. Deepen our discernment
  • Spiritual practices that can increase compassion and reduce negativity
  • Fresh new ways to invite the presence of God into the chaotic moment
  • Trade the anxious prayer for trusting, peaceful, partnering...
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Ep. 21 | What the Enneagram Reveals

podcast Jan 19, 2021

The Enneagram is one of the most talked about assessments in the ministry world these days. Respected leaders across the country are turning to this tool to help them lead their teams. In this episode, we talk to Certified Enneagram Coach, Kristi Erickson, about why it’s so important to view this assessment through the lens of faith and how it helps us understand ourselves, God, and others so much better. 

You don’t want to miss:

  • How the Enneagram differs from other personality typing systems and can work in tandem with other assessments.
  • Why having a gospel perspective is so important when using this tool for yourself and with others.
  • What the Enneagram measures and how leaders can use it for personal and professional growth.
  • How this assessment helps us in our relationships with one another and builds a bridge to greater empathy and communication.
  • How to use this tool as a springboard for growth, and how not to get “stuck” in the unhealthy...
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Ep. 20 | Engaging with the Disabled in our Community

podcast Jan 12, 2021

 We were never meant to do this alone. Every person is meant for connection and purpose. Yet, people with disabilities and those who care for them often hit barriers in the Christian communities where they seek connection and purpose. In this episode, Joan Borton of Luke 14 Exchange shares both her professional and personal journey supporting people with disabilities and their caregivers. She offers practical insight into how Christians, leaders and ministries can create a welcoming culture for people with disabilities.  

If you are a caregiver, you don’t want to miss:

  • A reflection on Matthew 11:28-30 on what it means to come to Jesus and find his rest
  • Discover what it means to be a junior partner with Jesus as your stronger partner
  • What to do if you are in the overwhelming and exhausting role of caretaker

If you are a leader, you don’t want to miss:

  • Explore the uneasy relationship with the church most people with disabilities experience
  • Uncover...
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Ep. 19 | Clear the Way for a Fresh Start

podcast Jan 05, 2021

According to the Fresh Start effect, people are more likely to take action towards a goal after temporal landmarks or special occasions that represent new beginnings. A new year is a perfect time to look ahead with greater optimism and re-focus on what matters most. In this episode, Annie & Heidi talk about how a new year brings an opportunity for greater clarity and better creative problem-solving when we lean in to what we’ve learned from the past and press on toward all that’s to come.  

You don’t want to miss:

  • How to manage our mindset and allow God to lead the way in our year ahead.
  • Why we need a plan to reach our goals - and how to leverage strategy to get there.
  • How change can parallel the grief cycle and how to lead your team through it.
  • Recognizing when leaky emotions are getting in the way of your leadership
  • Why approaching problem solving from a “let’s try this” posture is critical for ministry

PLUS, how to give...

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Ep. 18 | Resilience in the Chaos

podcast Dec 29, 2020

Looking back on 2020, we see more chaos than we could have imagined a year ago. Let’s just pause for a moment to say, “You made it!” It took effort to maintain a bold confidence to keep moving forward into what God has called you to do. It has required making decisions even when you don’t have it all figured out. It has meant getting creative to bring people together despite the isolation of social distancing. As 2020 comes to a close, let’s reinforce our confidence and rethink how we create meaningful connections in 2021! 

You don’t want to miss:

  • Grab hold of the confidence that Christ is with us even in the chaos 
  • Know your strengths AND articulate them to build the momentum of your confidence
  • What is it that robs you of your confidence? Name it to tame it!
  • Deal with the inside stuff so we can become the leader we want to be
  • Engage healthy habits that fuel confidence AND help us connect to others
  • Invest in the healthy...
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