Facing Success and Failure with the Gospel
Katherine Leary Alsdorf is Senior Fellow at the Faith, Work & Leadership Initiative at Redeemer City to City. In this interview with Larry Linenschmidt at the Hill Country Institute in Austin, Texas, she talks about the progression of her career from a disillusioned school teacher, a CEO of a high-tech company during the dot-com collapse, and later to her work with the Center for Faith & Work. She credits the gospel with changing everything—her life and career—and she speaks freely about struggling with failure. "One of the distinctives of Christians should be that we can face failure, respond to failure and talk about failure more openly than anyone else, because we know it doesn't define us." The theology of the gospel of Jesus Christ—"You are far worse than you ever dared think, and you are far more loved than you ever dared hope"—helped her repent, pray and grow in humility, forgiveness, excellence and passion in her career.
Special thanks to Hill Country Institute Live: Exploring Christ & Culture.
This interview appears as an illustration of personal transformation and the workplace in "Jacob's Transformation and Reconciliation with Esau (Genesis 32-33)" in Genesis 12-50 and Work at www.theologyofwork.org.