Thursday, 17 April 2008

Developing Evangelical Women as Leaders: CPAS and AWESOME

By Elisabeth Goddard

Rosie Ward is Leadership Development Advisor at the Church Pastoral Aid Society (CPAS). CPAS had noticed that there were relatively few women applying for the Arrow Leadership Programme developed and spearheaded by James Laurence and which Rosie now co-leads. Their department also saw that women either weren't applying for jobs (particularly the larger churches) and/or weren't being appointed. So Rosie's job was born. She has a particular brief for developing women as leaders, including encouraging vocations among women and raising the profile of women in the application process for traditional evangelical posts.

As part of her job Rosie has written her latest book ‘Growing women leaders: nurturing women’s leadership in the church’ which is due to be published in September 2008. This topic brings important insights into our understanding of the developing role of women in leadership in our churches from an evangelical perspective.

Connecting with her CPAS role, Rosie is also Membership Secretary on the Committee of Awesome, of which I am the Chair. AWESOME (‘Anglican Women Evangelicals: Supporting Our Ordained Ministry’) is a network for ordained women who are Anglican and evangelical where they can meet with other like-minded women for support and encouragement in their gospel ministries. Read more
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