During lunch at our Sophia Network Equipping event on Saturday, we're going to have our AGM. This year, we'll be voting on seven potential new Trustees:
Chine Mbubaegbu – is Head of Media and Communications at the Evangelical Alliance – ‘I am passionate about women, the media, the Church and theology and would relish the opportunity to offer the skills I have in furthering the aims of the Network’. Chine would bring Creative Leadership, Networking, and gifts in Journalism to the role of Trustee.
Dan Crouch – is a youth worker in a local church near Bristol – ‘I am passionate, perhaps because of my role as a youth worker (and that within the Church of England), to see young women grow as leaders in the church, and to see them equipped and empowered to complete this task. I believe that God created men and women to work together in partnership and full equality and it is this for which we must strive’. Dan would bring his communication and reflective skills to the role of Trustee.
Karen Openshaw – is Head of Development and Partnerships for Zac's youth bars aka The Sycamore Project - ‘As a woman I know only too well how difficult it can be for women in positions of leadership - I would like to support other women in their journey. I believe I have gifts, skills and qualities God has developed in me which will hopefully be an asset to the Network’, Karen would bring gifts of vision, encouragement and community leadership to the Network.
Martin Hardwidge – is Senior Lecturer at Oasis College. Martin says ‘It is difficult to express briefly the extent to which I believe that sections of the Christian church continue to condone and even attempt to provide a theology for the abuse of women’. Martin would bring gifts of teaching, administration and process to the Network.
Steve Holmes – is Senior Lecturer in Systematic Theology at St Andrew’s University - ‘I have been heavily involved in training and resourcing Christian leaders more widely, and have become very aware of various needs for interventions and/or cultural changes to enable female leaders to flourish in the roles God has called them to’. Steve would bring gifts of academic theology, leadership, public speaking and preaching to his role as Trustee.
Victoria Thompson – is the Co-leader of a growing national/international church network called Catalyst. ‘Having been a woman in ministry since the age of 18 I have been recently wondering how I can help to support/encourage other women in ministry – Sophia Network would enable me to do this’ Vicky would bring gifts of leadership, strategic thinking and evangelism to the role of Trustee.
Lizzie Telfer – is a writer and works freelance for several organisations including Scripture Union. She says - ‘I would love to join the team of Sophia Network Trustees and work with them on a national scale to empower women and men to be equipped in leadership and to champion the equality of men and women in church. I believe that my focus on youth participation will enable me to contribute to Sophia Network’s strategy, in enabling young girls reach their full potential’. Lizzie would bring skills of participation, mentoring, writing and editing to the role of Trustee.
If you can't attend our AGM, please consider sending a proxy vote. Emailing in your proxy vote is a brilliant way of showing your ongoing support for the Sophia Network and helping it to keep functioning.
You can download a Proxy Form here - Download Sophia Network AGM Proxy Form 2014.