We launched the Sophia Network in 2007 and we currently have around 800 members. We started with a specific focus on empowering and encouraging women in youth work, because that's where we saw the need. Ever since we began, membership has been open to any women who want to join, but we know that our strapline 'wisdom for women in youth work' has understandably put some people off and made them think the network is not for them.
So from today, our strapline will be 'Wisdom for women in leadership' to make it clearer that this network is for all women who are in positions of leadership, who aspire to be leaders or who believe that women can be leaders.
Overall, our aims will stay the same:
- We'll provide support, resources, encouragement and training opportunities for Christian women in leadership - whether you are in formal leadership positions or not, working in the Christian sector or elsewhere, established as a leader or aspiring to be one, younger or older.
- We'll advocate for women in leadership and for the full equality of women and men in the church, challenging those who restrict the contributions of women deliberately or more subtly.
- We'll continue to focus on the challenges that young women and girls face because we think we should all be concerned about the generations that follow us.
But hopefully now more women will be able to benefit from the Sophia Network! And we believe that the network will benefit from an increased diversity of women. So if you've been put off by the Y word - youth work, we hope you'll be feel welcomed by the 'L' word - leadership.
Sophia Network - wisdom for women in leadership