Happy New Year to all our members and readers!
We hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year. Here ay Sophia Network we are very excited about what 2015 holds for us and look forward to all that God is going to do in the Network throughout this year.
Firstly, we want to say BIG congratulations to Chine Mbubaegbu, one of our new Trustees for her new role as Director of Communications at Evangelical Alliance – we will be praying for her as she takes up this role in 2015. Together with Gavin Calver, who has been appointed as the new Director of Missions, they are the youngest Directors in the history of the EA – so well done to both of them. We also want to congratulate the Rev Libby Lane who is the first woman to be appointed as a Bishop in the Church of England. We thank God that there is so much to celebrate this month!
For more inspiration and challenge, check out our January web update:
- Leadership reflection by Sharon Prior - A reflection on what you want to achieve in your leadership for 2015. There are just five questions; one for each week of January. We are going to put one of the questions on our Facebook page and twitter page (@sophianetwork) each Monday and we would like you to share your answer to that week's question. We hope that this will encourage you all to get involved and also will help to develop us as a Network. You do not need to write loads – just a few words or a couple of sentences – it is up to you.
- History Makers Europe Summit - Trustee Dr Claire Rush reports on her experience of how global leadership movement History Makers is unlocking the potential of Millennial Generation women leaders across Europe. It is so exciting to see women from all different countries get together and share resources. Find out how you can join the next UK equipping week in September here.
- Book review - Charlotte Hendy shares her thoughts on Carrie Lloyd's new book The Virgin Monologues (published by Authentic Media on 23 January 2015).
- The effect of domestic violence - At Sophia Network we believe it is so important that we look beyond ourselves to other people who are struggling and so this month we have a poem inspired by accounts of domestic abuse survivors from Laura Neil (21). Mandy Marshall from Restored also shares how we can advocate for people who are caught up in this cycle of abuse.
So please enjoy the update this month and we look forward to hearing from you on social media as together we encourage each other in our leadership.
May you know God’s blessing for 2015
Chair of Trustees for Sophia Network