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The Minding the Gap research was conducted online using Survey Monkey. The survey, which ran between May and June 2017, was shared through online platforms including Sophia Network’s e-newsletter and social media channels. In total, the online survey received 1,211 respondents. Qualitative and quantitative analysis was carried out by Ros Walley and Sophia Network chair, Vicky Thompson.
Women make up around 65% of the UK Church. But who are these women? What are the unique issues they face in church spaces? Where are they finding space to flourish, and how is the relationship between men and women in Church? In our work at the Sophia Network, we often hear stories of when things aren’t quite going right – where women’s experiences of Church are found wanting, where their gifts and talents are not recognised. But what is the true picture? So we felt that our 10th anniversary year would be a good time to find out some answers to the questions we had. Our aim in launching the research project was to ascertain what is really going on under the surface in terms of gender equality within the Church and based on the findings devise a way forward. Because we exist to empower and equip women in leadership, and to champion the full equality of women and men in the Church.
Our hope and prayer is that this Minding the Gap report will provide a useful tool to pave a way forward towards the full equality of men and women in the Church for the sake of the gospel.
The Sophia Network was started in 2007 by Jenny Baker and Sharon Prior and exists to empower and equip women in leadership, and to champion the full equality of women and men in the UK Church. We believe that God created men and women to work together in partnership and full equality, and that both women and men are called to leadership in all areas of life. Our ultimate aim is to encourage women and men to work together more closely in a way that reflects the heart of God, but we recognise that sometimes, issues need to be addressed before women can contribute on a level playing field.
We therefore have a particular focus on connecting women in leadership to access training, develop skills and grow as leaders. We also want to encourage both men and women to reflect on the role models they provide for young people, and the aspirations and expectations they are helping to shape.
We are a registered charity, number 1128538.
Current trustees: Vicky Thompson (chair), Claire Rush (vice-chair), Alison Atkinson, Dan Crouch, Martin Hardwidge, Amanda Jackson, Chine McDonald
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