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Role of Adviser for Women’s Ministry in the Diocese

Although we celebrate the opening of opportunities for women to lead in ministry, we still have a long way to go in terms of gender equality in the Church of England in general. Women are seeking to inhabit a church culture that has been led by men for the last two millennia.

Revd Canon Carolyn Cooke: Adviser for Women’s Ministry and Chaplain, La Cote 

My role as Adviser for Women’s Ministry is three-fold: to EQUIP, EVALUATE and ENGAGE


To help to equip our diocese to support women in ministry at every level – from exploring vocations, to training opportunities, to leading a chaplaincy, to more senior posts in the Diocese.  The role seeks to ensure that the voice of women is heard at Bishop’s staff. I am available to offer one to one support for women in a confidential setting, in an advisory capacity. In addition I seek to provide networking and training opportunities and share helpful information.


To evaluate what is going well for women in ministry and share best practice and to observe what is not working well and notice emerging trends. In June 2019, a mini conference was held, where twelve women in our Diocese gathered to share the joys and challenges of ministry, ably led by Bishop Alison White of Hull. In September 2020 Revd Hilary Jones began to research why our Diocese has one of the lowest numbers of women clergy in full-time paid positions, in comparison with the rest of the Church of England.


To engage with other organisations working to support the flourishing of women in ministry such as Transformations, WATCH, (Women and the Church) and Awesome, (Anglican Evangelical ordained women).  I also draw support and guidance from NADAWM – the National Association of Diocesan Advisers in Women’s Ministry. 

Equally I engage with the wider issues in society which affect women's ministry in the Church. Particularly in the Diocese in Europe women experience the added challenges of leading in predominantly male-led Christian traditions in many of our host countries. 


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