Leading with Courage and Competence: Women and Practice of Leadership in Complex Contexts

10 Jan 2024 Online

At the heart of this webinar is a multifaceted question: How do we become and remain the sort of female leaders who can go the distance without losing enthusiasm in the midst of trials and tribulations? What sort of competencies are needed to help us face the challenges our contexts present us with? And what sort of heart postures can sustain us in times of struggle?

In this volatile world we need leaders who lead out of a strong core of their identity in Christ. We need resilient women who are able to lead with courage and demonstrate in their own lives, families and ministries the practical outworking of the good news of Jesus Christ.

We want to start and continue a conversation around subjects that matter most to women who serve in all sorts of roles in church and beyond. In this webinar we will look at two important aspects—courage and competence (skills)—as we seek to both encourage and equip.

‘We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.’ 

2 Corinthians 4:8-12

Our hosts:

Amanda Jackson:

Amanda is the WEA’s Senior Advisor on Diversity and from 2015 to 2022 was the Director of the Women’s Commission. She is one of the pioneers of Rise in Strength, a network of international Christian women leaders. She founded the global Christian Network to End Domestic Abuse (CNEDA). She is the Chair of Kyria Network UK, which aims to equip and develop healthy female leadership. She also works with a mission agency developing church planters in the majority Moslem world. Amanda trains and serves women in leadership – teaching on Biblical equality and strengthening regional networks of women. She helps men and women to work together more effectively. Amanda has experience in church planting in London and Sydney; she was the Director of a development charity in Australia and the founding Director of Micah Challenge Australia. She has an MA in English Literature (Sydney University) and postgraduate diplomas in education (Macquarie University) and media (Birkbeck College, London).

Dr Asia Williamson

Asia is a graduate from Harvard University Kennedy School of Public Leadership and the director of the MA program in Public Service Leadership in the UK. In 2005 Asia and her husband Mark founded One Rock International that provides spiritual formation, leadership and mentoring for young generations in the marketplace Alongside her work with One Rock, Asia is a lecturer in theology and leadership both in the UK and the USA, she is an author of two biographies and is currently working on her third book. She is the Leadership Development Catalyst for Lausanne Movement, seats on the executive team for Young Generations at Lausanne and helps with intergenerational work among the Lausanne Issue network groups. Asia is the CWR Asia Director, envisioning and leading the work of a non-profit registered in Singapore and founded by Selwyn Hugh the author of Everyday With Jesus.

Both Amanda and Asia are part of the Rise Team: