Be the Gift
By Rev Cham Kaur-Mann, Liz Dumain

Just happily breezed through Black Friday and Cyber Monday - offers galore!  On-line deals, market deals, shop front deals… the list is endless!  You may think I’ve gone over the top… well, you may be right!  It’s very easy to get caught up in the frenzied preoccupation of getting ‘a bargain’ at this time of the year!  Especially for this particular ‘3-for-the-price-of-2-bargain-hunter’, who just can’t resist the adrenaline rush of scooping up a bargain or two and announcing it with great pride at home, to anyone who’ll listen…  not just once, or twice... the gleeful announcements could last for days!

Now I know that I’m up against uber slick adverts, tantalising promos… and even the John Lewis advert!   However, I’d love to take just a few minutes of your time to do a little plug of my own!  I promise… there’ll be no celebrities to front the campaign, or a famous singer to sing ‘the’ song!  Here’s an invitation from Us to You, if you need a gift idea!

Just imagine… Every time you purchase a copy of Kate’s book 7 Deadly Sins of Women in Leadership and/or participate in a she rises programme, you will be partnering with Next Leadership to release she rises resources to women leaders in the Global South (by the way, we hope you like our new logo). 

At a time when questions continue to be raised regarding the value of women in general, and the value of a woman’s leadership in particular… just imagine how your purchase, could make a difference to the lives of women leaders, and the role models of the future.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to know that your support has provided a woman leader with the opportunity to reimagine her future… a future of hope and possibility, a future in which she’s freed to realise her potential?

So why not join us in our ‘audacious’, God-inspired 10th anniversary goal, to reach 1 million women over 5 years?  Why not purchase a copy of the book (hard copy or audio)?  Unfortunately, our paths may never cross but together we can contribute to the vision of ‘she rises’.

Liz Dumain, is partnering with us in our anniversary celebrations and writes the following:

“Nearly 5 years ago I took part in a residential with about 30 women based on Kate Coleman’s book ‘7 Deadly Sins of Women in Leadership’.

Over a few days we listened, talked, laughed and cried as the contents inspired, challenged, and changed us. I made friends for life, and over the years I have bought and given away many copies of the book and returned to its wisdom many times.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the book and the #sherises programme, I’m gathering the women who are part of  my Parish Mission Support team at Church of England Birmingham once a month from January, to read a chapter at a time and digest what we’re learning over breakfast or lunch.

We’re a mixed group with leadership in common: some have been leading for a long time, others are new to leadership, but we are all excited about learning and growing together and I’m expectant that God will do great things with us together.” 

Liz’ commitment is a reminder that when one person steps up/rises on behalf of another, anything is possible.  As we approach Christmas, let’s follow Jesus in creating life-giving opportunities for others…  for ‘when I rise, I ensure that she rises and when she rises, we all rise’.

Christ-filled blessings to you all! 

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About the authors

Rev Cham Kaur-Mann

Rev Cham Kaur-Mann has nearly 20 years leadership experience, in the church, charity and voluntary sectors and is a mentor and coach to leaders. She is the first (and currently only) Asian woman minister within the Baptist Union of Great Britain.

Cham is Co-Director of Next Leadership and has also worked with the Cinnamon Network as the Trainers’ Team Manager, delivering leadership training across the UK.

She is a motivational speaker with a unique and compelling ability to ‘story a story’.  Cham mentors, coaches and supports leaders from a variety of sectors.  She is author of ‘Images of Jesus’ and ‘Are there traditional “women’s ministries”?’

Cham is a Certified Stakeholder Centered Coach.

Liz Dumain

Liz longs to see everyone explore an exciting life-long journey of ‘life in all its fullness’; filling her own life with coffee, interesting conversation, specialty gin and Jesus (not necessarily in that order!)

A life and ministry coach, speaker, author and bible college lecturer, Liz currently works for the Church of England in Birmingham as Director of Growing Younger, leading teams supporting local youth ministry and mission consultancy, and leads ‘Encounter’ an experimental congregation in her church.