Who are NADAWM?
NADAWM aims to be a resource to the Church of England. We advise and support the National Church, our Diocesan Senior Staff and women in ministry on a range of issues, as we all work together to make the Church of England a place where women can flourish in their calling.
Above is a photograph of the Diocesan Advisers in Women’s Ministry (DAWMs) at our last conference. Almost all dioceses in the Church of England have a DAWM who is a part of the NADAWM network. We all meet at an annual conference whilst regional groups meet more regularly throughout the year.
NADAWM seeks to EQUIP, EVALUATE and ENGAGE:
• we equip and support DAWMs through induction and networking, sharing expertise and best practice to help them be an effective resource in their diocese
• we equip our dioceses to be places which support women in ministry
• we equip the national church through theological reflections and practical observations which support the Church's commitment to gender equality
• we equip women through providing networking opportunities and promoting training, development opportunities and other helpful information
• we evaluate what is going well for women in ministry and share best practice
• we evaluate what isn't working and see if there are emerging trends
• we evaluate the data e.g. representation in vocations, senior posts, church-planting roles, larger churches, senior staff, TIs and Area Deans etc.
• we evaluate the outworkings of the Five Guiding Principles
• we engage with other organisations working to support the flourishing of women in ministry e.g. Transformations, WATCH, Awesome etc (click for websites)
• we engage with the wider issues in society which affect women's ministry in the Church
• we engage with intersectionality recognising that there are other factors which can compound barriers to women exercising their ministry e.g. race, disability, sexuality, poverty/class, age
• we engage with broader diversity work, bringing our experience of being a marginalised group to support others working with other underrepresented groups in the Church