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Women's Leadership Development Group


The St John’s Theological College Women's Leadership Development Group (WLDG) exists to serve Anglican women in leadership women in lay or ordained ministry, and/or women who have either been or are being trained theologically.  


Our purpose is to discover, grow, send and support Anglican female leaders to be confident, courageous, credible, competent, and generous disciples who disciple others, using the spiritual gifts, knowledge, and skills God has given them for ministry and mission – for the sake of the world.

We hope to do this Intergenerationally and in partnership with Dioceses, Hui Amorangi, and the AWSC, by creating a provincial network where friendship and collegiality might be discovered, given and received – through networking, training and mentoring and advocacy.

To achieve these aspirations – we would love your contribution!


If you would like to contact, receive updates or let us know how you might be able to contribute to this developing WLDG network please click here to email the group coordinator.



Discover those God is calling into ministry and mission through,

  • Creating a provincial network where friendship and collegiality might be discovered, given and received

  • Online story circles

  • Vocational retreats

  • Resourcing current leaders to encourage and support young women to explore their calling and vocation.

Grow emerging female leaders by,

  • Affirming and developing their confidence and gifts, and providing opportunities for supported practice through:

    • Networking

    • Ministry exchanges and shared best practice

    • Specialist training

    • Mentoring/coaching relationships

Send and support them:

  • Into roles where their flourishing leads to the flourishing of their communities and to a new generation of women in leadership. This includes ‘shoulder tapping’ fellow women leaders to prompt them to consider senior roles.

  • Support them by facilitating peer mentoring communities and coaching relationships across generations and localities.

  • Actively advocate for representation of women at governance and leadership level, and provide training and support focussed on this institutional challenge.

  • Actively research challenges and opportunities unique to women in leadership and provide forums/hui for reflexive dialogue and action that include men.  


Meet the wāhine involved with the Women's Leadership Development Group.

Meet the Group


Anglican Women’s Studies Centre

The Anglican Women’s Studies Centre was set up by General Synod to serve and to advance the interests and needs of the women of this Church particularly those undertaking theological training.

We have a working partnership with AWSC and collaborated with this year them to offer our first writing retreat.

The Company

The Company is a communion of Australian and New Zealand women either contemplating or committed to church planting, journeying together and being trained and equipped to bring the good news to their community. It is highly relational, deeply formational, contextual, organic, and missional.

The John Kinder Theological Library

The library for the Anglican Church in Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia provides thousands of books and is free to join for members of the Anglican and Methodist church. It is a wonderful resource and we have spent many hours engaging with the books and online journal articles made available to us.

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