It began with a conversation. A woman I know, pastor of a church and a prominent leader in her denomination now, was talking to me about her struggles in her call to ministry. She commented in passing, ‘I felt God’s call when I was young but I didn’t know of any role models – I’d never met, or even heard of, a female pastor or preacher.’

It’s a story I’d heard before, of course, but I knew that when this woman was young she was in the church that I now help lead. My own daughters are very used to seeing women preaching and leading in our church now, but the story hit me with new force then, and I made a vow that day that I would do whatever I could to make sure that the stories of the great female church leaders of the past were heard and known by daughters across the world.

Alabaster Jar is one way of trying to fulfil that vow.