Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Leadership, Women, Pastor
Christianity | Counseling | Religion
Hackett, Jonathan R., "Understanding and Equipping Female Leadership at Prosperous Temple Church of God in Christ" (2021). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 2822.
Debates on whether women qualify to take up church leadership have persisted over the years. In 2016, there was an instance in Alabama where a woman was appointed as the assistant pastor of a church. Within three months of her service, the number of congregants dropped. Efforts by the church management to unravel the cause of the decline revealed that a majority of the people, particularly women, who canceled their church attendance were uncomfortable with women taking up leadership positions. The case informed this research, which will use the case study of Prosperous Temple Church of God in Christ. The study will explore perceptions of whether women should take up church leadership positions or not.