Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
single women, action-research, exclusion, inclusion, mentoring, perception
Religion | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Johnson, Bernadine C., "A Single Woman’s Concerns and Struggles: Reversing the Perception of Exclusion in the Church in the Twenty-First Century and Beyond" (2022). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3591.
The thesis research project seeks to offer the readers of the project solutions to changing perceptions while improving single women's experiences as critical community members and the local church in the twenty-first century and beyond. This study will employ mixed methods analysis using both qualitative and quantitative data. The project includes a survey by single individuals between the ages of eighteen and sixty-five or older via email. Participants will complete a thirty-two-question survey characterizing exclusionary practices in the church processes, leading to the perception of exclusion revolving around family relationships. The results of this study may allow for the positive perception of inclusion, the building of self-identity, and an increase in self-esteem; by bringing awareness to the importance of the perception of inclusion of single women in the local church and revealing opportunities for mentorship in areas that lead to spiritual growth for women.