Date of Award

Fall 2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Barnett College of Ministry & Theology


Department of Christian Ministries and Religion

Primary Advisor

Dr. Alan J. Ehler

Second Advisor

Dr. Samuel Huddleston

Third Advisor

Dr. Jim Vigil


Although the Azusa Street Revival, known for launching the modern Pentecostal Movement, was initially characterized by minority diversity in regard to leadership, it quickly splintered into three classic Pentecostal fellowships formed along racial lines. The research presented herein examines the racially segregated history of the Pentecostal Church in North America—acknowledging the need for the implementation of a biblically based theology of racial integration—and presents a four-step process in which minority leadership within individual Pentecostal churches is promoted, combatting the unbiblical ideology of a segregated body of Christ. The four steps include (1) the necessity for a strong visionary leader; (2) a committed team to help facilitate the work; (3) a workable strategy leading to accomplishment; and (4) the preservation of successful results by cementing them into the governing documents of the organization. The findings of this research point toward genuine progress as established leaders follow the four basic steps toward success, despite the setbacks of recent racial tensions within the social climate of the United States.