Date of Award
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Barnett College of Ministry & Theology
Department of Christian Ministries and Religion
Dr. Alan J. Ehler
Dr. Samuel Huddleston
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.
Raburn, Terrell Robert, "GOD DOES NOT SHOW FAVORITISM: THE INTENTIONAL INCLUSION OF MINORITIES IN PENTECOSTAL LEADERSHIP" (2020). Doctor of Ministry (DMin). 14.