Date of Award
Barnett College of Ministry & Theology
Dr. Melissa Archer
The number of women in pastoral leadership within the Assemblies of God grows by the addition of credentialed women. While the numbers seem increasingly exponential, their validity in credentialed growth of women is staggered, lacking true egalitarian equality. It is questioned how many credentialed women are actually in an active, executive role of leadership within the A.G. Data from the A.G. examines the increase in female credentialing and ministry status over a fifteen-year span and its contribution to the total number of female ministers. Biblical theology and historical examples enhance the credibility and authority of female leadership while gender roles and gender studies reveal women’s struggle in obtaining such opportunities. Contrary to what has been assumed, women’s pastoral leadership among men is still projected towards inequality over the next eighty years. Findings indicate the need for an increase in women’s credentialing with the A.G. in order for the total percent of female ministers to rise. Without data of women’s specific role in ministry status, it is hard to infer the impact women truly contribute to the Assemblies of God’s ministers.
Butler, Carolyne D., "WOMEN IN PASTORAL LEADERSHIP WITHIN THE ASSEMBLIES OF GOD: HOW CAN THE NUMBERS ADVANCE?" (2020). Selected Honors Theses. 134.