Historical Survey of Perspectives towards Latino Women in Ministry in the American Culture

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Ministerial Leadership (MAML)


College of Christian Ministries and Religion


Department of Christian Ministries and Religion

Primary Advisor

Sam Hemby, Ph.D.


Perhaps the greatest advances in the evolution of society's customs and cultural differences between the Western and Eastern hemispheres is in the unspoken beliefs regarding the importance and influence of women in the life of the community through the ministry of the church. Many still believe that female contribution should be limited only to what has been interpreted of the Apostle Paul's writings. Taking into consideration that we are a multi-cultural nation, the attention will focus on Hispanic/Latino women in the American culture and their contribution to the local community and the Kingdom of God. Until recently, few women had the ability to pursue leadership positions in more than a few denominations. Looking back in Scripture, women played an important role in the ministry of Jesus, the Prophets, and the Primitive Church. They not only provided financial support, but also offered protection for the believers by opening their homes as refuges and meeting places for those facing persecution. By studying the abilities and limitations of women during the past 100 years, we could recognize the potential that could be explored for the benefit of the Kingdom and future generations.

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