Women Leaders in Ghanaian Pentecostal/Charismatic Churches

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dc.contributor.advisor Dovlo, E.
dc.contributor.advisor Amoah, E.
dc.contributor.advisor Westerlund, D.
dc.contributor.author Novieto, E.E.
dc.contributor.other University of Ghana, College of Humanities, School of Arts, Department of Religions.
dc.date.accessioned 2014-08-06T15:13:56Z
dc.date.accessioned 2017-10-13T15:38:48Z
dc.date.available 2014-08-06T15:13:56Z
dc.date.available 2017-10-13T15:38:48Z
dc.date.issued 2013-06
dc.description Thesis (PhD) - University of Ghana, 2013
dc.description.abstract There seem, in the 21 st century, to be a new generation of women leaders who are playing major leadership roles, such as becoming pastors and establishing their own churches. Previous women’s leadership was confined to leading women, children and groups within their churches. This research seeks to investigate the factors influencing the changing status of women in the Pentecostal and Charismatic Churches. It also examines the leadership roles of Pentecostalist women. The research is founded on the intersectionality theory which holds that a number of factors interact to influence the place and position of women. The work is also set within Max Weber’s (1864-1920) concept of charismatic leadership which is based on divine origin and a form of heroism. Data was collected through interviews, participant observation, as well as messages of these women leaders, where available. The work focuses on the life and ministry of three women leaders in three selected Pentecostal and Charismatic Churches. Two of these women have founded and led a church and prayer centre while the third, a wife of a head pastor, is also recognised as the co-founder of the church. The research revealed that some women do not go through any formal theological training before assuming church leadership. Some of such women may use claims to the Holy Spirit’s empowerment to legitimise their call to leadership, mainly against the backdrop of society’s hesitation to accept women’s leadership. Indeed, in addition to the challenge of society’s reluctance in certain cases to accept their leadership, women who wish to take up leadership position have to contend with the wider society’s affirmation of their position. This means, as leaders, these women have had to prove their capabilities to their communities of faith to gain acceptance. Besides that, women leaders also negotiate their social and religious spaces in order to perform their roles as leaders. In the process, they sometimes endorse religious and socially accepted norms which contradict women’s empowerment. In spite of these challenges, women have unique roles and contributions as leaders in the Pentecostal and Charismatic Churches. These include counselling, service to the community especially the needy and special focus on mentoring fellow women. Thus, it is important for women to continue to play significant leadership roles in the church to enhance its growth. The reason is that women in leadership as the research further shows can go a long way to complement the role of their male counterparts. Ultimately, not only the Pentecostal and Charismatic society but the society as a whole benefits from such leadership. It is hoped that the example of these women would create greater opportunities for future female leadership in the church. This study contributes to the historical study of women in Pentecostal movement in Ghana. en_US
dc.format.extent xi, 287p.
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Ghana en_US
dc.subject Pentecostal/Charismatic Churches
dc.subject Women Leaders
dc.subject Women Pastors
dc.subject Pentecostalist Women
dc.title Women Leaders in Ghanaian Pentecostal/Charismatic Churches en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.rights.holder University of Ghana

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