Gender Relations in the Black Church: Pentecostal Ecclesiology and Women's Leadership Roles in Transition
Research Anthology on Challenges for Women in Leadership Roles
This chapter examines the lived experiences of women in the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) and presents a model for partnership in leadership with clerics and churchwomen. The model is based on the premise of the visionary founder and “Chief Apostle” of this denomination. Histories of churchwomen in this organization portray them as staunch supporters of ministries in the church. Women in leadership roles were defined by the founder as overseers—a term suggesting honorary prestige to women that was equal to clerical positions in the church. Following the death of the founder, however, churchwomen encountered barriers to leadership positions which lowered their status and authority thus impacting their inclusion, agency, and voice in matters of church leadership and governance.
Bragg, Cynthia B., "Gender Relations in the Black Church: Pentecostal Ecclesiology and Women's Leadership Roles in Transition" (2021). College of Liberal Arts. 137.