ERIC Number: EJ1031504
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
Preparing Women for Baptist Church Leadership: Mentoring Impact on Beliefs and Practices of Female Ministers
Newkirk, Desiree; Cooper, Bruce S.
Journal of Research on Christian Education, v22 n3 p323-343 2013
Effective leadership is important in all organizations, and the Baptist church is no exception. Strong spiritual leaders can make a difference in the life of the institution and its members. Today, a growing number of African American women are answering the call to the Baptist church ministry; but the preparation, training, and mentoring are often insufficient. Ten African American women were interviewed to learn about their backgrounds, education, support, and roles as Baptist ministers in the church to discover perceptions of themselves as teachers, preachers, counselors, and leaders in the church and how they were trained and prepared to assume their leadership roles. Feminist and "servant leadership" theory provided the underpinning of this study. Research questions for study were: (1) In what ways did being mentored, or not, affect African American women ministers' perceptions of their effectiveness in ministry? (2) What relationship/role, if any, do mentors have in preparing these ministers to advance to a senior position of leadership within the Baptist Church? Major findings were that few ministers were willing to serve as mentors, although mentoring is vital for the growth in the position. Instead, women ministers were found to be self-motivated and personally inspired. Results also included role analysis of women ministers as teachers, preachers, counselors, and as mentors themselves. Sadly, the study found that in some cases women were not supporting other women in the Baptist church. Thus, being a woman in ministry is extremely challenging and this process is complicated even more when the minister is an African American woman.
Descriptors: Clergy, Females, Christianity, Churches, Spiritual Development, African Americans, Leadership Role, Mentors, Self Motivation
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