Details for Women and Christian Ministry

Helen Reddy made headlines when her feminist anthem hit #1 on the Billboard Charts in 1972. Do you want to have the same empowering impact for women in your ministry context? This unit seeks to explore the place of women in Australasian society, both past and present, inside and outside of the church. Particularly it will examine what is the place of women in ministry by drawing on key examples, to provide tools for women (and their supporters) to be released and successful in their ministry today.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: MIN230
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Jacqueline Grey


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Women and Christian Ministry

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content

Curriculum Objective

This subject examines the place and function of women in ministry, and the nature of ministry to women in Australasian society in general and Pentecostalism in particular from biblical, theological, historical, and cultural perspectives.


  1. Critically evaluate the sociological and religious factors affecting gender roles throughout church history;
  2. Discuss the role of the bible in the current debate over women in ministry and leadership;
  3. Analyse the contexts in which female leaders operate in churches. This includes particular focus on Pentecostal contexts;
  4. Examine the place of women in contemporary church ministries.

Subject Content

  1. Biblical foundations of women in ministry
  2. The role of women in contemporary society
  3. Feminism and women’s movement’s
  4. Theological and charismatic perspectives on women and ministry
  5. Women in the formation and growth of Australian Pentecostalism
  6. Challenges and possibilities for women ministers

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to Face (onsite)
  • Distance/E-learning (online)
  • Intensive (One week: 7 hours per day for 5 days = 35 class hours + approx 108 hours out of class time for research, writing, exam preparation and execution, ancillary activities associated with completion of assigned tasks)

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

  • Major Essay (50%)
  • Interveiw Analysis (30%)
  • Forum Discussion (20%)

Prescribed Text

  • Clifton, S. & Grey, J., (eds) Raising Women Leaders:
  • Perspectives on Liberating Women in Pentecostal and Charismatic Contexts, APS Supplement 3, Sydney: APS, 2009.

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