Details for Women and Christian Ministry

Pentecostals have long emphasised the importance of women in leadership in our churches. However there has been a waning of confidence in this value as questions are raised over passages such as 1 Timothy 2:12 ("I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet" NIV). How do Pentecostals navigate their theology of Spirit -empowerment yet read these pssages faithfully? This unit seeks to explore issues for and about women in Christian Ministry from a practical perspective. It looks at the theological and bibllical issues to provide a solid foundation for women leaders. It also looks at 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;
  5. Demonstrate a broad knowledge of key Christian women, across historical and cultural boundaries, that have influenced the perception of women in ministry;
  6. Construct a personal philosophy of women in ministry.

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 University College.

Assessment Methods

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

Prescribed Text

  • Primary readings provided