Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)



First Advisor

Christine Roush, DMin

Second Advisor

Karen Tremper, PhD

Third Advisor

Jason Clark, PhD, DMin


Emerging female leaders in the Pentecostal tradition have an opportunity to strengthen their spiritual formation and leadership development as they engage an everchanging ministry environment. Research indicates significant challenges for the female ministry leader as well as diminished access to programs designed to develop the necessary integration of leadership competency and spiritual wholeness. This research addresses the unique opportunity Pentecostal spirituality offers for spiritual and leadership growth. Building on existing research regarding female leadership, it asks: What do the components of Pentecostal formation and leadership development look like in the life of a female ministry leader?

Based on academic and field research, this dissertation highlights the integration of learning and practice in the life of the female leader, as well as the unique contribution of Pentecostal formation on this development. Section one introduces the theological and ministry challenges facing the female leader with an overview of egalitarianism and complementarianism as well as a third blended view. Cultural challenges within the church are also discussed in this section. Section two describes two other proposed solutions: the secular response and historical response of the Pentecostal movement. The diverse response of Pentecostal denominations is explored as well as the implications of barriers imposed on female leaders. Section three offers a framework of Pentecostal formation and leadership development that utilizes both individual and communal learning to strengthen leadership readiness. Utilizing this framework of experiential narrative, empowerment, and dismantling stereotypes, female ministry leaders will be prepared to engage an ever-changing ministry landscape. Section four briefly describes the artifact, an academic concentration for graduate programs of The King’s University. Section five details and outlines specific goals and objectives of the academic concentration. Section six offers a postscript, summary and reflections on the dissertation research.

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