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An exploration of the experiences of female seminary graduate as they seek to integrate into local church ministries

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dc.contributor.author Obat, Elizabeth A.
dc.date.accessioned 2014-04-22T12:43:48Z
dc.date.available 2014-04-22T12:43:48Z
dc.date.issued 2014-04-22
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/313
dc.description Africa International University (AIU) Intellectual output en_US
dc.description.abstract This study explores the experiences of female seminary graduates as they seek to integrate into local church ministries. Data was collected through face to face semi structured interviews, which were recorded and transcribed. The findings revealed that, if a female seminary graduate desires a successful integration into the local church ministries, then they must be sent by their churches. This must happen in the light of three key factors. First the church leadership should be the ones to recognize the gifting in the women and find a place for the expression of those gifts, Secondly, the church community should have had prior experience with women in significant roles hence be agreeable to women in ministry. Thirdly, the women should have an assurance of the personal divine calling. It is these factors that will enhance integration success. If the seminary graduate was not sent by the church and therefore has one or more of the above missing, the female seminary graduate will experience integration difficulties. Based on the findings the seminary needs to be in dialogue with the church to ensure integration success of the women they are training. The key question for them becomes, ' ... is it ethically responsible to accept tuition dollars from the women when the seminary leadership recognizes that their gender will hamper these women as they travel the pathway to ministry?' (Grenz 1995, 24). en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Female en_US
dc.subject Seminary en_US
dc.subject Graduate en_US
dc.subject Local Church en_US
dc.subject Ministries en_US
dc.subject Exploration en_US
dc.subject Experiences en_US
dc.title An exploration of the experiences of female seminary graduate as they seek to integrate into local church ministries en_US


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