Women in Christian Ministry (MA/PhD)


Fall 2023
Tues 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Women in church leadership is one of the most crucial issues facing the church, the academy and the society. The #metoo movement and the debate on the role of men and women in the home, church and society may be the major issues among North American evangelicals, and the relationship of gender to subordination within the Trinity has been a major focus. In this course, we will allow you the space that you need to process the issues. Christian leaders and committed lay people will do well to understand the current situation, work on a coherent biblical theology, and discern their own role and ministry or courses of action in the home, church, and culture. This course will give each student the opportunity and resources to explore this issue in their area of specialization and to benefit from the insights and contributions of the other areas. The focus of research in the course may extend beyond gender roles to include contemporary concerns such as sexuality and sexual behavior, eating disorders, pornography, domestic violence, and the sex trade.

This course will be a study of the biblical role of women in ministry as it relates to the Church & Culture, Christian Worldview and Pastoral Studies. The title of the course, Women & Ministry, reflects the ontology and function of both genders.


  • Interpret the concept of gender and how it relates to various issues, practices and problems concerning women and ministry.
  • Detect the role gender has played in the student’s own story
  • Identify the key biblical texts that concern gender and work towards understanding their interpretation within a coherent biblical theology


  • Experience a fusion of identity in Christ, calling and community with gender
  • Be a proactive participant in the evangelical conversation on gender in a way that is consistent with the student’s calling.
  • Be prepared to teach a course on women in ministry


  • Process current gender issues, passages and concerns with classmates.
  • Research a passage or topic and make a scholarly contribution to the study of gender and ministry.
  • Develop a syllabus to teach a Gender and Ministry course