Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Breaking the Glass Ceiling: African-American Clergywomen in the Baptist Church, a Narrative Inquiry
by Parker-McCullough, Betty A., D.M., University of Phoenix, 2020, 221; 27957639
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this qualitative research study with a narrative inquiry design was to acquire the insights of 15 African-American Baptist clergywomen and each of their particular journeys to overcoming barriers that led to their success in attaining senior pastoral leadership positions. In particular, there was a specific exploration of education, mentorship, training, assumptions, and barriers that were instrumental in their perspective success. In this qualitative narrative inquiry, the researcher obtained insights into the leadership

experiences of 10 African-American clergywomen who were pastors and assistant pastors in Africa-American Baptist churches in the Hampton Roads and Tidewater area in Virginia.

The general problem was the loss of members in the African-American Baptist Church is the result of the church’s inability to keep young women, who are either leaving religion or are switching their membership to other evangelical churches (Grant, 2016). The specific problem is there are many African-American women with excellent leadership qualifications in Baptist congregations, but a limited number are in senior leadership positions (Marina & Fonteneau, 2012). Snowballing and purposive sampling methods were used to select the ten participants. Six themes emerged that were serving in support roles need for mentorship, self-defeating/non-gender acceptance barriers, higher education, support from previous pastors, and longevity regarding their succession to senior leadership positions in the African American Baptist churches in the Hampton Roads and Tidewater area of Virginia.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Meux, Consuelo
Commitee: Wells, Virginia, Lewis, Harriet
School: University of Phoenix
Department: School of Advanced Studies
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 81/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Womens studies, African American Studies, Religion
Keywords: Breaking the glass-ceiling, intersectionality, Marginalization, Role incongruity, Self-defeating, Social role
Publication Number: 27957639
ISBN: 9798641839387
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