The roles of women in ministry within three British Pentecostal denominations (1915-1940)

Hocking, Janet Ridley (2021). The roles of women in ministry within three British Pentecostal denominations (1915-1940). University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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After the methodology chapter and two contextual chapters tracing the background factors, the three central chapters deal with the three earliest Pentecostal denominations in turn. Research on the pioneering efforts of church-based evangelistic activity in early Pentecostalism abounds, whereas scant attention has been paid hitherto to the part played by women in this period. This thesis discovers and recasts the women and their ministry roles. It allows their voices from this early period to be heard and their testimonies to be successfully gathered and preserved before they become lost forever. Written and archival material relating to each denomination during this era is examined for any mention of women and analysed. Quantitative and qualitative data is gathered via the administration of a two-part interview survey questionnaire to elderly Pentecostals (veterans) who either ministered themselves or knew women who had ministered in early Elim (1915-1940), Apostolic (1916-1940) or Assemblies of God (1924-1940) Pentecostalism. Archival material previously not in the public domain and, involving the Elim denomination predominantly, is drawn upon to determine Aimee Semple McPherson’s contribution to early British Pentecostalism. Literature by other scholars written to discover women and their voices in other church groups is reviewed and I dialogue with these scholars in the conclusion chapter. This research is undertaken to add to women’s studies in Pentecostalism and begins where an earlier study on women in revivals (1907-1914) concludes.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
Licence: All rights reserved
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
School or Department: School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion
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