Women in Church Leadership in the North East of England: A Sociological Inquiry.
(2017) Women in Church Leadership in the North East of England: A Sociological Inquiry., no. 64.
This research has the aim of exploring what it is that fundamentally influences and shapes the everyday experiences of women working in a position of church leadership within the North East of England. This will be done through an analysis of the accounts of five women working in such positions. The foundation to this research study will be an exploration of literature depicting potential factors of influence such as secularization, biblical gender role ideologies and an evaluation of other studies which recount the stories of women working in specific areas of church leadership. A constructivist, phenomenological stand point provides this study with a way of understanding the individual and unique nature of each of the participants lived experiences. The findings of this research study show that charismatic leadership is an attribute which is intrinsic to these women, it is evident in the ways in which they enact their leadership and also in the ways in which church members respond to them. This suggests that gender to these women was not what defined their capabilities but rather their charismatic abilities, skills and personalities.