Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Dr. James LaGrand
The 1970s was a decade of great political unrest and massive social change that touched every aspect of life. The Christian church was not an exception to the shifts taking place in society, and many denominations responded to the rapid changes in American culture. The Assemblies of God was a relatively young denomination during this decade and was still struggling to define itself in some areas, particularly regarding its position on women in ministry. The denomination’s ambivalent attitude toward women in ministry in previous years was further affected by the emergence of a third wave of the women’s movement and a variety of expressions of feminism. This collision of beliefs tended to create a dissonance for many Christian women regarding their role both in the home and in the church. However, the experiences of many women serving in Assemblies of God ministries in the 1970s, and in the years that followed, have shown that it may be possible for Christian women to maintain their religious convictions while still adopting moderate feminist ideology in their daily life.
Babcock, Caitlin, "Finding Who We Are: The Assemblies of God and Feminism in the 1970s" (2010). Honors Projects and Presentations: Undergraduate. 70.