Women in the Mission of the Church: Their Opportunities and Obstacles throughout Christian History

Women in the Mission of the Church: Their Opportunities and Obstacles throughout Christian History

by Leanne M. Dzubinski, Anneke H. Stasson


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Women have been central to the work of Christian ministry from the time of Jesus to the twenty-first century. Yet the story of Christianity is too often told as a story of men. This accessibly written book tells the story of women throughout church history, demonstrating their integral participation in the church's mission. It highlights the legacies of a wide variety of women, showing how they have overcome obstacles to their ministries and have transformed cultural constraints to spread the gospel and build the church.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781540960726
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/20/2021
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Leanne M. Dzubinski (PhD, University of Georgia) is associate dean, associate professor of intercultural education and studies, and director of the intercultural education graduate program at Biola University in La Mirada, California.

Anneke H. Stasson (PhD, Boston University) is associate professor of humanities and history at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Women in Ministry Is Not a Twentieth-Century Phenomenon
Part 1: Women's Leadership in the Early Church
1. Patrons, Missionaries, Apostles, Widows, and Martyrs
2. Virgins, Scholars, Desert Mothers, and Deacons
Part 2: Women's Leadership in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages
3. Mothers, Sisters, Empresses, and Queens
4. Medieval Nuns
5. Beguines and Mystics
Part 3: Women's Leadership Since the Reformation
6. Women Preachers in America
7. Social Justice Activists
8. Denominational Missionaries and Bible Women
9. Faith Missionaries, Evangelists, and Church Founders
Conclusion: Women's Leadership in the Church

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