"Pentecostal/Charismatic Movement in Ghana: The Trajectory of Women in Ministerial Leadership"
At the dawn of the Pentecostal and Charismatic movement in Ghana in the early 20th century, the path of women’s roles and leadership took a different turn. Women were no longer invisible but in the limelight and steered affairs. My PhD study explores, discusses, and analyzes women’s ongoing leadership pathways in Ghana’s Pentecostal/Charismatic movement. The Pentecostal/Charismatic movement has witnessed remarkable growth and influence in Ghana over the past few decades, and my research focuses specifically on the role of women within this religious landscape.
Through an examination of historical developments, religious perspectives, and societal factors, I seek to shed light on the changing dynamics and challenges faced by women seeking leadership positions within Pentecostal/Charismatic churches in Ghana. In my presentation, I explore the factors that have facilitated or hindered their rise to ministerial leadership and examine these developments' impact on Ghana's larger socio-religious fabric. By analyzing empirical data and engaging with existing literature, the research contributes to a better understanding of the gender dynamics and power structures within Ghana’s Pentecostal/Charismatic movement in Ghana, ultimately aiming to promote gender equality and inclusivity in religious leadership.