AN EXAMINATION OF GENDER-BASED WORLDVIEW OBSTACLES TO THE ORDINATION OF WOMEN: A CASE STUDY OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST IN NIGERIA

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ABSTRACT

Women’s rejection of the ordained ministry is perhaps the biggest ambiguity, dissatisfaction, and vulnerability they confront in their work in churches today. While many women are currently enrolled in seminaries for theological education and women have found personal spiritual inspiration in helping with mission work in Nigeria, they have frequently struggled with the issue of gender disparity imposed by church tradition and have suffered as a result of church doctrinal disputes.

In many ways, progress towards greater parity between men and women in ordained ministry has halted in the Church of Christ in Nigeria. Almost all areas of endeavor for women are impacted by the idea of the gendered division of labor and the idea of women’s subordination to men. The project’s findings showed that women are treated as acquired property, second-class citizens, and have fewer leadership and economic chances than men.

In this study, I examined the ecclesiological problems surrounding the ordination of women into pastoral ministry and claim that the issue of excluding women from the ordained ministry is a sociological contrivance that oppresses women and blocks them.

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