An Investigation of the Place of Women in Selected Pentecostal Churches in Limuru District, Kiambu County.
AbstractWomen constitute the majority of the population in Pentecostal churches. They play pivotal roles in the welfare and development of such churches. Despite these roles, they remain under- represented in the top management of majority of them. The proposed study intends to investigate this discrepancy with the aim of unveiling causative factors that have led to such a reality. This study will focus on three Pentecostal churches: the Disciples of Christ Church, the Bethel and the Church of God. The three churches have been selected because they share common teachings and practices towards women leadership in the church. Although these churches have a hierarchical structure of leadership, women who constitute the majority are left out in the hierarchy. The women are mainly found in the low cadre of the churches' ministries. The apparent under-representation of women in top leadership has motivated the intended research to investigate the basis of their positioning. The argument of this study is that the women in these churches have something to contribute in the church leadership, and thus should be encouraged to do that. The study will be done in Limuru district of Kiambu county, which is in Central Kenya.The objectives of the study is to assess the place of women in the selected Pentecostal churches, investigate the modalities used to position women, investigate whether the positions occupied by women in the selected Pentecostal churches are influenced by African religion and culture, and implore strategies that can enhance women participation in these churches leadership. The premise of the study is among others that the women are unfairly represented in top leadership of these churches. The Literature has been reviewed thematically. The proposed study will be guided by a combination of role congruity theory, social role theory and glass ceiling theory. The study will use Descriptive Survey Design as it is qualitative in nature. Primary data collection will be through self administered questionnaires, scheduled interviews and participant field observation. Secondary data will be through content analysis of stored electronic data and library books. The target population will be members of the three churches from Limuru District. The sample size will comprise of 148 respondents drawn from amongst the clergy, men, women and youth leaders, lay men and women. The leaders of the churches will be selected through purposive sampling as they will be intended to give specific information. The lay respondents will be randomly selected so as to give equal and unbiased chances to all lay members of these churches. Qualitative data and Quantitative methods of data analysis will be used to analyze data. The data will be presented in the form of narratives and frequency tables.