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Women's Path Into Ministry: Six Major Studies

Edward C. Lehman, Jr.

In a review of six major studies on clergywomen, Edward
C. Lehman, Jr., argues that women's ordination is one of the most
significant recent developments in American religion, fostering change
in churchgoers' attitudes toward women in leadership and expanding
the concept of ministry beyond the local congregation. Drawing upon
research conducted between 1982 and 1998, Lehman sketches the broad
outlines of a woman's "career path" into ministry, from
seminary and ordination through parish placement, and examines such
factors as collegiality, ministry style, and the influence of female
pastoral leadership on congregants, denominations, and culture. Includes
responses from four clergy. Dr. Lehman is a distinguished professor
emeritus of sociology at the State University of New York at Brockport
and a noted researcher on the sociology of religion.

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