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Divine CallingsUnderstanding the Call to Ministry in Black Pentecostalism$
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Richard N. Pitt

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814768235

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814768235.001.0001

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“Chew the Meat and Spit Out the Bones”

“Chew the Meat and Spit Out the Bones”

Negotiating Women’s Clerical Identity

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(p.182) 6 “Chew the Meat and Spit Out the Bones”
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Divine Callings
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Richard N. Pitt

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814768235.003.0007

This chapter gives voice to a set of ministers who have until now been absent from the samples informing our understanding of the clerical identity. Church of God in Christ women are missing from most studies of clergy because that institution continues to bar women from ordained ministry. Thus, the chapter examines the complex relationship between the church's rules against women's leadership and the various means by which female ministers continue to pursue their call to religious leadership positions. They, even more than men, find ways to exploit the zones of ambiguity present in institutional mandates intended to constrain their opportunities.

Keywords:   clerical identity, COGIC women, female ministers, religious leadership, women's leadership

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