Breaking Barriers by Professor Ona C Miller
Women in leadership may possess the necessary education, training, and development to lead within Christian ministry however; they must remove barriers to be successful (Herrera et al., 2012).
The societal perception of women has been passed down through cultural teachings while misrepresenting female Christian ministry leaders (Vasavada, 2012). Women in leadership have not always been accepted due to tradition and cultural perceptions, regardless women should not eliminate their leadership assignments. (Bacha & Walker, 2013). Additionally, discussion was regarding the cultural behaviors of women in various leadership positions have learned to adapt and adopt many of the cultural perceptions. Their behaviors have also challenged the set traditions and rituals by going beyond the norm by reaching for what they are purposed to do (Paustian-Underdahl et al., 2014).
Inclusive of cultural perception and cultural behaviors, a continued discussion of cultural barriers examined a training tool for women in leadership to gain knowledge and influence in Christian ministry (Vevere, 2014). Gender diversity in leadership examines female Christian ministry leaders are influencing the nature of diversity and women in leadership are fostering relationships between diversity, Christian ministry, and society (Virick & Greer, 2012). Gender differences within certain organization are classified by a variety of metaphors, that signify biases and discriminatory obstacles that hinder women in leadership (Smith et al., 2012).
As females we must be committed to identifying those barriers and removing them from our lifestyles. We must examine our traditions and cultures to be certain not to pass down dysfunctional structures to future generations.