Biblical and Theological Foundations of Women in Ministry – WMIN 520

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

This course examines the biblical and theological foundations of women in ministry. Particular attention will be given to the biblical passages dealing with women in leadership positions and the theological discussions surrounding women in ministry.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


The purpose of this course is to provide female students with a biblical and theological basis for women in ministry. Because orthodoxy leads to orthopraxi, this course will examine sources that are considered authoritative for the church (including Scripture, tradition, and theological reasoning) in order to lay a strong foundation for a variety of ministries.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the Old and New Testament passages related to women in ministry.
  2. Formulate a theological analysis justifying the role of women in ministry.
  3. Examine the concept of the Imago Dei and its implications on the role of women in ministry.
  4. Defend a biblical position for the role of women in ministry.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

There will be 3 total Discussion Board Forums throughout this course. The student will be required to provide a thread in response to the provided topic for each forum. Each thread must be 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200 words.


The student will gather a list of 10 scholarly resources that he/she will use to complete his/her Bibliography. These scholarly resources must pertain to the content of the course.

Annotated Bibliography

The student will write a 5–6-page annotated bibliography in current Turabian format that focuses on the biblical and theological basis for women in ministry. The paper must include at least 10 entries in addition to the course textbooks. Each entry must include roughly half a page of a written summary of the book’s major arguments and how this helps to formulate a biblical and theological foundation for women in ministry.

Rough Draft

The student will be required to submit a rough draft of his/her Position Paper in the Discussion Board Forum. The Rough Draft must be to 5–7 pages of written text.

Rough Draft Peer Review

The student will peer-review the Rough Draft of classmates and provide feedback for improvement on his/her Position Paper. The student must give substantive feedback (encouraging as well as constructive criticism) of at least 300 words to a minimum of 2 classmates.

Book Critique

The student will read Man as Male and Female: A Study in Sexual Relationship from a Theological Point of View by Paul Jewett and write a 4–5-page paper critiquing the book. The student will include 4 sections in the critique: an introduction, a brief summary, a critical interaction with the book, and a conclusion. The critique must follow current Turabian format and include a title page and bibliography (which does not count toward the final page count).

Position Paper

The student will write a 5–7-page position paper, describing his/her position on women in ministry based upon the Genesis account, Imago Dei theology, and other pertinent biblical and theological concepts discussed in this course. The paper must be written in current Turabian format and include at least 3 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.