Exploring Asian Female Pastors' leadership roles in the church: Using Deborah's story Academic Article uri icon


  • Women in many Christian cultures are told that men are strong and should lead the church. Consequently, some women rationalize that they should not assume top leadership roles in the church. When they do assume such roles, many female pastors experience challenges. The purpose of our qualitative case study was to give voice to Asian female pastors (AFPs) by having them share challenges they experienced in the Taiwanese Presbyterian Church and relate those challenges to the experiences of Deborah in the biblical story found in Judges 4 and 5. Reported in this paper are the results of focus groups centered on a feminist commentary of Deborah's story. The voices of the AFPs speak to reconstruct traditional patriarchal theological thought. 2010 Yu-Fen Lin, Chi-Sing Li, Beverly J. Irby, and Genevieve Brown, and Nova Southeastern University.

published proceedings

  • Qualitative Report

author list (cited authors)

  • Lin, Y. F., Li, C. S., Irby, B. J., & Brown, G.

complete list of authors

  • Lin, YF||Li, CS||Irby, BJ||Brown, G

publication date

  • November 2010