Honors Program Theses


Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Michael Graziano, Honors Thesis Advisor


This paper identifies the tension between college women in leadership positions in ministry and the leadership positions they can cannot hold after graduation. Through personal narrative, this tension is initially identified and described. This paper uses the Passion Conferences as a case study for trends in greater college ministry environments. By analyzing the history of women in the Evangelical church, it is concluded that women are put in positions in college that they cannot hold after graduation. This tension is perpetuated by continual complementarian messaging that underlies an outwardly egalitarian-based ministry. It is discovered and discussed that women are aware of the limitations placed on their leadership positions, though the transparency of organizations is not consistent, and the intentionality behind the limitations is poorly documented. The results are paired with the results of surveying college ministries on my local campus, and the results are reaffirmed through these surveys.

Year of Submission



Department of Philosophy and World Religions

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors

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