Doctor of Ministry

Year Approved


First Advisor

Berndt, Julie

Second Reader

Ken Cochrun


This study addressed the lack of understanding of transformational leadership characteristics and skills used by Latinas serving in Latino churches and Christian organizations in the United States. This qualitative research took a case study approach that included the review of biblical and theological framework and the relevant leadership literature research. It employed personal interviews, observations, denominational document review, and online surveys to provide insight into Latinas in authority roles. It was followed by the field research, analysis, and evaluation of the data. The research reflected the narrative of five Latinas in leadership in Latino Christian organizations, five Latinas leading Latino churches, and 25 Latinas serving in various leadership capacities. The egalitarian theological concept of equality gives evidence of women fulfilling roles in ministry in the early church based on giftedness rather than gender. The transformational leadership model provided a framework that postulates these leaders operate as agents of change and are themselves engaged in the transformational process. This project identified definite characteristics of Latinas in leadership as they overcome hierarchical cultural assumptions and pave the way to influencing and transforming their culture filled with passion, faith, and courage.

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry

Document Type

Doctoral thesis