Masunungure and Mbwirire
Greener Journal of Social Sciences Vol. 6 (2), pp. 038-047, March 2016
ISSN: 2276-7800 © 2015 GJSS
Manuscript Number: 012616022
Women’s Participation in Resolving Church Conflicts. A Case of the Salvation Army, Bindura Citadel, Zimbabwe
Masunungure C1 and Mbwirire J1*
1Faculty of Applied Social Science, Zimbabwe Open University, P O BOX MP 1119 MT Pleasant, Harare Zimbabwe
This study investigates women’s participation in resolving church conflicts. The study used a mixed method approach combining focus group discussions, in-depth interviews and congregants survey. The findings of the study were that women in the Salvation Army Church, Bindura Citadel were actively participating in resolving church conflicts through counseling, mediation, negotiation, and facilitation and by being members of the powerful Pastoral Care Council whose main role was to hear matters referred from the lower echelons of the church. It was established that the church was organized and administered in military style with all congregants referred to as “soldiers” and leadership titles bearing military ranks. The church faced the challenge of male domination due to the patriarchal nature of African and church communities, lack of self confidence and esteem as well as the lack of support from fellow women. The study recommended that women be trained and encouraged to participate and support one another in resolving church conflicts. Furthermore, church policy reforms were recommended to foster women participation.
Keywords: Women participation, conflict, religious conflict, conflict resolution.
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