by Rev. Leigh Goodrich
In spring, 2017, a General Desk Audit was requested by the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women.
The results showed some promising advances for women as compared with a similar audit performed in 2007.
Before we review the trends, there are some notable caveats in our comparison to the 2007 numbers.
This year’s audit does not include responses from Wespath. Also, the Office of Christian Unity
and Interreligious Relationships no longer exists. However, United Methodist Women and the Connectional
Table were new participants in 2017. These changes predictably skew some of the comparisons, however
we still find that general agencies lead the denomination in the promotion of women in their workforce.
Let’s look at the results.