Although women have made progress since
2003, women only comprise 24% of clergy
members. Women are 57% of lay
membership and over 50% of the students at
theological schools. We need to ask where
these women are since they are not going into
ordination. And we need to ask why
women are not going into ordination.
Our society is comprised of 50% women in
the workforce, and many of the secular
businesses have altered policies and
procedures to be female and famil
friendly. We don’t live in a community or time
where the norm is just one person working
outside the home.
The United Methodist Church is actively seeking younger clergy persons. Are we, the
United Methodist Church, ready for them? Are our structures and policies supportive of young people (men and women)?
Elaine Moy, assistant general secretary of finance and administration for GCSRW.
Women and men held the same percentage from 2003,
total number of increased by 19%.
Women increased by 4%, and total number dropped by .5%.
Classification of Probationary Deacon and Elder started in the
1996 General Conference.
Probationary Member (only elder).
same percentages from 2003, total number dropped by 7%.
Women increased by 2%, and the total number dropped by
Women increased by 2%, the total number increased by 2%.
Women increased by 2%, the total number increased by 17%.
The total number of clergy has increased by 2% from 2003
2008. The total number of women clergy has increased by 4%
(24% women clergy and 76% men clergy.)
* Source of data - GCFA
** Detail of data by annual conferences, see Table 1 and Table 2 here