In April, 2018, an annual conference desk audit regarding leadership was performed by the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW).
During the month of April, we canvassed Annual Conference (AC) websites in the United States to determine who fills leadership positions on the staffs of our United States Annual Conferences.
by Kelley Fenelon
by Kelley Fenelon
by Elaine Moy*
The chart below lists the U.S. United Methodist annual conferences in which 10% or more of their employees are racial-ethnic
clergywomen and laywomen. There are 63 annual conferences in the United States. Below are also the U.S. annual
conferences with the lowest percentage of racial-ethnic clergywomen or laywomen employees.
by Craig This
The chart below* lists the top 10 U.S. annual conferences that have the highest percentage of leadership positions
held by women (lay and clergy). This chart looks at only leadership positions because this is where decisions, authority
and power are held. Generally when assessing the overall statistics of an organization, there is a high percentage of
women primarily because women are employed as support staff rather than managerial/leadership staff.
by Craig This *
Half (52%), 286 of the 547 executive/director positions* in the annual conferences of the United Methodist Church
are help by clergymen, according to the annual conference desk audits conducted by the
General Commission on the Religion and Race (GCORR) and the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW).
Couple those 286 clergymen with the 151 clergywomen in executive/director positions and clergy hold 80% of all
executive/director positions in the annual conferences (see Table 1).
by Craig This*
The U.S. annual conferences (54 reporting) of the United Methodist Church employed 3,231 individuals
in 2009, according to the 2009 annual conference desk audits conducted by the General Commission on Race and
Religion and the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women. Of those employed, 75% or 2,432 are
employed in the categories 1-3 positions (executives/directors, professionnals, managers/administrators) and
25% or 799 are employed in the categories 4-6 positions (technicians, administration/clerical support,
service/maintenance workers) (see Table 1).
by Elaine May*
According to the denomination's most recent figures (2009), men hold 73% of the top staff
leadership positions in the U.S. annual conferences, women hold 27%.
"Top positions" in an annual conference include bishops, directors of connectional
ministries (DCM), district superintendents (DS) and treasurers. Women—who make up
more than 50% of total United Methodist membership in the United States—are least
represented as district superintendents (26% are women), while the highest number of women in top leadership
are treasurers and directors of connection ministry (33% in each category).
There are 61 U.S. annual conferences treasurers; 67% are men (41) and 33% are women (20); 77% are lay (47)
and 23% are clergy (14).
North Central Jurisdiction has the highest percentage of women treasurers (45%), followed by Northeast with
38%, then Western with 29%. In both the South Central and Southeastern 27% of the conference treasurers
are women. North Central and Northeastern jurisdiction tie for having the largest number of women treasurers - five each.
Of the 1,162 people named chairpersons of commissions,
boards and committees in United Methodist
annual conferences in the United States, approximately
490 (42%) are women. These numbers show phenomenal
expansion of women’s leadership, especially
considering that, just 35 years ago, women comprised
just 20% of all voting members of church agencies.