Part 1: Clergy Spouse and Families Survey Data Report, click here.
Part 2: Clergy Spouse and Families Survey Comments and Reflections Analysis, click here.
Part 3: Bibliography, click here.
Although women have gained a stronger voice in the church, there's more to be done.
Statistics like these tell the story: While nearly 30 percent of active bishops are women, only 5 percent of our largest, most influential churches (1,000 + members) are led by women pastors. Some churches will not even allow women to serve as ushers, much less hold decision-making roles. Worse, 67 percent of United Methodist surveyed say they have experienced or witnessed sexual harassment in church settings.
A few statistics indicating the status of women in the U.S. United Methodist Church:
19% of ordained elders are women
77% of ordained deacons are women
27% of district superintendents are women
17% of all bishops, active and retired, are women
7% of clergy serving as lead pastors of churches of 1,000 members or more are women
Statistical tables compiled by GCSRW