By Felicia Howell LaBoy
The good news is that the number of women and racial-ethnic clergy in the U.S. United Methodist church
nearly doubled between 1997 and 2008.
The challenge: Women are far less likely to lead churches in the U.S. Southeastern Jurisdiction than in the
Western and Northeastern Jurisdictions. Meanwhile, racial-ethnic clergy—women and men—are more likely to
spend their careers in small congregations or multi-congregation charges.