By Erin Kane, GCSRW Director of Research and Monitoring
February’s installment of Women by the Numbers covered racial-ethnic clergy membership by region.
This month we examine racial-ethnic groups by clergy status. The United Methodist Church has seven
categories of clergy status: Deacons in Full Connection, Elders in Full Connection, Provisional Deacons,
Provisional Elders, Associate Members, Full-Time Local Pastors, and Part-Time Local Pastors.
The vast majority of clergy (nearly 72%) are ordained as Elders in Full Connection. The fewest are
Provisional Deacons (less than 1%) as they are in a transitional phase. When we look at where racialethnic
background and ordination status intersect, we see a very interesting dispersal.