Who are the United Methodist clergy in 2014 and what might this mean for the future of the denomination? GCSRW looked
at the 2014 statistics of United Methodist clergy and compared them to statistics from previous years. We then
compared these numbers to those in the
Lewis Center’s Clergy Age Trends in The United Methodist Church report, and illustrate below what the future
of United Methodist clergy may look like if current trends continue, and what this means for the role of women
among clergy in the denomination. Our findings illustrate that the number of female clergy is increasing but
at a slower rate compared to 1992 and 2002. United Methodist clergy are getting older, with fewer young people
coming up through the process to replace an aging population.