Magaela C. Bethune, MS, MPA
While The United Methodist Church (UMC) membership is comprised 58% of women (Goodrich, 2017), women made up 28.4%
of UMC clergy positions in 2015. This is only a slight increase from 2003 and 2008 figures, which estimated clergywomen’s
representation to be 24% (Moy, 2010). While women remain underrepresented in clergy roles overall, there is variation
in how clergy are distributed by gender across the country. Further, there is regional variation in how clergywomen
are compensated, in comparison to clergymen. Led by the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW),
a recent study used 2015 nationwide data provided by Wespath Benefits and Investments
 to determine geographic trends in clergywomen’s compensation. Researcher Magaela C. Bethune
 used quantitative analytical methods to examine the influence of gender and geography on the composition
and compensation of UMC clergy.
UMC clergywomen still receive substantially less compensation
Length of service, age, seniority, and regionality account for some gaps in pay
by Magaela C. Bethune, MS, MPA
By Erin Kane, GCSRW Director of Research and Monitoring
The U.S. is one of the only industrialized nations that does not offer guaranteed paid maternity or
by Kristin Knudson
U.S. clergywomen in The United Methodist Church on average earn 13% less than their male counterparts, and
clergypersons of color—Black, Hispanic/Latina, Native American, Asian- and Pacific Island-Americans—earn
9% to 15% less than white clergy.
By Heather Peck Stahl
Earlier this year, policies governing United Methodist general agencies were
expanded to allow women up to 18 days of paid time off after the birth of a child.
The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women had pushed for this
change for 11 years.
By Elaine Moy*
"[General church agencies] will provide leave for newborn or adoption childcare leave in the amount
of 18 days." (Adopted Feb 2011, Personnel Policies and Procedures of the
General Agancies or the United Methodist Chruch.)