United Methodist Clergywomen Retention Study

Method Tables

Table B1. Distribution of Study Participants by Jurisdiction

All clergywomen
1994 Questionnaire
1995 Interview
Number of Women
Percent of Total
Number of Women
Percent of Total
Number of Women
Percent of Total
North Central
1496
28%
429
31%
40
33%
Northeastern
1402
26%
338
24%
28
23%
Western
603
11%
169
12%
15
12%
South Central
905
17%
195
14%
14
11%
Southeastern
986
18%
257
19%
26
21%
TOTAL
5392
1388
123

NOTE:  The statistics for all clergywomen in Tables A1 and A2 include women in all categories:  Elders in full connection, probationary members, associate members, local pastors, and others (Division of Ordained Ministry of The United Methodist Church, “1994 Statistics United Methodist Clergywomen,” Wellsprings 8 [Spring 1995]:  24-25.)   The questionnaire and interview statistics include only current and former probationary members and elders in full connection.

Table B2. Distribution of Study Participants by Attrition Rate Conference Groups

All clergywomen
1994 Questionnaire
1995 Interview
Number of Women
Percent of Total
Number of Women
Percent of All Clergy-women
Number of Women
Percent of Question-naire
Low Attrition Rate Conferences
297
5.5%
46
15%
14
30%
Middle Attrition Rate Conferences
4962
92%
1251
25%
91
7%
High Attrition Rate Conferences
133
2.5%
91
68%
18
20%
TOTAL
5392
100%
1388
26%
123
9%

NOTE:  The percentage reported in the questionnaire column is the ratio of the number of questionnaire respondents in the specified attrition rate group to the number of clergywomen in the same attrition rate group.  The percentage reported in the interview column is the ratio of the number of interview participants in the specified attrition rate group to the number of questionnaire respondents in the same attrition rate group.

Table B3. Distribution of Study Participants by Appointment Types

Questionnaire
Interview
Number of Women
Percent of Total
Number of Women
Percent of Total Interviewed
Local Church Pastor, Associate, Co-Pastor
986
73%
47
38%
School, Extension Ministries
247
18%
42
34%
Leaves, Location
81
6%
19
15%
Retired
25
2%
8
7%
Withdrawn, Surrendered Credentials
43
1%
7
6%
TOTAL
1382
123

Table B4.  Study Participants by Age and Years as Elder

Questionnaire
Interview
Age:  Range 60 years, ages 25-85, mean is 45+ years 59 years, ages 26-85, mean is 45+ years
Years as Elder:  Range Just ordained elder-48 years, 109 deacons, mean is 8 years Just ordained elder-48 years, 16 deacons, mean is 9+ years

Table B5.  Age Distribution of Study Participants

Questionnaire
Interview
Range
Frequency
Percent
Frequency
Percent
25-29 years
30
2.2%
2
1.6%
30-39 years
394
28.4%
45
36.6%
40-49 years
534
38.5%
42
34.1%
50-59 years
307
22.1%
20
16.3%
60-69 years
84
6.1%
6
4.9%
70-79 years
22
1.6%
5
4.1%
80-89 years
4
0.3%
3
2.4%

Table B6.  Distribution of Study Participants by Ethnicity

Ethnicity
Questionnaire
Interview
Asian 1.5% 3.3%
Black 4.4% < 1%
White 90.7% 94.3%
Multiracial 1.5% < 1%

Table B7.  Distribution of Study Participants by Marital Status and Clergy Partner

Marital Status
Questionnaire
Interview
Married/Committed Relationship
54%
58%
Divorced
16%
12%
Never Married
16%
13%
Married to Clergy
28%
32.5%

Table B8.  Items for Interview Coding

INSTITUTIONAL
CONGREGATIONAL
access to resources
appointment system
bishop
feminism
relationship with district superintendent
salary
sexism
support
theology
other (list)
authority
expectations of congregation
expectations of pastor
feminism
relations with men
relations with women
support
theology
other (list)
PERSONAL
COMMUNITY
access to resources
children
clergy couple
crisis:  health
crisis:  marriage
marriage
theology
workload
other (list)
acceptance
culture shock
isolation
respect of community
support
theology
other (list)