The percentage of churches in the United States employing a woman as senior pastor has doubled during the past decade, according to a new survey by the Barna Group.
The evangelical pollster said one church in 10 now employs a female pastor. From the early 1990s through 1999, just 5 percent of pastors of Protestant churches were women. Barna called it a “substantial” gain.
The majority of women in the pastorate — 58 percent — are affiliated with a mainline Protestant denomination such as the American Baptist Churches USA, United Church of Christ, Episcopal Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, United Methodist Church or Presbyterian Church.
Pam Durso, executive director of Baptist Women in Ministry, said she would not describe gains by women in moderate Baptist churches during the past 15 as “substantial,” but “steady.”
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