Topic: Women in Leadership

As preachers, leaders, teachers, missionaries, organizers, women have shaped the history of the Methodist Church. In their work with the poor, vulnerable and disenfranchised, church women have initiated important social and political reform.

In the Methodist tradition, women were ordained as ministers as early as the late 19th century, and in 1956 the Methodist Church, a predecessor body of The United Methodist Church, granted women full clergy rights. Women now make up approximately 25% of clergy in The United Methodist Church.

We invite you to explore the inspiring stories of women who have made important contributions to the life of the church both past and present as well as resources to help nurture your own participation and witness as a church leader.

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Mission and Ministry
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Evangelism
Dorcas Muranda enjoys watching sermons via Facebook on her phone. Churches in Zimbabwe are embracing social media for its ability to bring the Gospel to a larger audience. Photo by Priscilla Muzerengwa, UM News.

Zimbabwe church using social media to spread the Gospel

Churches in Zimbabwe are embracing social media for its ability to bring the Gospel to a larger audience.
Evangelism
Young people sing during the Next Generation Forum in Monrovia, Liberia. The May 2 event focused on the future of young people in the church. Photo by E Julu Swen, UM News.

Liberia pushes to recruit young people into ministry

As young people continue to shy away from the church, The United Methodist Church in Liberia is frantically trying to recruit them to the ministries of the church — especially as clergy.