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
The Rev. Ingrid McIntyre shares the story of the micro house community for homeless respite care under construction at Glencliff United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

Church building micro home village for homeless

The homes will serve as bridge housing for homeless people to recover from medical issues as they await permanent housing.
Evangelism
The Rev. Patrik Hipp and his wife, Zuzana Hipp (kneeling, second and third from left), pose with a small group of worshippers of the United Methodist mission congregation in Dolný Kubín, Slovakia. Photo courtesy of Rev. Patrik Hipp.

United Methodists building church in Dolný Kubín

Clergy couple answers a call to start a congregation in a town two hours away with no United Methodist church.
Social Concerns
The Rev. James T. Laney, recipient of the 2019 World Methodist Peace Award, speaks during the Roundtable for Peace on the Korean Peninsula in Atlanta in this 2018 file photo.  Laney is former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea and former dean of the Candler School of Theology. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Peace as a lifelong vocation

The two most recent recipients of the World Methodist Peace Award have very different backgrounds but share a commitment to peacemaking.