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New Report on the State of Clergywomen in the U.S. is now available 

Recent past NABPR president, Rev. Dr. Eileen Campbell-Reed has been working to answer the question “How are women faring in ministry in U.S. churches?.” In this report she provides not only a statistical accounting but also an analysis of some of the trends.

One measure of how women are doing is to consider the statistical status of their entry into ministry and leadership in congregations and other ministry settings. A statistical analysis is one dimension of clergywomen’s faring that we have not been able to gauge in a broad way for two decades – when the last comprehensive reports on clergywomen were published.

Here are a few of the insights of the report:

  • In 1960 women were 2.3% of U.S. clergy. In 2016 women are 20.7% of U.S. clergy.
  • Since 2015 Roman Catholic lay ministers outnumber priests in the U.S., and 80% of them are women.
  • In 2017 women remain fewer than 25% of seminary faculty and deans, and just 11% of the presidents.
  • In most Mainline denominations, the percentage of clergywomen has doubled or tripled since 1994.
  • Unitarian Universalist and United Church of Christ clergywomen have reached numerical equity with clergymen.
  • More women of color and fewer white women are going to seminary to earn MDivs since 2008.
Learn more about The State of Clergywomen.

2019 NABPR Call for Papers

Campbell University School of Law. Photo by Chris West

Call for Papers
National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion
Annual Meeting
Campbell University School of Law
Raleigh, NC
May 20 – 22, 2019

The National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion (NABPR) invites paper proposals in any area pertaining to scholarship in Religion. In an effort to develop innovative conversations among scholars, papers that create integration between traditional disciplines or broaden the margins of disciplinary conversations are encouraged. Although many NABPR members work primarily in the traditional disciplines of Biblical Studies, Church History, Theology, etc., proposals are encouraged from any field, including Ministry Studies.

Paper or panel proposals on any aspect of pedagogy related to the teaching of Religion are encouraged.

The 2019 Annual Meeting will be held in conjunction with the Baptist History and Heritage Society (BHHS) and the Association of Ministry Guidance Professionals (AMGP). We encourage proposals on topics that would appeal to the overlapping interests of NABPR, BHHS and AMGP.

Please note: Members of AMGP should send paper proposals through NABPR. BHHS will issue a separate Call for Papers with instructions specific to BHHS members.

Graduate students are encouraged to submit proposals. Graduate students must register for the meeting, but the cost is waived, regardless of whether a paper is proposed.

Proposals must be received by January 15, 2019. Send a 300-word abstract electronically to:

Dr. Steven R. Harmon
sharmon@gardner-webb.edu

Papers will be scheduled into a 30 minute time period, including discussion.

Proposals will be accepted or denied by March 1, 2019.

NABPR Membership Requirements

Authors of accepted proposals must be members of NABPR in good standing by May 1. Authors must pay dues for the current year and be registered for the Annual Meeting. Accepted papers that have not met these criteria will be removed from the program. Inquiries about dues and membership status should be directed to Joyce Swoveland: joyce_swoveland@baylor.edu.