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Women clergy statistics released by the Church of England to Parliament

The number of women clergy in the Church of England has risen by a thousand over the past ten years, the Second Church Estates Commissioner, the Rt. Hon. Caroline Spelman reported on 8 June 2015, while the number of male clergy has declined by 1100.

The number of women clergy in the Church of England has risen by a thousand over the past ten years, the Second Church Estates Commissioner, the Rt. Hon. Caroline Spelman reported on 8 June 2015, while the number of male clergy has declined by 1100.

 

The member for Ealing, Southall, Mr. Virendra Sharma (Lab.) on 2 June 2015 asked “the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, how many members of the clergy in each of the last 10 years have been women.”

 

She replied:

 

The most recent statistics available on the number of women in ordained ministry in the Church of England can be found in the table below. These figures combine all clergy who are full time or part time stipendiary clergy and those who are self-supporting clergy. Although more recent figures are not yet available, the general trend is towards an increase in women training for ordained ministry and the Church of England has most recently appointed three women as bishops who are:

 

  • The Bishop of Gloucester, the Rt Revd Rachel Treweek,

  • The Bishop of Stockport, Rt Revd Elizabeth Lane,

  • And the Bishop of Hull, Rt Revd Alison White.

 

Year

Female

Male

2012

3,650

7,725

2011

3,575

7,843

2010

3,535

8,087

2009

3,401

8,257

2008

3,414

8,531

2007

3,268

8,645

2006

3,119

8,785

2005

2,986

8,936

2004

2,654

8,852

 

Mr. Sharma also asked: “what statistics the Church Commissioners collect on the number of LGBT men and women in the clergy.” Ms. Spelman responded the Church of England does not “maintain a record of the number of LGBT clergy.”

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