Women accounted for majority of CofE deacons for the first time in 2019

Jun 19, 2020 by

from Christian Today:

Women accounted for just over half of the new deacons ordained in the Church of England last year. 

It’s the first time that women have made up the majority of newly ordained deacons in the CofE.

According to the latest figures, published today, women accounted for 51% of the new intake of 570 deacons.

The new statistics also show that women made up around a third (32%) of the CofE’s active clergy in 2019, and are holding an increasing number of senior posts, like bishops, archdeacons and cathedral deans, rising from a quarter in 2018 to 27% last year.

While the number of paid clergy remained stable at 7,700, there was a fall in readers or licensed lay ministers, from just under 10,000 in 2010 to 7,830 last year.

The proportion of stipendiary clergy from black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds stood at 3.8%, while those entering training for ordained ministry from BAME backgrounds was 7.8%.

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