Research and Evaluation

Welcome to the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s Office of Research and Evaluation. The resources on this page are a result of our drive to create research that is both rigorous and creative with the purpose of understanding how different factors impact the mission of The United Methodist Church. Through collaboration, we monitor these factors so we can educate and equip leaders of the UMC to improve programming and adjust activities to address the needs of clergy and lay constituents. Our methods are theoretically grounded in order to deliver academically minded materials that will place agency and the church at the forefront of religious and education research. Most importantly, we hope you recognize the joy we take in our work and it inspires you to seek research supported solutions to the issues facing religious leaders. 

Research Papers

2015 Ordinand Seminaries. Download
Active Clergywomen in Local Churches (2007) by Michelle Fugate Pederson, Ph.D. Examines the number of senior pastor appointments to large membership churches of clergywomen compared to clergymen in 2006. Download
Beliefs About Religion & Spirituality Among Young Adults Discerning Their Call (2009) by Michelle Fugate Pederson, Ph.D. Download
Changes in Church & Clergy Membership (2007) by Michelle Fugate Pederson, Ph.D. Examination of changes in the numbers of members in The United Methodist Church and the clergy roles from the year 2000 to 2005. Download
Comparison of Deacon Report Findings (2009) by Michelle Fugate Pederson, Ph.D. Describes how the three deacon reports differ and how to interpret the findings. Download
Deacon Salary, Benefits, and Satisfaction (2009) by Michelle Fugate Pederson, Ph.D. In depth examination of deacon salary and benefits using a benefits composite score. Download
Deacons: Ordained, Commissioned, Candidate (2008) by Michelle Fugate Pederson, Ph.D. Describes the demographic makeup of the order of deacons, examines deacon salary, and work satisfaction among deacons who were under appointment at the time of survey completion. Download
Female Participation in United Methodist Seminaries (2015) by Mark M. McCormack. Examines seminary enrollment and degree completion patterns between men and women attending United Methodist seminaries in the U.S. Download
Final Survey Findings - Study of Ministry Commission (2007) by Michelle Fugate Pederson, Ph.D. Feedback from across the denomination on the preliminary draft recommendations of the 2004-2008 Study of Ministry Commission. Download
New Clergy Compensation Report (2014) by Mark M. McCormack. Examines clergy compensation for full-time and part-time provisional members across age and gender. Download
Ordinand Seminary Attendance (2014) by Mark M. McCormack. Provides a summary of seminary graduation patterns among deacon and elder ordinands in The United Methodist Church in the U.S. Download
Qualitative Analysis & Theological Reflections of the Study for Salaries for United Methodist Clergy by HeeAn Choi, Ph.D. (2008) This research is a quantitative one. We used several factors, such as gender, race, seniority, conference contexts, and others, to determine the status of pastor salaries. Download
Racial Minority Representation in the Annual Conferences of The UMC (2009) by Michelle Fugate Pederson, Ph.D. Examines the numerical representation of racial minority clergy, laity, and candidates within annual conferences from the year 2000 to 2008. Download
Racial-Ethnic Minority Clergy Serving Large, Cross-Racial and Cross-Cultural Appointments (2014) by HiRho Park, Ph. D. and Mark M. McCormack, Ph. D.. Examines the leadership styles and trends of racial-ethnic lead pastors serving large Caucasian majority churches. Download
Religious Upbringing and Current Affiliation of Entering ATS Students, and Current Affiliation of Graduates 2001-2011 by N. BreAnn Sartain and Michelle Fugate Pederson, Ph.D. Examines religious affiliation data from Association of Theological Schools member institutions for entering and graduating students. Found that UMC affiliation is consistently one of the top three religious affiliations among students. Download
Seminary/Theological School of Ordained Full-Connection Elder or Deacon (2008) by Sarah Combs. Identifies the seminary and theological schools where the newly ordained elders and deacons in 2008 received education. Download
Seminary/Theological School of Ordained Full-Connection Elder or Deacon (2009) by Sarah Combs. Identifies the seminary and theological schools where the newly ordained elders and deacons in 2009 received education. Download
Student Religious Affiliation: United Methodist-Related Higher Education Institutions 2009 by Michelle Fugate Pederson, Ph.D. Describes the religious affiliation, Protestant denomination, and Protestant tradition of the student population at United Methodist–related higher education institutions in academic year 2009 - 2010. Download
Student Religious Affiliation: United Methodist-Related Higher Education Institutions 2010 by Michelle Fugate Pederson, Ph.D. Describes the religious affiliation, Protestant denomination, and Protestant tradition of the student population at United Methodist–related higher education institutions in academic year 2010-2011. Download
Student Religious Affiliation: United Methodist-Related Higher Education Institutions Years 2004-2008 by Michelle Fugate Pederson, Ph.D. Describes the religious affiliation and denomination of the student population at United Methodist –related higher education institutions. Download
Study for Salaries for United Methodist Clergy directed by HiRho Park, Ph.D. and researched by Eric B. Johnson, Ph.D. (2008) The report examines salaries for United Methodist pastors from 1997 to 2008. Download
The District Superintendent of The United Methodist Church (2013) by Michelle Fugate Pederson, Ph.D. Interviews were conducted with 161 district superintendents about the changes in their roles and responsibilities. Download

Resources

2015 Willson Lecture: Formation for Ministry in American Methodism Download
Division of Ordained Ministry: Outcomes Download
Program and Event Evaluation Download

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