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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. 


Excellence in Clergy Leadership Scholarship Survey: Summary Report (2018) 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
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 Seminaries 2015 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
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

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Ginger W. Cross, Ph.D.
Director of Research and Evaluation

Kyle R. Bush, Ph.D.
Sr. Specialist Research, Monitoring, & Evaluation

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