The State of Female Pastors

Despite less than groundbreaking numbers, there’s change in the air.
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Even with only a small amount of research available on women pastors, it’s clear that many churches are growing warmer toward the idea of female leadership. Reverend Shannon Johnson Kershner told RNS, “My hope is that little boys and little girls see me and the other clergy and think if that’s something that they say and others think God’s calling them to do, then they can do it.”

—Ashley Emmert is a writer and editor. You can find her at or on Twitter at @ashgemmert.

October15, 2015 at 8:00 AM

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