Clergy Age Trends Report Shows More Older and Younger Clergy

September 23, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC – The Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary has released its annual Clergy Age Trends in the United Methodist Church report.

This year's report shows an increase in the number of both older and younger clergy. Conversely, the percentage of middle age elders has shrunk dramatically over the past decade. Also of note, for the first time slightly more than half of active elders are 55-72 years old, and the median age of elders has reached a historic high of 55.
The report is available as a free download at