Evangelical Lutheran Women
302 - 393 Portage Avenue,
Winnipeg, Manitoba. R3B 3H6
Executive Director: Ruth Vince [e-mail]
Phone: (204) 984-9160.
Fax: (204) 984-9162.
Publication: Esprit [e-mail]
- 43% of the respondents were ordained up to and including 1990 and 57% after 1990
- On average women waited 6.3 months for a call after being approved for ordination. The range was 0-96 months. The 96-month wait was by choice. The average was calculated without considering the 96-month wait.
- 22% of those answering this question waited a year or more for a call (15/67).
- Nearly 30% of those answering this question reported they had experienced difficulties getting ordained, e.g. call process unclear, delays, call for woman limited, gender bias, special circumstances.
- Many comments indicated that they had no problems.
- 73% of the respondents reported having some restrictions for a call with an average of 2 restrictions.
- The most frequently reported restrictions were spouse's occupational opportunities, type of position, and congregational size or type.
- Of the nine synod supports evaluated, counsel in consideration of a move*, information about vacancies in the synod, consultation about where name was presented*, and progress of call were rated as high or somewhat high by at least 40% of the respondents. (*Both of these supports were reported by almost equal percentages (over 40%) of women as being high and low.)
- The synod supports that were rated low or somewhat low by at least 40% of the respondents included: counsel in consideration of a move, mobility counseling, information on vacancies in other synods, guidance for interviews, preparation of congregations to appoint women, consultation about where name presented, and information about congregations under consideration and other.
- In an open-ended question, 75% of respondents suggested other desired synod supports.
- The suggested other synod supports were coded and fell into these categories: involvement and inclusion in the process, clear expectations, more affirmation of ability, consideration of non-Lutheran options, specific actions by bishop, no more needed.
- For the first listed suggestion, the majority (44%) listed some kind of action by the bishop.
- Most respondents (63%) felt that congregations were very open or somewhat open to calling female candidates.
- Only 4% of the respondents reported they felt congregations were very resistant.
- The comments reflected a wide range of perceived views within the congregations.
- In interviews for call, 48% of respondents perceived that committees were appropriately sensitive, 16% somewhat sensitive, 21% neither sensitive nor insensitive, 11% somewhat insensitive and 4% inappropriately sensitive or very insensitive to the considerations of calling a woman pastor.
- An average of 2.3 stressors were noted during the call process, range of 0-6.
- 13% reported experiencing no stressors, 19% one, 30% two, 11% three, 15% four, 10% five and 3% six stressors.
- The most frequently reported stressors based on percentage were move stressors (36%), financial (personal, family) issues (34%), financial (congregation) issues (24%), and pastoral identity (23%).
- The least frequently mentioned stressors were impatience to begin call (9%) and relationships with other clergy (9%).
- The average number of supports was 4.5 out of a possible 16 listed.
- No respondent reported she had no support.
- Over 55% of the sample mentioned friends, husband/partner, and prayer as their main support.
- Over a third of the respondents mentioned family other than husband/partner, children, pastor or other clergy.
- The lowest percentages were obtained for CTEL relator (5%) and study group (5%).
- In the other category bishop was mentioned by 7 of the 81 respondents. In addition, synod staff, internship supervisor, feminist network, Ecumenical Women Theologian's group were also noted as sources of support.
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