This is encouraging.
On the Northeast megaregion, there are 62 women in senior pastoral leadership, half in place prior to 2011. Until PazNaz called Rev. Tara Beth Leach, the largest church with a female pastor was on this megaregion: Rev. Rebecca Lum at Plattsburgh CotN in Upstate New York.
Twelve percent (12%) of all pastors are women on this megaregion. This is a significantly larger percentage than other parts of the country. And, they have ministry experience in a range of churches and contexts.
Twenty-five of the female pastors are in ethnically-identified churches, so about 40%.
Eight of the churches are over 75 in average worship attendance, and three are over 100.
Still, the median church size for a church with a female pastor is quite low--around 30--while the overall median church size in the Northeast megaregion is 45.
All of this notwithstanding, the Northeast megaregion is a good place to go to find female mentors for ministry.
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