Church Pension Group shares its perspective on Episcopal clergy

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Church Pension Group (CPG), a financial services organization serving the Episcopal Church, shared demographic information about Episcopal clergy via a webinar (www.cpg.org/clergytrends) which was presented by its research and data team last week. The research was collected in response to several resolutions passed by the 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church.

“This research sheds light on the changing demographics of Episcopal clergy,” said Matthew J. Price, PhD, senior vice president, research and data at CPG. “Some of the results were expected, but some were a surprise to us, and may surprise others as well.”

Rev. Alistair So-Schoos, Data Scientist, Research and Data at CPG, added, “Our findings offer insight into trends in ordination, deployment and compensation that could inform the Church’s discussion of the diversity, equity and inclusion. I encourage anyone interested in the diversity of clergy in the Church to watch our webinar to learn more.

Among the main results:

  • The Episcopal clergy is gradually diversifying, especially with regard to sexual orientation.

  • There has been a significant increase in the number of female bishops over the past five years.

  • Clergy of color are disproportionately represented in the upper and lower pay brackets.

  • Clergy of color and LGBTQ+ clergy are more likely to serve outside the parish than white heterosexual clergy.

  • The path to becoming a bishop may differ by race/ethnicity.

  • Remuneration is higher for male clergy than for female clergy.

CPG has hosted several webinars to share information about its work, gather feedback, and discuss topics of interest to the Church. Individuals are encouraged to view past webinars with senior leaders from CPG and its Board of Directors who engaged in conversations on topics ranging from pension parity to racial reconciliation and socially responsible investing. Past webinars can be viewed on CPG’s YouTube channel.

About the Church Retreat Group

The Church Pension Group (CPG) is a financial services organization serving the Episcopal Church. It manages three lines of business: employee benefits, insurance and publishing. CPG provides retirement, health, life insurance, and related benefits to clergy and lay employees of The Episcopal Church, as well as property and casualty insurance, and book and music publishing, including the official Church worship materials. Follow CPG on Facebook, TwitterYouTube, Instagram and LinkedIn. cpg.org

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