Clergy Women: An Uphill Calling

Zikmund, Barbara Brown. Clergy Women: An Uphill Calling. Nashville: Westminster John Knox Press, 1998.

As a follow-up study to the acclaimed Women of the Cloth (1983) publication, Clergy Women provides authoritative information on the lives of clergy women. Including numerous statistical data and personal interviews, this book offers insights into the real experiences of clergy women including topics such as; clergy spouses, single clergy, lesbian and gay clergy, clergy leadership styles and effectiveness, the impact of children on clergy, the call of the clergy, seminary training, and leaving ministerial work. Barbara Zikmund confirms that while clergy life for women has eased in the 21st century, most still find that the ministry is an “Uphill Calling”.