What a Bishop is Called to Do

January 31, 2019
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Bishops do more than wear purple shirts and pointy hats.

Bishops carry on the apostolic work of leading, supervising, and uniting the Church. These women and men are called to guard the faith, unity and discipline of the Church. Bishops also serve as chief pastor: inspiring, conducting ordinations and confirmations, and ensuring that the faith proclaimed in diocesan churches is consistent with the teachings of the Episcopal Church. They celebrate and provide for the administration of the sacraments of the New Covenant. Bishops ordain priests and deacons and join in ordaining bishops. In all things, bishops are faithful pastors and try to be wholesome examples for the entire flock of Christ.

Bishops share in the leadership of the Church throughout the world. Their heritage is the faith of patriarchs, prophets, apostles, and martyrs, and those of every generation who have looked to God in hope. Bishops follow Him who came, not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.

Maybe bishops do need to move diagonally!


From Carter Whitson and the Search/Nominating Committee

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