- Presiding Bishop
The Presiding Bishop is an
ecclesiasticalposition in some denominations of Christianity.
Anglican Church of New Zealand
For a short period the style Presiding Bishop was used by the
AnglicanChurch in New Zealand. Episcopal Church in the United States of America
The Presiding Bishop of the
Episcopal Church in the United States of Americais the presiding authority in the church. Elected to serve a single nine-year term at the church's General Convention, he or she acts as Primate of the national Church and its nine ecclesiastical provinces, and as president of the House of Bishops. The Presiding Bishop is charged with responsibility for leadership in initiating, developing, and articulating policy and strategy, overseeing the administration of the national church staff, and speaking for the Church on issues of concern and interest. In other churches in the Anglican Communion, an Archbishopor Primus fills a similar role. Unlike an Archbishop, the Presiding Bishop does not have responsibility for a dioceseor province. However, before a 1925 change in canon law, the Presiding Bishop was simply the senior diocesan bishop. In modern times, an elected Presiding Bishop resigns any other jurisdictions for which he or she might have pastoral responsibility.
The correct style for the Presiding Bishop is "The Most Reverend".
Katharine Jefferts Schoriholds the position, having been elected in June 2006. She was invested and seated as Presiding Bishop in a service at the National Cathedralin Washington, D.C.on November 4, 2006. Jefferts Schori is the first woman to hold the position.
List of Presiding Bishops in the Episcopal Church in the United States of America
Protestant Episcopal Church in the
Confederate States of America Reformed Episcopal Church Leonard W. Richesis the current Presiding Bishop. This church continues Apostolic Successionthrough George D. Cummins who left the Episcopal Church, USA in the 19th century.:"Note:" The Reformed Episcopal Church is not in communion with the Anglican Communion.
Latter Day Saints
:"See also: "The Presiding Bishop is an office in the church hierarchy of several denominations of the Latter Day Saint or
Mormonismmovement. Each Presiding Bishop has two counselors; the three together form the Presiding Bishopric. A man recognized as a "literal descendent of Aaron" (or "Kohanim") can, under the direction of the First Presidency, hold the office of Presiding Bishop alone, without counselors. To date, no man in any Latter Day Saint tradition has held the office of Presiding Bishop under these conditions.
The office shares its origin with that of bishop.
Edward Partridgewas the first man ordained to the office of bishop in the early Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on February 4, 1831. This office became known as the First Bishop and later the "Presiding Bishop" when subordinate bishops were called in the Nauvoo period ( 1839– 1844).
After the 1844 succession crisis, the office of Presiding Bishop evolved separately in different denominations of the movement.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the largest denomination of the Latter Day Saint movement, the Presiding Bishop is the highest leadership position within the church's Aaronic priesthood. The three members of the Presiding Bishopric act as "general authorities" of the church, oversee the temporal affairs (buildings, properties, commercial corporations, etc.) of the church and oversee the bishoprics of wards (congregations) throughout the world.
Along with the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, the Presiding Bishopric is a part of the
Council on the Disposition of the Tithes, a quorum which oversees and authorizes the expenditure of all tithingfunds. The Presiding Bishopric is also responsible for overseeing the Aaronic priesthoodof the church, although most of the work in this area is delegated to the general presidency of the Young Men Organization.
The current Presiding Bishop of the church is
H. David Burton. His First Counselor is Richard C. Edgleyand his Second Counselor is Keith B. McMullin.
Community of Christ
The Presiding Bishopric of the
Community of Christ, the second largest denomination, are the chief financial officers and trustees of the church. As such, they are trustees in trust for all church property, including local congregational facilities. They are responsible for the administration of the temporal affairs of the whole church. They lead the Order of Bishops in providing support and mentoring to the financial officers of congregations and mission centers. The Presiding Bishopric serves also as the presidency of the Aaronic priesthood and leads the Order of Bishops in providing support, training, and advocacy in empowering the Aaronic Ministers. They direct the stewardship education efforts of the church and lead financial development efforts with major donors. The Presiding Bishopric is a part of the World Church Leadership Council, along with the First Presidency and Council of Twelve Apostles. They also serve as members of the World Church Finance Board, which proposes budgets to the World Conference for approval.
The current Presiding Bishop of the church is Steven M. Jones and the Counselors are R. Paul Davis and David J. Brown.
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Americauses the term "presiding bishop" for its leader. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canadauses the term "national bishop." Most other Lutheran churches in North Americacall their leaders "president."
Church of God in Christ
The Presiding Bishop of the
Church of God in Christis currently Bishop Charles E. Blake. He was preceded in this position by Bishop G.E. Patterson.
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