Who Do Bishops Think They Are?

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Who do Bishops think they are?

In response to the comment by Gene Mims, all bishops, including retired, have our church membership in the Council of Bishops, just as clergy members of Conference have their church membership in the conference. Retired bishops are accountable to the Jurisdictions throught the Committees on Episcopacy. The full Council of Bishops Including retired meet once a year, rather than twice as formerly. The Forum of Active Bishops meets without the retired once a year. In meetings of the full Council [and College]] the retired bishops have voice but not vote.

William Boyd Grove more than 4 years ago

Who do Bishops think they are?

In response to the comment by Gene Mims, all bishops, including retired, have our church membership in the Council of Bishops, just as clergy members of Conference have their church membership in the conference. Retired bishops are accountable to the Jurisdictions throught the Committees on Episcopacy. The full Council of Bishops Including retired meet once a year, rather than twice as formerly. The Forum of Active Bishops meets without the retired once a year. In meetings of the full Council [and College]] the retired bishops have voice but not vote.

William Boyd Grove more than 4 years ago

letting leaders lead

This fits very well in the general leadership style I have observed in much of conference and jurisdictional youth ministry. Many of the loudest proponents of "Youth Lead Youth Ministry" train their youth not to make a decision but rather, to ask their adults what to do, for whom to vote, etc.

When we as leaders - Bishops, Elders, adults, etc., are comfortable with who we are, our calling, and our leading of others, we will then have the ability, and the grace, to allow them to lead.

Steve Heyduck more than 4 years ago

Bishops Speaking Out

It is my belief that the role of any and all bishops is to be prophetic. We have corralled them and pulled out their teeth by burdening them with endless administrative details and fussy management stuff.

No, the role of bishops is NOT to fuss about pensions or whatever, it is to lead the people toward a more grace-filled life, to encourage the people to speak out against injustice and to speak out themselves. It is to encourage congregations to explore the possibilities of the Christian life, indeed to challenge them to question authority when they must

Anne Ewing more than 4 years ago

Bishops

A very good article. I believe that there should be guidance from the bottom up. Many of the bishops and especially the retired bishops were trying to influence the delegates of the conference. I believe that once a bishop has served his or her term he or she should retain the title, but not the influence. They should either retire or go back to serving a church. I was told by one retired bishop that the college of bishops was his church. I think retired bishops should be available for advice to the college, but should not be actively involved in the administration of the UMC. It would appear that retired bishops in particular are not responsible to anyone.

Gene Mims more than 4 years ago

Bishops at General Conference

In thirty two years as a bishop [seven General Conferences] I have never atttended a legislative committee meeting unless I had an assignment there. I had great interest in all of them of course, but believe strongly in the separation of powers and the fear that my presence might have an inhibiting effect. For a bishop to seek to influence delegatess in a committee during breaks is, in my view, totally inappropriate

William Boyd Grove more than 4 years ago

Notable Quotes


Bishop Laurie Haller delivers the Episcopal Address at the 2017 session of the Iowa Annual Conference.“Are you modeling the love of Christ to everyone who walks through the doors of your churches? What are you doing outside your buildings for the people most in need in your communities, the state of Iowa, and this world? Are all of your many activities making a difference? Where’s your runway?”

– Bishop Laurie Haller in her first episcopal address to the Iowa Annual Conference.

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