Bishops Introduction

The Rt Rev James Langstaff 
Bishop of Rochester

 

Bishops minister to a large number of people publicly and privately, in local, national and even international contexts. Bishops are responsible not only for specific services such as ordinations, institutions, confirmations etc, but also for ensuring appropriate worship takes place within the diocese.

Bishops have pastoral care of all the people in their diocese and, especially of the clergy. The local aspect of the work involves spending a great deal of time and effort in the wider community. This means maintaining relationships with the civic authorities, participating in the development of plans for local communities, supporting local initiatives, working in a huge range of areas from conflict resolution in neighbourhoods to international development.

Bishops help to relate the local Church to the wider Church. This means participation in national bodies and their work, including the House of Bishops and General Synod. Quite often, too, bishops take the lead in the work of the Church’s voluntary organisations.

Bishops have a responsibility for promoting unity between Christians. There is also a responsibility to promote understanding and good relationships among people of different faiths. Again, this can have a local, national and international dimension.
 




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