Generic Job Description Bishop
To be read in conjunction with the generic job description of Archdeacon, Area Dean and Incumbent.
Post: Diocesan Bishop
Purpose: To be the chief shepherd, pastor and minister of the diocese, a visible sign serving the Church’s unity and continuity in apostolic life, mission and ministry.
Responsible: in conjunction with others for;
- To lead the clergy and laity of the Diocese in mission and ministry
- To proclaim the Gospel
- To teach and guard the Faith
- To minister the Word and Sacraments
- To affirm the call of, and to ordain, send out and appoint new ministers
- To confirm.
- To resource and guide the clergy.
- Where necessary to exercise discipline.
- To guide the people of God.
- To work for the unity of the Church.
Specific Functions and Duties
- To lead and co-ordinate the Bishop’s staff in carrying out the episcopal administration of the Diocese.
- To plan ahead and keep the Diocese under review to ensure that:
- Clergy and laity are supported and encouraged in developing the mission and ministry of the Diocese
- Clergy resources are deployed in the most effective way.
- To operate effective policies and procedures for clergy including:
- Selection procedures
- Training and development
- Managing clergy incapacity
- To create a culture to enable clergy to give of their best both individually and in team situations.
- To serve as President of the Diocesan Conference and Diocesan Nomination Board.
- To be a member of the Governing Body.
- To be a member of the Bench of Bishops and assist in the development, implementation, monitoring and review of provincial policies and procedures on a range of matters affecting the Church in Wales, and the Anglican Communion.
- To be a member of the Electoral College.
- To be a member of the Special Provincial Court.
- To consult with Church bodies on matters relating to:
- Parsonages including redundancy, sales and acquisitions
- The creation of rectorial benefices
- The suspension of incumbencies
- Pastoral reorganisation.
- To grant licences, dispensations and faculties (as prescribed).
- To ensure that parish visitations are undertaken.
- To adjudicate in liturgical disputes and exclusion from the Eucharist.
- With the Bench of Bishops to manage the overall direction of the Bishops Advisers, to take direct responsibility (as agreed) for the management of specific area(s) of the Adviser’s work.
- To inspire the people of God in their worship, witness and service in his Name.
- To encourage good and courteous relationships with leaders of other Churches and Faith Communities.