Becoming a Bishop A Theological Handbook of Episcopal Ministry

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2015-08-27
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury T&T Clark

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Why Bishops? What's so special about Bishops? What are Bishops called to and how best can they do it? This book is the single resource of answers to all the questions one could conceivably have about what a Bishop is and their function and purpose in the Church.

Paul Avis offers a fascinating account of the ministerial identity of the bishop, and in particular the tasks and roles of episcopal ministry. Placing the Bishop within his wider ecclesiological framework, Avis illuminates the role of the individual in episcopal ministry. The book sets the vital work of a Bishop within an ecclesiological framework: the Bishop in the Anglican Communion, within the Church of Christ, within the purposes of God.

Author Biography

Revd Paul Avis is Chaplain to HM the Queen, and has served as General Secretary of the Church of England's Council for Christian Unity (1998-2011). He is an honorary professor of theology at the University of Exeter, UK.

Table of Contents

Foreword: The Right Revd Dr Kenneth Kearon, Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe, Church of Ireland; former Secretary General of the Anglican Communion
1.'The office and work of a bishop in the Church of God'
2. The bishop's identity and tasks
3. The bishop's authority
4. The bishop in leadership
5. The bishop and collaborative ministry
6. The bishop in the Anglican Communion
7. The bishop and Christian unity
8. The bishop and the historic episcopate
9. The bishop as scholar and theologian
10. The bishop in the public square
11. The bishop and the liturgy
Index of names

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