Discipline ¶414

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Section IV. Specific Responsibilities of Bishops
  ¶ 414. Leadership-Spiritual and Temporal-1. To lead and oversee the spiritual and temporal affairs of The United Methodist Church which confesses Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and particularly to lead the Church in its mission of witness and service in the world.
  2. To strengthen the local church, giving spiritual leadership to both laity and clergy; and to build relationships with people of local congregations of the area.
3. To guard, transmit, teach, and proclaim, corporately and individually, the apostolic faith as it is expressed in Scripture and tradition, and, as they are led and endowed by the Spirit, to interpret that faith evangelically and prophetically.
4. To travel through the connection at large as the Council of Bishops (¶ 427) to implement strategy for the concerns of the Church.
5. To teach and uphold the theological traditions of The United Methodist Church.
6. To provide liaison and leadership in the quest for Christian unity in ministry, mission, and structure and in the search for strengthened relationships with other living faith communities.
7. To organize such missions as shall have been authorized by the General Conference.
8. To promote and support the evangelistic witness of the whole Church.
9. To discharge such other duties as the Discipline may direct.
10. To convene the Order of Deacons and the Order of Elders and work with the elected chairperson of each order.