The Board of Bishops
OF THE CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST
The word bishop originally signified an “overseer” or spiritual superintendent. Bishop is a translation of the Greek word “episkapos”. The Bible says if a man desire the office of an Overseer (Bishop), he desired a good work. A Bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, and an apt to teach.
The purpose of the Board of Bishops is to provide an infrastructure for the Episcopal mandate of the office of the bishopric. Cultivating and promoting the teachings, precepts, practices, and discipline of the Church of God in Christ. This also includes the following:
The Board of Bishops of the Church of God in Christ adhere to the scriptural mandate to be men of good reputation, honorable husbands, abstemious men of good judgement and respectable among all men. We also affirm and declare our unwavering faith in our Creator and in Jesus Christ His only begotten Son and the Holy Bible.
Most assuredly we affirm our support to the constitution and leadership of the Church of God in Christ, Inc. It is with true devotion to God and the cause of Christ in redeeming mankind from the state of depravity, and a true commitment to impacting the lives of human kind spiritually, educationally, socially, physically and emotionally.
A Jurisdictional Bishop is an ordained, consecrated, member of the Board of Bishops who is appointed as a prelate and entrusted with a jurisdiction domestic or foreign.
An Auxiliary Bishop is an ordained, consecrated, or appointed member of the Board of Bishops who is generally entrusted with a position of authority and oversight for a specific purpose.
Traditionally, Bishops appointed to a Jurisdiction served for life. In many cases older Bishops will resign to allowing another to maintain the work. The retired Bishop is given the title of “Emeritus”