A Christian bishop is an one who possesses the fullness of the priesthood to oversee a religions / Christian areas of ministry as its pastor. Many people have gotten caught up into titles and wrongly label themselves as a specific level of clergy without proper callings from God. Yes God may call someone into ministry but that does not automatically mean you are call to bishop / pastor, or any other title unless God specifically called you into that area of ministry. Just like prophets when it comes to bishops there are true bishops called of God and there are false, self proclaimed bishops.
Not all religious organizations acknowledge bishops as a member of their clergy but we must keep in mind what God's word actually says about clergy members:
And he himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,
This is why some churches do not use the term bishop because this scripture does not mention bishops; however a bishop is just another name or title for a senior pastor.
Some people mistakenly place bishops in the incorrect position and authority of apostles. As apostles watch over entire organization (All Churches In The Union) bishops are to oversee a local church only, which is the same responsibility as a pastor. The bible uses Elder, Presbyter, Overseer, Bishop, Shepherd, Pastor interchangeably and they all refer to a single office in the church.
What Is A Bishop
Bishop comes from the Greek word episkopos, meaning "overseer." The prefix "epi-
Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:
1 Timothy 3:1
This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work.
1 Timothy 3:2
A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-
For a bishop must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self-
1 Timothy 3:1-
Qualifications of Bishops
The saying is sure: whoever aspires to the office of bishop desires a noble task. Now a bishop must be above reproach, married only once, temperate, sensible, respectable, hospitable, an apt teacher, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, and not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, keeping his children submissive and respectful in every way for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how can he take care of God’s church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may be puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace and the snare of the devil. When examining a bishop / pastor I caution you to do so prayerfully so as to not falsely accuse a true called of God leader to be false. No one should ever take a bishop / pastor as their leader without checking them out thoroughly and laying before God in prayer and meditation.
1. Study God's word for yourself and pay close attention to what the bishop / pastor teaches comparing those teachings with the Christian bible.
2. If the teachings do not line up with God's word then pray and ask God for guidance and help finding the right leader for you and your spiritual needs.
Just because you are not being edified by the teachings of a bishop / pastor does not mean that leader is false. It could mean this but in most cases I have studies the situation was either you have out grown the leader or the leader is teaching on a level above your comprehension. These are great reasons to ask God to direct you to where you can be spiritually fed on whatever level of understanding you are on.