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The origin and development of episcopacy in the Christian Church, and the functions and attributes of bishops,in the various churches, are dealt with elsewhere (see CHURCH HISTORY and BISHOP).
Febronius, indeed, was in favor of a frank recognition of this national basis of ecclesiastical organization, and saw in Episcopacy the best means of reuniting the dissidents to the Catholic Church, which was to consist, as it were, of a free federation of episcopal churches under the presidency of the bishop of Rome.
Methodist episcopacy is therefore based on the denial of any special potestas ord-inis in the degree of bishop, and is fundamentally distinct from that of the Catholic Churchusing this term in its narrow sense as applied to the ancient churches of the East and West.
www.1911encyclopedia.org /E/EP/EPISCOPACY.htm   (2449 words)

In episcopacy the supreme authority is a diocesan bishop; in congregationalism it is the members of the congregation assembled in church meeting; in Presbyterianism it is a church council composed of representative presbyters.
In episcopacy the control of church affairs is almost entirely withdrawn from the people; in congregationalism it is almost entirely exercised by the people; in Presbyterianism it rests with a council composed of duly appointed office-bearers chosen by the people.
The ecclesiastical unit in episcopacy is a diocese, comprising many churches and ruled by a prelate; in congregationalisni it is a single church, self-governed and entirely independent of all others; in Presbyterianism it is a presbytery or council composed of ministers and elders representing all the churches within a specified district.
www.1911encyclopedia.org /P/PR/PRESBYTERIANISM.htm   (14748 words)

 Primates of the Apostolic See of Antioch
5 127 The Episcopacy of Cornelius in Antioch.
20 277 The Episcopacy of Cyril in Antioch.
42 408 The Episcopacy of Alexander in Antioch.
www.antiochian.org /667   (1488 words)

 Episcopacy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Episcopacy is the government of the Church by a hierarchy of bishops.
A bill for the abolition of episcopacy was drafted by Oliver St John and introduced to the Long Parliament in May 1641.
Episcopacy was restored to the Anglican Church with the return of Charles II in 1660.
www.british-civil-wars.co.uk /glossary/episcopacy.htm   (212 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Since the Second Vatican Council, Roman Catholic understanding of episcopacy has advanced in parallel with the recovery of the understanding of the Church as koinonia (fellowship, communion), and bishops are seen as leaders of their local churches and active collaborators with the Pope, rather than simply as his agents.
These common features of episcopacy, as it is generally understood among episcopal churches, would have to be taken seriously by British Methodism if the introduction of a form of episcopacy to Methodism were to contribute to, rather than to impede, progress towards unity.
The concept that episcopacy is a 'sign but not a guarantee of the apostolicity of the Church' may be widely acceptable as a testimony to its symbolic witness to links across time, while testifying too to the obvious truth that bishops are not automatically and invariably wise or faithful.
users.adelphia.net /~albarran/main/historia/apologetics.htm   (18417 words)

 An Argument for Lutheran Episcopacy
This argument, that they depict a primitive episcopacy, is strengthened by the fact that episcopal polity is found to be nearly universal very shortly after the apostolic era.
And so, while episcopacy is simply a human arrangement in the church, it seems to have been the normal arrangement since the new testament itself.
Episcopacy is the historic polity of the church, and the most widely accepted polity around the world.
reformationtoday.tripod.com /chemnitz/id35.html   (5818 words)

 wfn.org | Lutherans discuss episcopacy in a global perspective at Gettysburg meeting
Although the episcopacy in Sweden has changed in recent decades, he maintained that the question of continuity is still important.
This is a plane of the church's life that lies unbroken from the first days, she said, suggesting that a bishop with and among the people is less in danger of becoming a managerial monster.
Episcopacy as ecumenical office Bishop Manas Buthelezi of South Africa who traced the roots of his church back to mission work by Americans and Europeans.
www.wfn.org /2000/11/msg00240.html   (1008 words)

 episcopacy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
With regard to episcopacy, the passages in the 1971 document are quoted with approval.
A study guide was produced (6), which does draw a little more attention to episcopacy and says – on what authority is not clear – that the office of bishop would be “open equally to men and women” (sheet 4 in the pack).
www.enfys.org /episcopacy.html   (3545 words)

 Bishops, Presbyters, and Women by Gerald Bray   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
John Calvin was not against episcopacy in England, and is said to have recommended it as the best form of church government for Poland.
On that point, Calvin and those who followed him argued that episcopacy was not an indispensable part (the so-called esse) of the church, and it should be noted that the language of the preface to Cranmer’s Ordinal is worded in such a way that it can be regarded as supporting that view.
To admit that not all bishops have fulfilled their function(s) in the most edifying manner is not to deny that this is a real and valuable ministry, and one which has helped to permit the wide range of diversity which the Church of England exhibits at parish level.
www.geocities.com /the_theologian/content/pastoralia/bray_episcopacy.html   (4856 words)

 Of Reformation Touching Church Discipline in
Episcopacy (often referred to as prelacy) is pictured as a corruption of the egalitarian practices of the primitive church.
The defenders of episcopacy also rely on arguments based on antiquity (in a sort of "we've been doing it this way since the beginning" kind of move); Milton argues that antiquity and tradition are no substitute for the plain words of Scripture.
It was Episcopacy that led the good and holy Men through the temptation of the Enemy and the snare of this present world to many blame-worthy and opprobrious Actions.
www.brysons.net /miltonweb/ofreformation.html   (2334 words)

 Library Articles   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The roots of the United Methodist episcopacy reach back to September 1, 1784 when—in a private home in Bristol, England—John Wesley "set apart" the Anglican clergyman Dr. Thomas Coke as "superintendent" of the Methodist work in America.
The church recognizes that the episcopacy is a demanding ministry, and the Discipline calls for bishops with specific gifts and graces.
The Wesleyan tradition understands the episcopacy as consisting of persons who are holy in their lives, Catholic in their faith, and apostolic in their courage.
www.goodnewsmag.org /library/articles/kinghorn-ma95.htm   (2185 words)

 1992 Book of Discipline: Paragraph 612   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Such a transfer shall not be concluded until the committee on episcopacy of each jurisdiction involved has approved the plan insofar as it affects its own jurisdiction, by majority vote of those present and voting, and the jurisdictional conferences, meeting concurrently, have also approved.
Request for transfer from either a bishop or jurisdictional committees on episcopacy must be received by the interjurisdictional committee on episcopacy by April 1 of the year next preceding jurisdictional conferences.
The interjurisdictional committee on episcopacy will arrange consultation between bishop(s) requesting transfer and the appropriate jurisdictional committee(s) on episcopacy by July 1 of the year preceding jurisdictional conference(s).
www.gcah.org /GC96/PETS/BD92/TEXT/d0612.html   (294 words)

 Episcopacy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
around issues of modern morality - specifically the place of homosexuals in the clergy, but also the ordination of women and their promotion to the episcopacy.
The Church needs to make a final resolution on the promotion of female clergy to the episcopacy.
He was elected to the episcopacy in 1996 by the North Central Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church and served eight years as bishop of the Dakotas Area...
www.wikiverse.org /episcopacy   (246 words)

 1992 Book of Discipline: Paragraph 513
Complaints.--A complaint prepared by the review committee, to the jurisdictional/central conference committee on episcopacy, must be based on incompetence, ineffectiveness, or one or more of the offenses listed in 2623 and shall be submitted in written form and signed by the chairperson of the review committee.
Complaints shall be lodged with the chairperson of the jurisdictional committee.
In rare instances when the jurisdictional/central conference committee deems the matter serious enough and when one or more offenses listed in 2623 are involved, the jurisdictional/central conference committee on episcopacy may refer the complaint to the jurisdictional/central conference committee on investigation for possible trial (2625.2).
www.gcah.org /GC96/PETS/BD92/TEXT/d0513.html   (697 words)

 E. Tegla Davies, Ebenezer Thomas Davies : Episcopacy and the Royal Supremacy in the Church of England in the XVI Century   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Tegla Davies, Ebenezer Thomas Davies : Episcopacy and the Royal Supremacy in the Church of England in the XVI Century
Tegla Davies : Episcopacy and the Royal Supremacy in the Church of England in the XVI Century
Episcopacy and the Royal Supremacy in the Church of England in the XVI Century
books.mysic.ca /Author/E_Tegla_Davies   (68 words)

 Blowers Reponse   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Advocates of episcopacy, presbyterial structure, and congregationalism, from the 17th century right on into the era of the early Stone-Campbell movement, all grounded their apologies in New Testament evidence.
Some sort of "episcopacy" or supervisory ministry in an inter-congregational context is inevitable in the church if there is to be any solidarity and common mission.
There are a number of positives with the regional ministry design, such as the regional commissions on ministry which help to screen candidates for pastoral ministry and to exercise appropriate discipline in the rare cases of pastoral misconduct.
www.disciples.org /ccu/documents/dialpapblow.htm   (1541 words)

 HTC: The Function of Church Administration - The Episcopacy
The first and highest level in the Church hierarchy is the Episcopacy, whose origin from Apostolic times is acknowledged by both the Orthodox and the Roman Catholic Churches.
From the most ancient times the episcopacy had been charged with the right of service, administration, teaching and the appointment of priests.
After this they are seated and begin, each in his turn, to propose their candidates worthy of the episcopacy.
www.holy-trinity.org /ecclesiology/episcopacy.html   (3548 words)

 American Methodist Church - Biblical Episcopacy
Another indication of egalitarian parochial episcopacy is that Paul spoke to the Ephesian Elders (plural) about faithfully overseeing the flock (singular) in Ephesus (singular locale).
The oversight, episcopacy (EPISKOPEIN), belonged to the Elders, not to Paul.
John Wesley's own view of episcopacy can be seen in his citation of Lord King’s Account of the Primitive Church, in which he agreed with King that Bishop and Elder are the same office.
www.ammethch.org /biblical.html   (949 words)

 >>Bishops<< in the NT & the Early Church
During the Reformation in the 16th century, episcopacy was repudiated by many Protestant churches, partly on the grounds of its corruption but also because many believed the system was not based on the New Testament.
In the same 2nd century which saw a rapid development of episcopacy (which even its enemies confirm), the NT canon was far from complete or known.
He begrudgingly acknowledged the historic episcopacy (including patriarchs and archbishops, synods and general councils), claiming that it was "connected with the maintenance of discipline" (Inst.
ic.net /~erasmus/RAZ486.HTM   (950 words)

 Tabloid 2000 - What is Episcopacy?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Episcopacy is the government of a church by bishops.
We do believe that some form of Episcopacy can best help in the implementing/outworking of certain strands of NT teaching.
Some form of episcopacy seems the best answer, but clearly there need to be safeguards to guard against Episcopal meddling, which is sometimes the complaint of those within (e.g.
www.reform.org.uk /tabloid/1998/episcopacy.html   (665 words)

 Episcopacy in Anglican and other Reformation churches (from Christianity) --  Encyclopædia Britannica   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The development of the episcopacy in the Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches has been covered in the general introduction of this section under evolution of the episcopal office.
More results on "Episcopacy in Anglican and other Reformation churches (from Christianity)" when you join.
The origins of episcopacy are obscure, but by the 2nd century AD it was becoming established in the main centres of Christianity.
0-www.britannica.com.library.unl.edu /eb/article-67509   (574 words)

 The Methodist Episcopacy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Whatever a bishop did, the same did the presbyter; the particular acts of their office were the same; the only difference that was between them was in degree; but this proves there was none at all in order.
Stillingfleet's address on the.subject of episcopacy was more complete than King's, [8] but from Stillingfleet it appears that Wesley learned that the episcopacy, while attested to in the Scriptures, is not required by the scriptures.
He was, as he said in his letter to his brother, "a scriptural episcopos, as much as any man in England or in Europe." [34] But this did not mean that he wished to separate from the Church of England.
www.revneal.org /Writings/methepisc.htm   (3230 words)

 1992 Book of Discipline: Paragraph 507   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
A bishop may be recommended for assignment to the same residence for a third quadrennium only if the jurisdictional committee on episcopacy, on a two-thirds vote and the jurisdictional conference by a two-thirds vote determines such assignment to be in the best interest of the jurisdiction.
In the event that more than one retired bishop is assigned to fulfill presidential responsibilities in one episcopal area, the Episcopal Fund shall be responsible only for the difference between the pensions paid the retired bishops and the remuneration of one active bishop.
This assignment may be renewed for a second year by a two-thirds vote of the Council of Bishops and majority vote of the jurisdictional or central committee on episcopacy and the consent of the bishop and the College of Bishops involved.
www.gcah.org /GC96/PETS/BD92/TEXT/d0507.html   (370 words)

 Episcopacy Anew
To be fair to Diocesan bishops, the Bishop of Beverley has not had to endure the millstone of diocesan machinery that is put around their necks but he has had to survive with an inadequate backup.
It is about living communication with people in their joys and sorrows who have been able to forge a deep bond with the bishop who cares for them through their parish priest.
A truly collaborative episcopacy will need to be more concerned for a generosity of co-operation with the P.E.V.'s in the proclamation of the faith, and a letting-go of that defensiveness about territorial rights and jurisdiction.
trushare.com /59APR00/ap00gais.htm   (1142 words)

 A Letter in Relation to the Division of the Diocese of New-York
If Episcopacy is worth adhering to as a ground of distinction from other Christian denominations, it must be because we find it in the Scriptures, and derive it from the apostles.
It is corrupted, and become abominable, while it is nevertheless an Episcopacy, and an Episcopacy with the three-ordered ministry.
The funds with which Cranmer would have had new bishoprics endowed, became the spoil of rapacious courtiers; the inconvenience attending the system of suffragan Episcopacy were soon felt; and while the temporary provision was silently abandoned, worldly men and worldly views effectually shut out all hope of extensive permanent improvement.
justus.anglican.org /resources/pc/usa/whittingham/division.html   (4957 words)

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