Description and Duties of Bishop

To indicate a position of top authority, one who is in charge and makes all final decisions for the local congregation. The term emphasizes the function of an elder as exercising authority and supervision “by divine placement, initiative and design”. The duties of the bishop-elders appear to have been as follows:

  1. General superintendence over the spiritual well-being of the flock. 1Pe 5:2
  2. The work of teaching, both publicly and privately. 1Th 5:12; Tit 1:9; 1Ti 5:17
  3. The work of visiting the sick, Jas 5:14
  4. Among other acts of charity, that of receiving strangers occupied a conspicuous place. 1Ti 3:2; Tit 1:8 Peter calls Christ “the shepherd and bishop of your souls.” 1Pe 2:25

Reference: Acts 20:28, Philippians 1:1, 1 Timothy 3:2, Titus 1:5-9, 1 Peter 2:25