GRACE AND PEACE FROM GOD OUR FATHER AND THE LORD JESUS CHRIST,
My assignment has been to lead this college of bishops to higher standards of excellence in ministry. We must face the future and unite if we expect to impact a global leadership deficient and become leaders of leaders.
These posts are designed to put emphasis on doctrine, history, tradition, ethics, and protocol and to come to some clarity and direction for leadership growth. It is also organized to come into fellowship with other leadership visionaries and to have a common ground for the harmony of opinions and issues that face the body of Christ.
The journey of the episcopacy is one of history, doctrine, government, ethics, and tradition. We certainty have a rich history in the church of the establishment and the abuse of all of the above. We also have some deep roots in scripture for separating and maintaining a special order of priesthood that we expect to hold high ethical standards of leadership and character.
The truth is we have been divided over the integrity and abuse of leadership for too long. The real question is whether the historic form of church government we practice, is the only form or one of many styles the Lord has ordained for the church to prosper. Whether what we are experiencing today is replacement of old traditional leadership voices or recognition of additional voices of leadership, a corporate resolution is necessary. Until we organize the messengers the message becomes ineffective.
In addition, we also have standards that at times have devalued the integrity of scripture and caused disappointment to the validity of the Episcopal office. Proper training and commitment to biblical truth will propel us toward respect and effectiveness as we journey to the place God is, and not to the place God was.
The decay of church leadership abuse through the centuries has given rise to a platform of cries from the pews to change, amend, or fix the leadership. Others have heard the voice of the Lord mandating untraditional methods of leadership protocol that have caused more division than unity.
It is not the assignment of this college to judge or ridicule one’s calling. However, it is the mandate of this group to test the integrity of the character of your leadership and the validity of your message.
Yours for the Cause of Christ,
+ D. Myles Golphin