In The Apostolic Congress of Great Britain (ACGB)
to the Bishopric within the ACGB are expected to note
the following and abide by them.
The Relevance of The Bishopric
ACGB bishoprics are established on these convictions:
The appointment and enthronement of a Bishop is the
single act in the life of the Church that has sufficient
muscle to motivate the building-up of the total parts
of the Christian Church at challenging situations in
a given geographical area. It saves the situation where
otherwise the morale of God's people in a given geographical
area become weak or crushed. ACGB views the bishopric
as institutional, facilitating, and strategic. We therefore
call on our bishops to be strategic in vision and comprehensive
The bishopric serves as the anchor of the Church with
regard to the move of God's Spirit in a given community
and (therefrom) the outpouring of the Spirit upon the
collective-congregations that worship with the given
community. ACGB sees the bishopric as a structural part
of the nourishment and holistic growth of God's Church
in a given community. We therefore call on our bishops
to build personal courage in the use of the gifts of
the Spirit and also stay prophetic at the cutting edge.
The transformation of an area into a developed state
is a gift of God. The transformation is usually subsequent
to the enthronement of the bishop. The gift is drawn
from the divine grace placed on the life and ministry
of the area bishopric of the Church. ACGB regards its
bishopric as a spiritual rock of a continuing blessing
from God to an area. We call on our bishops to embrace
community transformation as one focus of their responsibility
ACGB is convinced that the bishopric contains terms
of a deeper, biblical, and personal covenant between
the Lord of the Harvest and the area bishopric, in terms
of the salvation of God's people. This deeper, biblical,
and personal covenant evolves over a period of time,
subsequent to the enthronement. ACGB regards this feature
in the life of the Bishopric as the apostolic-pentecostal
character, where the Holy Spirit is particularly recognised
to transform and re-charge His chosen bishops. ACGB
therefore expects its bishops and their respective officers
to adhere faithfully to God's terms placed before them
personally - and in so doing bring strength to the work
and glory to the Lord.
Phases in the Appointment and Consecration of A
law requires three main processes.
he/she must be chosen through a laid-down process.
the candidate's personal level, it involves a thorough
heart-searching and a considerable period of openness
to God and His complete will. In ACGB, this requires
a selection process and an appointment.
the process, a panel examines the credentials, credibility,
and custom of the candidate. They will approve or disapprove
the proposal. If they approve the proposal, they will
recommend her/him to the Executive Council of the Congress
who may accept or refer the recommendation.
second phase is that he/she must be placed.
the Executive Council accepts the recommendation, they
would call the candidate to receive a mission with regards
to a specific area. This is done by committing the spiritual
jurisdiction of the area to him/her. From here, the
Executive Council shall commend the candidate to the
public by appropriate notification, and also to the
other bishops in the area by letter.
will be invited within a specified number of days after
the appearance of the notice. Any objection will be
treated as deemed fit by the Executive Council.
third phase is that he/she must be consecrated a Bishop,
according to the Church tradition.
does this as a Consecration Service. It has four main
lifting up the Lord who saved the Bishop-elect
and called her/him to His royal service,
B] receiving confessions publicly from the Bishop-elect
C] laying hands on her/him with the anointing of oil,
D] presenting his bishopric vestments, and pronouncing
him a Bishop.
Specific Guidelines in the Process
any three member-organisations of ACGB may, by a written
application (giving the reasons as well as the detailed
prospect of a diocesan work in a given area) propose
a Church minister who is a member of ACGB to be appointed
as a Bishop of the Congress and a Bishop for a specified
area of service.
Congress' Executive shall decide on the merits or otherwise
of the proposal.
the Executive decides to encourage the proposal, the
candidate for the bishopric will do the following:
Make a formal application, and receive the initial encouragement.
Visit between 10 and 20 of the Churches or different
congregations in the proposed constituency/diocese -
formally and informally. S/he will also complete the
Develop a Community Reading Programme - for gaining
hold of the dreams and ideas that work the minds of
the people in a given area.
Publish a Community Reader of not less than 100 pages
from the above exercise
Write a 30-40 page thesis on a relevant topic, and defend
it before a panel appointed by the Executive Forum (as
part of the final assessment).
With the co-operation of the ACGB Officers, set up her/his
Diocesan Board - and publish the first 3-year plans
With the approval of Executive Council, set the date,
time and venue for consecration.