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Unlike many other denominations, there are no formal rules for becoming ordained as a Baptist bishop. The recipient must first be a pastor, and then the congregation has to decide to elevate his or her title to the level of bishop. There are also no specific governing rules for becoming a pastor in the Baptist faith.
Determine if you feel called to be a leader in the Baptist church. A person seeking the position of pastor and then eventually bishop must not only have a strong relationship with God, but feel that he or she is meant to share his gifts and skills in that particular way.
Seek the support and advice of local Baptist leaders or elders. They will provide guidance in determining if the ministry is a right decision for you, as well how to build yourself as a person who can lead others in the faith.
Enroll in a Bible college or theology education. Although this is not required in the Baptist faith, it can be useful when seeking appointment as a pastor at a Baptist church. It can also encourage the congregation to eventually elevate your status from pastor to bishop.
Interview with churches seeking a pastor. The process and expectation in getting an appointment as a pastor is an individual decision among each church, although many times an election is held after the interview process.
Prove yourself as a faithful, trustworthy and strong pastor. Only the congregation can make the decision to grant you the status of bishop. When and if you feel you are called to be named a bishop, talk it over with the trustees of the church board. Generally, the title of bishop is only given to pastors who have served for many years.
Clayton Yuetter has worked as a professional writer since 1999. His writing has appeared in many journals and websites such as The Milk House, The Country Folks, Progressive Dairyman and Three Times Daily. He received a Master of Arts in writing at the National University of Ireland, Galway.