228 Years of Bishops in Methodist Tradition
Each time The United Methodist Church elects bishops, the church adds a new chapter to its history.
Last week was no exception when U.S. jurisdictional conferences met to elect 11 new bishops and reassign presiding bishops. In coming months, United Methodists will elect or re-elect bishops in Africa, Europe and the Philippines.
With that in mind, it’s a good time to pause for a few history lessons on bishops and The United Methodist Church.
Let’s start with 1784 and the Christmas Conference in Baltimore. What happened there set a precedent for election that continues today…