Bishop's Customary and Visitation Forms
Greetings in Christ,
The gospel is about grace, not law, and we as leaders in the church have as our main purpose the proclamation and celebration of that gospel.
So why a customary? The first reason is that, as I Corinthians tells us, our God is a God of order. Secondly, we want to make sure that our ministry has no scandal or impediment. Thirdly, I Timothy tells us that 'the laborer is worthy of his wages,' in other words, fairness and thriving are goals for our common life as the ordained.
This is a new recension of this document, and it continues to evolve. I welcome any feedback. Peace,
The Right Reverend Dr. George R. Sumner Bishop