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Answ. By the election of the gen. eral conference, and the laying on of the hands of three bishops, or at least of one bishop and two elders.
Quest. 2. If by death, expulsion, or otherwise, there be : no bishop remaining in our church, what shalt
Answ. The general conference sball elect a bishop; and the elders, or any three of them, who shall be appointed by the general conference for that purpose, shall ordain him according to our form of ordination:
Quest. 3. What are the duties of a bishop?
Answ. 1. To preside in our conferences.
2. To fix the appointments of the preachers for the several circuits, provided he shall not allow any preacher to remain in the same station more than two years successively; except the presiding elders, the editor and general book steward, the assistant editor and general book steward, the supernumerary, superannuated and worn out preachers.
3. In the intervals of the confer.
ences, to changé, receive and suspend preachers, as necessity may require, and as the discipline directs,
4. To travel through the connexion at large.
5. To oversee the spiritual and temporal business of the societies. ,
6. To ordain bishops, elders, and deacons.
Quest. 4. To whom is a bishop amenable for his conduct? 1. Answ. To the general conference, who have power to expel him for improper conduct, if they see it necessary.
Quest. 5. What provision shall be made for the trial of a bishop, if he should be accused of immorality in the interval of the general conference ?
Answ. If a bishop be accused of immorality, three travelling elders shall call upon him, and examine him on the subject; and if the three elders verily believe that the bishop is guilty of the crime, they shall call to their aid two presiding elders, from two districts in the neighbourhood of that where the crime was
committed, each of which presiding elders shall bring with him two elders, or an elder and a deacon. The above mentioned nine persons shall form a conference, to examine into the charge brought against the bishop : and if two thirds of them verily believe him to be guilty of the crime laid to his charge, they shall have authority to suspend the bishop till the ensuing general con ference, and the districts shall be regulated in the mean time as is pro• vided in the third and fifth sections ; but no accusation shall be received against a bishop except it be deliv. ered in writing, signed by those who are to prove the crime, and a copy of the accusation shall be given to the accused bishop.
Quest. 6. If a bishop cease from travelling at large among the people, shall he still exercise his episcopal office ainong us in any degree?
Ansu. If he ceases from travelling without the consent of the general conference, he sball not thereafter exercise the episcopal office in our church
SECTION V. of the Presiding Elders, and of their
duty, Quest. 1. By whom are the presia ding elders to be chosen?
Answ. By the bishops.
Quest. 2. What are the duties of a presiding elder?
Answ. 1. To travel through his appointed district.
2. In the absence of the bishop, to take charge of all the elders, and deacons, travelling and local preachers, and exhorters in nis district.
3. To change, receive, and suspend preachers in his district during the intervals of the conferences, and in the absence of a bishop, as the discipline directs.
4. In the absence of a bishop, to preside in the conference, but in case there are two or more presiding elders belonging to one conference, the bishop or bishops may by letter or otherwise appoint the president ; but if no appointment be made, or if the presiding elder appointed do not attend, the conference shall in either of these cases elect the president by ballot, without a debate, from among the presiding elders.
5. To be present, as far as practieable, at all the quarterly meetings; and to call together at each quarter. ly meeting, a quarterly meeting conference, consisting of all the travelling and local preachers, exhorters, stewards, and leaders of the circuit, and none else, to hear complaints, and to receive and try appeals. The quarterly meeting conference shall appoint a secretary to take down the proceedings of the quarterly meeting couference, in a book kept by one of the stewards of the cir. euit for that purpose.
6. To oversee the spiritual and temporal business of the societies in his district.
7. To take care that every part of our discipline be enforced in his district.
8. To attend the bishops when present in his district; and to give ihem, when absent, all necessary information, by letter, of the state of bis district.