From the September/October, 1998 issue of Touchstone
If I Were the Bishop . . . by Walter W. Benjamin

If I Were the Bishop . . .

A Ten-Point Epistle to the Bishops of the Methodist Church

by Walter W. Benjamin

“If I were the bishop . . . !” How many times have you heard this comment from a fellow clergy or church member? In more tranquil times, of course, our bishops might slough off the gratuitous advice that usually follows. But our church is, to use a medical term, in extremis, and new and strong medicine and new consultants may need to be used and heard.

I have been an ordained Methodist elder for 40 years and, while I have rarely attended annual conferences because of the conflict of summer-school teaching, I have tried to practice Ya . . .


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