In (September 2002, page 53), Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson makes several claims about episcopal oversight, challenging ELCA members to conceive and implement a truly episcopate. Hanson claims:
• "The ministry of oversight assists us to see more clearly God's will for our lives and God's work in the world."
• "An evangelical episcopate helps us see more clearly where the text of Scripture intersects with the context of our lives."
• "[An evangelical episcopate] calls us more closely to see through the compassionate eyes of Christ those living in poverty."
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