"follow your bishop, as Jesus Christ followed the Father, and the presbytery as the Apostles; and to the deacons pay respect, as to God's commandment" — Epistle of Ignatius to the Smyrnans 8:1.
"He that honoureth the bishop is honoured of God; he that doeth aught without the knowledge of the bishop rendereth service to the devil" — Epistle of Ignatius to the Smyrnans 9:1.
While Ignatius of Antioch offers the earliest clear description of monarchial bishops (a single bishop over all house churches in a city) he is an advocate of monepiscopal structure rather than describing an accepted reality.
To the bishops and house churches to which he writes, he offers strategies on how to pressure house churches who don't recognize the bishop into compliance.
Priests, deacons and lay ministers cooperate and assist their bishop(s) in shepherding a flock."your godly bishop" — Epistle of Ignatius to the Magnesians 2:1."the bishop presiding after the likeness of God and the presbyters after the likeness of the council of the Apostles, with the deacons also who are most dear to me, having been entrusted with the diaconate of Jesus Christ" — Epistle of Ignatius to the Magnesians 6:1. 100% Free Online Dating for Bishop Singles at Mingle2Our free personal ads are full of single women and men in Bishop looking for serious relationships, a little online flirtation, or new friends to go out with.