The role of the Bishop of the Diocese is of a shepherd caring for, holding together, and encouraging, a diverse range of people both lay and ordained, as part of one holy, universal and apostolic church. To this extent the Bishop motivates and empowers people throughout the Diocese to worship, to proclaim, to teach, to serve, and to care for others, in the context of their place of living and work. Thus the Bishop is always seeking to harness human and material resources to further the mission of the Church in the Diocese and also overseas.
Other responsibilities include administering the rites of confirmation, ordination, and episcopal ordination; chairing the Board of Nomination in the deployment of clergy throughout the Diocese; issuing licences to officiating clergy and lay readers; chairing the annual Diocesan Synod and casting a vision for the Diocese; working closely with the Diocesan Administrator and various Diocesan groups and councils to ensure that the Diocese is managed efficiently and smoothly; and, working closely with the Archdeacons who share the work of oversight with the Bishop.
Sometimes the Bishop may be called upon to speak for the Church on issues of morality and public concern. Fostering a good relationship with central government is important.
As the link between the wider church and the Diocese, the Bishop is also responsible for upholding the doctrines and integrity of Anglican beliefs and practises.