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In the Baptist tradition, pastors and bishops are, for all intents and purposes, the same. Methodists, Episcopalians, Catholics, etc., a bishop appoints pastors to churches in a designated region and governs over them.
Episcopacy is the governance of churches by bishops (consistent with the faith traditions of Episcopalians, Methodists, etc.).
Adam was Eve's "covering." Consequently, God held Adam responsible for Eve eating the fruit. In the Baptist Church, one can rise no higher than an ordained Pastor.
As such, the only covering is that of the local church.
Clergy Roles and Qualifications: Can a National Baptist church select a pastor that is not Ordained or Licensed by the National Baptist Church, but has been ordained and licensed by another denomination?
It is recommended that the church ask it's district moderator to convene the council.