Although most Baptist groups are congregationalist
in polity, some have different ecclesiastical organization and adopt an Episcopal polity
governance. In those churches the local congregation has less autonomy and the bishop oversees them, assigning pastors and distributing funds.
Evangelical Baptist Union of Georgia
The Evangelical Baptist Union of Georgia historically have an episcopal polity, with an archbishop as the primate. Archbishop Malkhaz Songulashvili, pastor of the Cathedral of Tbilisi is a charismatic figure and social activist.
Union of Baptist Churches in Latvia
The Baptists of Latvia are result from a revival among German and Latvian Lutherans and organized their first church in 1861. The Union is headed by a Bishop.
Episcopal Baptist Church in Congo
The Église Épiscopale Baptiste
is a baptist
denomination in Democratic Republic of the Congo
. It began with evangelical missionaries who accepted the baptist
doctrines in and organized this denomination retaining the episcopal polity
. The Church became autonomous in 1956.
there are ten bishops, and 105,000 baptized members in 110 territorial parishes. Most of them in the nine provinces of DRC and some in Angola
. The pastor are under supervision from the bishops, who assign them a church.
The EPB is member of the World Council of Churches
and the Église du Christ au......