The Presiding Bishop is an office in the church hierarchy of the church. It consists of a Bishop and his two counselors. The members of the Presiding Bishopric act as "General Authorities" of the church, oversee the temporal affairs (buildings, properties, commercial corporations, etc.) of the church and oversee the bishoprics of wards (congregations) throughout the world. The Presiding Bishopric is a part of the Council on the Disposition of the Tithes, along with the First Presidency and Council of Twelve Apostles which oversee and authorize the expenditure of all tithing funds.
A man recognized as a "literal descendent of Aaron" can, under the direction of the First Presidency, hold the office of Presiding Bishop alone, without counselors. To date, no man in any Latter Day Saint tradition has held the office of Presiding Bishop under these conditions. Edward Partridge was the first man ordained to the office of bishop in the early Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day-Saints on February 4, 1831. This office became known as the First Bishop and later the "Presiding Bishop" when subordinate bishops were called in the Nauvoo period (1839–1844).