A detailed release on the basic structure of the clergy and its illustration can be found here:
Clerical sect/ Exarch > Bishop > Priest > Lay Priest
Paladin sect/ Exarch > Exemplar > Master Paladin > Paladin > Apprentice
Militant sect/ Exarch > Exemplar > Temple Lieutenant >Temple Sergeant > Temple Knight
Scholar sect/ Exarch > Abbess > Dean > Professor > Scholar
Monastic sect/ Exarch > Abbess > Prioress > Monk > Postulant
All new members are pooled into the rank of Novice, which is a student, introductory, and trial rank for the clergy. In this period, all students undergo formation and familiarization with the way the guild works OOC, and the ways of the Church IC through their attendance of guild events and classes through the Philosophical Seminary. Both of these things are of equal importance to the novitiate, thus we rarely allow people to ascend ranks without knowing both the way the guild works (OOC) and the way the church works (IC).
Their are additional implementations in the clergy that are not noted in our rank structure.
Order of Bishops
Bishops are prelates who have been consecrated to the bishopric in special service to church governance. Bishops are the only ones allowed to administer holy orders (ordain/anoint to the priesthood/paladinhood) and thus are revered and held to higher standards than other clerics. They are all part of the body known as the Order of Bishops.
The Church is a strong political presence and feels it a part of its duty to steer the forces who accept the faith in the way of good, but to also keep relations with orders and regiments who must be cared for pastorally, sacramentally, and spiritually. The Archdiocese successfully keeps an office devoted to this cause, among it novices, paladins, priests, and laymen who serve the church and their assigned soldiers through their word, quill, and spiritual direction.
St. Bridenbrad Clinic is a medical body in Stormwind City who is sponsored by Church funds. The funds given to the clinic by the Church keep it a free clinic. All medical doctors, diviners, naturalists, and administrative workers are encouraged to apply to Morwen for volunteer work or possible paid positions.
Fear not, young one, for this crusader shall not taste death. In life, Bridenbrad was the bearer of great deeds. Now, in passing, he shall taste only paradise. The Light does not abandon its champions.
Northshire Abbey is the closest monastery to Stormwind City, currently ran by thee pastoral up-keeping of the Abbot. The Philosophical College is another body that operates under the authority of the Abbess and the guidance of professors and the Dean. Attendance is the way novices continue with their vocations. All professors who wish to speak to the seminary or receive tenure for a paid position are welcome to mail Moorwhelp.
Vocations Department includes the Head of Vocations (Moorwhelp), vocation directors, and vocation director trainees. The vocation directors handle all matters of recruitment, including application processing, IC meetings and discernment, and inductions.