But how much of what a good minister does is really that exciting, after all? The new man at Southwark has been a curate, canon, rector, archdeacon and area bishop. He has simply got on with his ministry over many years and, all the evidence suggests, has been recognised by the rest of the church as being very effective and, we assume, used by God.
There have been, and probably always will be, bishops who generate plenty of headlines, and the church needs high profile people who can make an impact on the public consciousness. But those who have that gift need to exercise it in a good way. It's possible to be in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, as many of Bishop Christopher's new colleagues in the House of Bishops will tell him. And for a Diocese which gets a controversial bishop in post, the novelty soon wears off, especially if there's a suspicion that the bishop quite likes the public attention (there have been a few of those too).
Southwark must be breathing a sigh of relief that the new appointment passed off without controversy and argument. That's got to be a good sign for Christopher Chessun as he begins his new ministry.