The Shores of Dallamar
The Chosen are the rare few individuals who can directly channel divine power. Most clergy in a given church are not among the Chosen. Clerics who rank as highly as a bishop or a pontiff are generally incapable of directly channeling divine favor. It is understood that the Chosen are not to remain in administrative roles, or cloister themselves in a monastic environment, but are to be sent out into the world to directly spread the faith and do the good works appropriate for the God who selected the Chosen.
This divine gift of the Gods can come at any time in a person’s life, and often strikes the most unlikely candidates. In some cases, the gift is taken away. This seems to happen most often when the gift is squandered by the Chosen, but has been snatched from those who would seem worthy of retaining the gift.