A closed meeting of leading church figures at Bangor Cathedral has ended without them choosing a new bishop for the diocese.
The selection meeting began on Tuesday
Members of the Church in Wales electoral college had been meeting behind locked doors since Tuesday to choose a replacement for the Right Reverend Saunders Davies, who stepped down last month.
But the meeting has ended without the college reaching a decision according to the church's constitution and the choice of the new bishop will now be up to a bench of bishops
It's the first time that the bench of bishops has been called on to make the decision.
The electoral college had until 1800 on Thursday to make their choice after meeting in private in the cathedral since early on Tuesday.
No nominee gained two thirds of the votes cast in the secret ballot and the meeting finished early.
"Consequently, the on-going process of discernment as to the best person to become the next Bishop of Bangor becomes one for the bench of bishops of the Church in Wales," said church spokesman Siôn Brynach.
"No rigid time-frame is laid down in the Church in Wales constitution within which the bishops are required to come to a decision, and they will wish to give careful and prayerful consideration to this matter for a period before announcing their decision," he said,