'Synod' is the method of governance in the Church of England. The Diocesan Synod is a body formed of the Bishops of the Diocese along with elected representatives of clergy and lay people from across the Diocese.
The functions of the Diocesan Synod are to:
- Consider matters concerning the Church of England and to make provision for such matters in relation to our Diocese.
- Express an opinion on matters of religious or public interest.
- To advise the Bishop
- To consider and express an opinion on any matters referred to it by the Church of England's General Synod
The Bishop has a duty to consult the Diocesan Synod on matters of general importance and concern to the Diocese.
In turn the Diocesan Synod keeps the Deanery Synods informed about policies and problems of the Diocese and provides an opportunity to discuss any matters raised by Deanery Synods in a Diocesan context.
Members of the Diocesan Synod include clergy and laity elected from across the diocese, the Bishops, Dean, Archdeacons, Chancellor, Chair of the Diocesan Board of Finance, Chair of the Diocesan Board of Education, Chair of the Diocesan Advisory Committee, and the General Synod members from this diocese.