A new Diocesan Synod

Please note that the election process for the next triennium of Diocesan Synod is now underway.

Nomination Forms are now being distributed and the closing date is 12 noon on Tuesday 29 May 2018.

Please share this information widely and encourage people to stand for election to this important body.

Why is Diocesan Synod Important?

In short Diocesan Synod is empowered to:

  • consider matters concerning the Church of England and to make provision for such matters in relation to their diocese and
  • advise the Bishop

It makes key decisions about mission and ministry across the diocese as well as finance including the diocesan budget and Parish Share methodology. Membership of Synod opens the door for election to Archbishop’s Council and participation in other diocesan committees.

Who is eligible to stand?

  • Any licensed priest currently on a deanery synod may stand.
  • Any lay person who a communicant, sixteen years old or older and on an electoral roll of a parish in the Diocese or on the roll of the Cathedral may also stand.

Please note that Area Deans and Lay Chairs of deaneries are already ex-officio members of Diocesan Synod.

Laity do not necessarily have to be deanery synod members, but those proposing and seconding do however have to be members of deanery synods for both clergy and laity.

Electors shall be those whose names and addresses are recorded in the register of lay electors.

How do I nominate someone? 

Forms are also available at Diocesan House from Victoria Greatorex (vgreatorex@diocant.org/ 01227 459401).

Information about Diocesan Synod

There are usually 3 Diocesan Synod meetings taking place every year.

Dates for 2018/19 are:

  • Thursday 4th October 2018
  • Saturday 9th March 2019
  • Wednesday 10th July 2019
  • Saturday 16th November 2019

Saturday synods begin at 9.30am with worship and generally finish by 3.00pm.  Tea and coffee refreshments are provided and members are asked to bring their own lunches. Any weekday synods begin at 6:30pm and finish by 9pm.

Venues for Synod are mainly in Canterbury or Ashford with occasional meetings in Maidstone and Broadstairs. Wherever possible venues have the benefit of off-street parking.

Information regarding election of Synod members to Archbishop’s Council and Committees will be circulated later in the year.