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Diocesan Synod Elections 2021

Elections to our Diocesan Synod take place every three years. This is where each Deanery in the Diocese elects its clergy and lay representatives to represent them on a Diocesan level for a term of three years. This page sets out the key information that you need to know about these elections. 

Thinking about standing for election or know someone who would make a good candidate? Watch the video below to find out more:


What does a Diocesan Synod member do?

Diocesan Synod members get involved in making strategic decisions which affect the Diocese, for example, Diocesan strategies are put to the Diocesan Synod for approval prior to implementation. The Synod considers and approves standard items such as the annual budget of the Diocese. The Synod also considers matters brought by the Deanery Synods and referred to it by the national General Synod. Members can also bring matters of concern for consideration through Private Members Motions. Diocesan Synod members are expected to consider taking part in other bodies within the governance structures of the Diocese. Diocesan Synod members are also members of the Diocesan Board of Finance (except where they are disqualified due to a conflict of interest) meaning they recieve the annual report and accounts of the CDBF on an annual basis. More information on the Diocesan Synod can be found on the Synod webpage.

How are the elections carried out?

The elections are held within each Deanery. The electorate are the respective Houses of Clergy and Laity of each Deanery (except for co-opted members). The Area Dean (or an appointed substitute) is the Presiding Officer for the House of Laity and the Deanery Lay Chair (or an appointed substitute) is the Presiding Officer for the House of Clergy. 

Who is eligible to stand as a candidate in these elections?

To stand for election as a representative of the clergy you must be a member of the House of Clergy of the Deanery Synod. 

To stand for election as a representative of the laity you must be an actual communicant aged 16 or over and be:

(a) on the electoral roll of a parish in the deanery,

(b) declared by the leader of a mission initiative in the deanery to be part of the worshipping community involved in the initiative.

What is the timetable for the elections?

The timetable is as follows:

14 May – Nomination forms will be issued to members of Deanery Synod.

8 June – closing date for nominations.

18 June – voting papers issued where there is a contested election.

13 July – closing date for voting papers and count takes place thereafter.

15 July – results will be announced by this date.

As each election takes place locally there is a possibility that the timetable may vary slightly due to local circumstances. 

Who should I contact if I am considering standing for election?

If you are a member of a Deanery Synod a nomination form will be sent to you on the date stated above.

If you are not a member of the Deanery Synod then contact you Area Dean (if you are a lay person)


If you would like further information on the Diocesan Synod please contact the Head of Service Delivery, Nathan Whitehead

For more information please contact Nathan Whitehead
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