There will be elections in September to General Synod, the national governing body of the Church of England. The decisions made at General Synod have a significant impact on the life of the local church and its mission. Is God calling you to use your gifts to get involved and stand for election?
General Synod makes decisions on the practice and doctrine of the Church of England, matters of worship and discipline and how we speak as a Church into the concerns of our society and culture. It also determines the laws and funding of the national Church. In this five-year term, it will grapple with issues of human sexuality and the reforms currently being proposed.
The Diocese of Bristol can elect three clergy and three lay members to General Synod.
Who can stand for election in our diocese?
All clergy or retired clergy with permission to officiate (PTO) and all communicant members of a church who are on a church electoral roll (or cathedral roll) in the Diocese of Bristol can stand. There is no need for lay candidates to already be on a parochial church council (PCC), deanery synod or diocesan synod.
The electorate consists of all Deanery Synod members across the Diocese of Bristol, which includes Diocesan Synod members.
What is the term of office?
General Synod representatives serve a five-year term.
What is the time commitment?
You would be expected to attend two five-day meetings a year; one in London and one in York. Occasionally there is a third meeting in London.
What’s expected of General Synod reps?
You would be expected to participate in debates, vote on issues and legislation, and report back on the work of the Synod at a local level. There is also the opportunity to serve on other commissions and committees.
General Synod election timetable
Week beginning 7 September:
By 20 October:
closing date for nominations
candidates invited to record a three-minute video election address
closing date for written election addresses
hustings at the Diocesan Office, Hillside House
closing date for ballot papers
election results announced
If you’d like an informal chat about standing for election, please contact Oliver Home, Diocesan Secretary at email@example.com or call 0117 906 0100.