What is the General Synod and what does it do?
The General Synod is the national assembly of the Church of England, commonly referred to as the Church's Parliament. It considers and approves legislation affecting the whole of the Church of England, authorises new forms of worship, debates matters of religious and public interest, and approves the annual budget for the work of the Church at national level.
Because your voice counts! To serve the breadth of the Church of England, Synod needs to hear the voices of clergy and lay people of all ages, backgrounds and traditions and with a wide range of experience and skills. Teachers, stay at home parents, students, counsellors and fulltime volunteers were among the laity in the last Synod. Clergy range from people in the early years of their ordained ministry to those with extensive senior ministry experience.
Everyone has something to offer and the Synod can learn from everyone. Don't let age put you off - we need younger as well as older members! If you are 18 or above, you are eligible to stand. We particularly encourage black and minority ethnic and people with disabilities to stand as both groups are currently underrepresented amongst the membership of the General Synod.
Please click on the link below to download documents. You can also visit the dedicated website for Synod Elections 2015 which provides important information and video interviews on standing for election to the General Synod for the next five year term 2015 - 2020.
- General Synod Election Timetable 2015
- General Synod: letter to Qualified Electors for the election of Laity
- General Synod: Form of Nomination: Members of the House of Laity
- General Synod: letter to Qualified Electors for the election of Proctors
- General Synod: Form of Nomination: Proctors in Convocation
- Meetings of the General Synod, Committees and Commissions: Suggested Notes 2015
- Synod Elections 2015: Your voice counts leaflet