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23/05/18

Do you want to become a voice at the heart of the Diocese of Coventry? Then why not stand to be a member of the Diocesan Synod?

The Diocesan Synod is an elected body which has an important role in deciding the strategic direction of the diocese. This summer the Synod will have elections to determine who will serve on it for the next 3 years.

Anyone who is on the Church Electoral Roll of any parish can stand however they need to be nominated and seconded by a Member of the House of Clergy or Laity of the Deanery Synod.

Could this be you? Is God calling you to serve in this way?

What does the word Synod mean?

The word ‘Synod’ comes from the Greek language and means ‘the way together’. In Coventry we very much want to bring together a group of people, with different expertise, from all walks of life to help us take the diocese forward in our mission purpose to ‘worship God, make new disciples and transform communities’.

What would it involve?

The Synod meets three times a year in March, June and November. The meetings in March and November are on a Saturday morning, the June meeting is in the evening, usually with a meal. The meeting is a mixture of worship, prayer, presentations, debates and discussions.

There are normally two or three major topics for the Synod to discuss. We want to involve you in developing a more interactive way for Synod members to engage with the big topics. Diocesan Synod is also asked by the General Synod to express a view on national issues from time to time.

The Synod feeds into various management committees in the diocese and members are encouraged to offer themselves to these where they are able to. So if you have a passion for education, finance matters or on matters relating to land and property for instance, you may be interested in serving on the Diocesan Board of Education, or on the Glebe or Property management committees. There are many opportunities for you to explore.

Interested in taking this further?

You can talk to Ruth Marlow, Diocesan Secretary if you want to find out more information by emailing ruth.marlow@covcofe.org or call 024 7652 1309.

Alternatively, you can contact Jo Swain, Governance & Grants Officer, joanne.swain@covcofe.org or call 024 7652 1309.

Or more information available here: http://www.dioceseofcoventry.org/diocesansyno

Who can stand?

Clergy: Any licensed clerk in Holy Orders who is a member of the Deanery Synod or who is working or residing in the Deanery, provided that he or she shall not stand for election in any other deanery and they are not disqualified from being a charity trustee under section 72(1) of the Charities Act 1993.

Laity: Any lay person who is an actual communicant member of the Church of England of 16 years or upwards and whose name is entered on the Church Electoral Roll of any parish in the deanery, provided they are not disqualified from being a charity trustee under section 72(1) of the Charities Act 1993.

Who can nominate and second candidates?

Members of the House of Clergy of the Deanery synod (other than co-opted members) for the House of Clergy.
Members of the House of Laity of the Deanery synod (other than co-opted members) for the House of Laity.

What is the timetable for the election?
  • Nomination forms will be will be issued by the Presiding Officer, Mrs Ruth Marlow on Tuesday 29th May.
  • Nominations must be received by the Presiding Officer by 20 June 2018.
  • Where an election is necessary, voting papers will be mailed to the electorate on Monday 25 June 2018.
  • Voting papers must be returned to the Deanery Presiding Officer by noon on Wednesday 11 July 2018.


All Candidates will be notified of the results of the election by Friday 14th July 2018 and the new members of Synod will take office from 1st August for a term of three years, until 31st July 2021.

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