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Diocesan Synod

The Diocesan Synod is the body of representatives of the clergy and lay people in the Diocese, which meets together with the bishops, archdeacons and other senior post holders in the Diocese to discuss matters of concern for the Church in Greater Lincolnshire, and to make provision for those things that require some form of action or statement. The Synod may from time to time express its opinion on matters of religious or public interest.

Clergy and lay elected representatives are elected every three years. The first Diocesan Synods met in 1970, and elections have been held every three years since. Election is by the members of the Deanery Synods of the diocese. The number of representatives of each deanery is in proportion to the total number of ‘members’ of the churches in that deanery, compared with the diocese as a whole. The House of Clergy and the House of Laity should have approximately the same number of members.

The Diocesan Synod should discuss matters of national significance, as well as issues that affect local congregations. In Lincoln we are making a conscious effort to make our meetings of Synod engaging and lively, with plenty of opportunity for wide ranging debate in areas where we may not always agree.

There are usually 3 meetings of Diocesan Synod in a calendar year, with the exception of a new triennium year where there is an additional inaugural synod held after the elections have been confirmed.

Meeting dates for 2024

Saturday 27th April: 9am – 1pm

Saturday 20th July: 9am – 1pm

Saturday 28th September: 9am – 1pm

Saturday 16th November: 9am – 1pm

Diocesan Synod Digests

A Synod Digest is created after each meeting, so that members can take business back to their Deanery Synod meetings and PCCs. Please find Synod Digests for this current triennium below.