Diocesan & General Synod

The Church of England is structured both episcopally (by Bishop) and synodically (by Synod).  

If there is more than one church in a given parish, each church may have its own DCC (but this is not legally necessary)[1].  The PCC can delegate certain functions to the DCC [2] (one of which, need to check this....) would be to elect members to Deanery Synod.

Each Church of England parish has an elected executive body named the Parochial Church Council (PCC).  The PCC always contains the clergy and churchwardens. It will also contain other lay members from the parish who are elected at the annual Parochial Church Meeting.[2]  The elections to the PCCs occur every year.

The PCCs elect Deanery Synod reps every "third" year.  (The most recent election was in 2014 for the reps who will serve from 1st June 2014 to 31st May 2017.  The next election will take place in April 2017 for the reps who will serve from 1st June 2017 to 31st May 2020).

The Deanery Synod reps elect Diocesan Synod reps every "third" year.(The most recent election was in 2012 for the reps who will serve from spring 2012 to spring 2015.  The next election will take place in spring 2015 for the reps who will serve from spring 2014 to spring 2017).

The Deanery Synod reps also elect General Synod reps every "fifth" year.  (The most recent election was in Oct/Nov 2010 for the reps who will serve from November 2010 to October 2015.  The next election will take place in Oct/Nov 2015 for the reps who will serve from November 2015 to October 2020).


This means that it is organised as follows:

Parishioners

elect

PCC

which elects:

Deanery Synod Reps

who elect

Diocesan Synod Reps and General Synod Reps


[1]www.churchofengland.org/media/1496968/mpm2011codechapter8.doc
[2]https://www.churchofengland.org/about-us/structure/churchlawlegis/church-representation-rules/part-ii.aspx
[3] http://www.christchurchsw19.org.uk/church_life_dcc.html
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