Each deanery has its own Deanery Synod which consists of lay members, elected at Annual Parochial Church meetings, and the clergy of the deanery, who meet under the joint chairmanship of the Area (Rural) Dean and the Lay Chair.
Members are elected for 3 years and address issues of concern to the church and community at the local level. Matters are sent to them from the diocese and the General Synod and resolutions passed can be sent up for discussion at the higher levels. Many deaneries are charged with apportioning the Parish Share. Members are also the electors for the diocese and vote in the elections for Diocesan Synod and General Synod.
Elections to Deanery Synods took place in 2011. They will take place again in 2014.