General Synod

The national assembly of the Church of England who make decisions on doctrine and practice.

The General Synod is the national assembly of the Church of England. It came into being in 1970 replacing an earlier body known as the Church Assembly. It continues a tradition of synodical government which, in England, has its origins in the medieval period.

It consists of bishops, clergy and laity who meet twice a year (occasionally three times) to make decisions on the doctrine and practice of the Church of England.  It votes the funding for the work of the church centrally.

As well as matters of worship and discipline, it also addresses wider concerns, national and international, and seeks to articulate a Christian approach to the issues of the day.  Elected members serve for 5 years.

What’s currently being discussed?

The Church of England Newspaper and The Church Times regularly feature items which are to be discussed at the General Synod and report on the proceedings and the decisions made.

Find out more information about the Synod on the Church of England website here.