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.

General Synod election results

The Elections for lay and clergy representatives of the Diocese of Norwich to the General Synod have now concluded. The results of the election are as follows:

Elected to serve as Proctors in Convocation (House of Clergy)

  • The Revd Canon Catherine Dobson
  • The Ven Karen Hutchinson
  • The Revd Graham Kirk-Spriggs
  • The Revd Dr Patrick Richmond

Elected to serve as members of the House of Laity

  • Mr John Michael Brydon
  • Mrs Caroline Herbert
  • Mrs Clare Williams

The results sheet can now be downloaded by clicking on the relevant links below

Results for the Proctors in Convocation (House of Clergy)

Results for the Members of the House of Laity

What is General Synod and what does it do?

Find out more about General Synod in the video below.

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.