Diocesan Synod

Guildford Diocesan Synod

Guildford Diocesan Synod is the body, with the Bishop, which sets policy and guides activity in the Diocese of Guildford.

The Synod is a sort of parliament, formed of the Bishops of the Diocese along with elected representatives of clergy and lay people from across the Diocese. The total membership of the Synod is about 120, divided equally between clergy and laity. It is elected every three years by members of the Deanery Synods and meets three times yearly, usually in March, June and November.

Synod considers all aspects of church life: initiatives being referred to it from the national church; diocesan issues over priorities of work; sharing of information on the life of the church at a local level - and makes decisions, along with the Diocesan Bishop, on key policies affecting the Church in the Diocese. Its agendas and the reports on its business show the breadth of its work.

The members of the Diocesan Synod are also members of the Diocesan Board of Finance, who elect representatives to other Diocesan committees. The Synod's work is managed by the Business Planning Group and the Diocesan Secretary is its chief officer.

Diocesan Synod Membership 2018 - 2021

Guildford Diocesan Synod Standing Orders


AndrewWatsonWeb The Right Revd Andrew Watson

Bishop of Guildford


01483 590500

Chairs of the Houses of Clergy and Laity

CathyBlairWeb Cathy Blair

Chair of the House of Clergy


01932 917736

Steve Roberts Web Steve Roberts

Chair of the House of Laity



PeterColesWeb Peter Coles

Diocesan Secretary


01483 790301

Chris Web Chris Ellis

Deputy Diocesan Secretary


01483 790303

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“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field;

it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”

Matthew 13:31

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