Diocesan Bishop's Council

The Diocesan Bishop’s Council comprises the ‘Bishop’s Council and Standing Committee of the Guildford Diocesan Synod’, whose functions include transacting the business of the Diocesan Synod when it is not in session, and initiating proposals for action by the Synod:

The functions of the Diocesan Bishop’s Council are:

  • to plan the business of the Diocesan Synod, to prepare the agenda for its sessions, and to circulate to members information about matters for discussion;
  • to initiate proposals for action by the Synod and to advise it on matters of policy which are placed before it;
  • to advise the president (i.e. the Bishop of Guildford) on any matters which he may refer to the Council;
  • subject to the directions of the Synod, to transact the business of the Synod when it is not in session;
  • to appoint or elect members of committees or nominate members for election to committees, subject to the directions of the Synod;
  • to carry out such other functions as the Synod may delegate to it.


The Bishop’s Council consists of the senior Diocesan clergy (i.e. the Bishops, Archdeacons and Dean of Guildford Cathedral), and lay and clerical members of the Diocesan Synod.

Bishop's Council Away day 2015: Reform & Renewal introductory video

Video introducing the Reform & Renewal agenda for the Church of England. As shown to the Diocese of Guildford's Bishop's Council during it's away day, 9 May 2015.
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Reform and Renewal: Powerpoint slides from 9 May Bishop's Council Away Day

Slides as shown to Bishop's Council during its Away Day, 9 May 2015
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