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Bishop's Council Election

The Bishop's Council advises the Bishop and helps to form policy for the diocese. By including the Diocesan Mission & Pastoral Committee and the trustees/directors of the Diocesan Board of Finance in the Council, all the elements of strategic thinking and the resources needed to implement them are brought together in one body. As Synod Standing Committee, the Council also manages the business of the Synod between meetings. It is expected that the Council will meet up to nine times per year plus a Saturday away-day. Meetings (except the away-day) will normally be from 5.30 – 7.30 pm. The new Council will take office on 1st January 2019 and remain in post until 31st December 2021.

Meeting dates 2019

According to Synod standing orders, the Bishop’s Council shall consist of:-  
Ex officio members

  • The Bishop of Guildford (President)
  • The Archdeacon of Surrey
  • The Archdeacon of Dorking
  • The Chairman of the Board of Finance

Elected members

  • The Chairman of the House of Clergy (Vice-President)
  • The Chairman of the House of Laity (Vice-President)
  • 4 ordained persons having the Bishop’s licence
  • 6 lay persons on the electoral roll of a parish in the diocese or declared by the Dean to a habitual worshipper at the Cathedral


  • The Council may co-opt up to 4 additional members


  • The Bishop may nominate up to 4 additional members two of whom shall be a suffragan bishop in the diocese or the Dean of the Cathedral in the diocese

The Diocesan Synod, therefore, needs to elect 4 clergy and 6 lay persons, with the qualifications listed above. Synod Standing Orders require that clergy and lay candidates are elected separately, by Houses. Those elected will become directors of the Board of Finance, and ex officio members of the Board, if not already members of Synod (the membership of Diocesan Synod and the Diocesan Board of Finance is almost exactly the same). Elected members must not be prohibited from serving as a company director or charity trustee, and be under 70 years of age on the date of their election, but the Bishop can grant a waiver to this.

Each nomination must be proposed and seconded by members of Diocesan Synod from the same House as the candidate, and all three must sign the nomination form.

Nomination papers must be returned to the Presiding Officer at Church House, 20 Alan Turing Road, Guildford GU2 7YF so as to arrive no later than 12 noon on Monday 19th November 2018.

If there are more candidates than places for any election, a ballot will be held. Voting papers will be sent to all members of the relevant House of Diocesan Synod, who are the electors.

Bishop's Council Nomination Form

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