General Synod

General Synod Elections 2021

Would you like to shape the future direction of the Church of England?

General Synod is the national assembly of the Church of England. Decisions taken at General Synod shape the life, worship, financial health, ministry and mission of our church. Representatives of the whole church of England – dioceses, cathedrals, religious communities, universities, armed forces, bishops, clergy and lay people - usually meet three times a year to debate and decide the future direction of the church. Decisions affect the life of every parish – for example the ordination of women to the priesthood and as bishops; and the recent commitment for the church to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2030 in response to the Climate Emergency.

The following candidates have been nominated for election in 2021.

Click on the candidate's name to download their election address:

Clergy Candidates (4 places)

Lay Candidates (5 places)


  • Closing date for nominations: 12 noon on 3 September
  • Ballot papers issued: 17 September
  • Closing date for ballot papers: 8 October
  • Election count and declaration of results: 11-14 October
  • First session of newly elected Synod: 15-17 November

The election will be run by the Presiding Officer, Flourish House, Wells, with the support of an online elections portal run by Civica.

Guidance is set out in the documents below


Guidance for Proctorial Elections

Guidance for House of Laity

Information for Candidates

Guidance on Election Addresses

Guidance on Appeals




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