Diocesan Synod

Diocesan Synod can be thought of as the ‘parliament’ of the diocese.

Diocesan Synod considers matters referred from General Synod, Deanery Synods, PCCs, and from individual Synod members. It formulates diocesan policy on a wide range of issues, assists the bishops and their staff to support and oversee the work of the diocese, approves the budget, and debates important local and national issues affecting the Church.

Synod is comprised of three houses – bishops, clergy, and laity – who meet together, although on some issues they vote separately.

Synod has over 180 members, 143 of whom are elected from across the diocese. Meetings are held three times a year. This helps to provide a system of democratic representation and accountability. A new Synod was elected in July 2021.

Download the diocesan calendar below to see other key meetings.

Meetings to be held in 2024

Wednesday, 10th July at 18.30 at Flourish House, Cathedral Park, Wells BA5 1FD
Saturday, 16th November at 09.30 (venue to be confirmed)

Who to contact

Peter Evans, Assistant Diocesan Secretary


Download the presidential address from Diocesan Synod for March 2024 or read the news item. 

Presidential Address - November 2023

2024 Diocesan Calendar of Meetings

Presidential Address - March 2023

Synod minutes -13 July 2022

Constitution and Standing Orders


2025 Diocesan Calendar of Meetings

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