The Deanery Synod is a gathering place for clergy and lay representatives in the deanery, where we can pray and take counsel together, supporting one another in mission, and co-ordinating our service and sharing of the Gospel.
Derby City Deanery Synod comprises approximately 50 Deanery Clergy and 125 Lay Representatives from all parishes (allocated according to the number of people on each parish church’s Electoral Roll). Most business is conducted in a combined meeting, but occasionally there are separate meetings for the House of Clergy and the House of Laity. There will be a round of elections for Lay Representatives in early 2017. Lay Representatives are elected within their parish to serve for three years.
Lay Chair: Mrs Madelaine Goddard
Secretary: Mr Peter Vincent
Treasurer: Mrs Kathryn Hicks
Future Deanery Synod Dates: venues tbc
Wednesday 24 January 2018
Thursday 24 May 2018
Tuesday 25 September 2018
And one date in November tbc
The Deanery Synod provides a vital structural bridge between parochial church councils (PCCs) and Diocesan Synods, bringing together clergy and lay people from neighbouring parishes to discuss issues relating to mission and ministry in the local area. Sometimes it will make a formal decision, sometimes by means of a vote and a local concern raised in your Deanery Synod could find its way onto an agenda for debate by your Diocesan Synod and even by the General Synod.
The Deanery Synod is an important part of the structure and culture of the Church of England. Members are elected by parishes, and the Deanery Synod in turn elects representatives to the Diocesan Synod. Deanery synod meetings are concerned with seeking God’s will for the mission of the Church locally, so it needs to be Christ-centred, prayerful and open to the Spirit speaking through all.
It can take strategic decisions to advance local mission and ministry, but it also serves the witness and mission of the wider Church.
Potentially the work that Deanery Synods do at local level can help shape the Church at national level for years to come.