What is Synod?
An assembly of the clergy and elected lay members of Christ's faithful of the Diocese which, for the good of the whole diocesan community assists the bishop in the exercise of his office in leading the People of God. Primarily the synod members are to fulfill their rights and responsibilities to:
- cooperate in the building up of the Body of Christ and foster ecclesial communion,
- promote the growth, edification and sanctification of the local Church,
- make known to the Bishop their spiritual needs,
- manifest to the Bishop their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the local Church.
These responsibilities are fulfilled within the context of a legislative jurisdiction that the Anglican Church Act defines as the "government and administration of the temporal affairs of the Church in the Diocese".