Diocesan Council fulfils a senior leadership role in our diocese functioning as "Synod between Synods." To discharge this responsibility requires a major commitment of time. Members of Council are asked to meet the following expectations, as much as able.

  • Attendance:
    • Diocesan Council meetings: Attend all Council meetings, approximately six meetings per year, across the diocese (usually on Saturdays).
    • Committee / team meetings: Every member is expected to be on at least one Synod committee or Council team and to attend meetings, usually about 2 hours, between meetings of the Council.
    • Greater Chapter meetings: Every member belongs to the Greater Chapter in the Archdeaconry where they live. The Greater Chapter usually meets up to three times a year.
  • Preparation: 
    • Take time to prayerfully review and reflect on issues and proposals that are before these meetings. 
  • Participation:
    • Be an active listener, and contribute to the work of the Council, both at meetings and between meetings.   
    • Play a leadership role in Greater Chapter meetings, especially by providing information to and gathering information from parish clergy and lay leaders regarding diocesan affairs.     
    • Try to act always in the best interests of the Diocesan Synod, in an impartial and nonpartisan manner, being personally accountable for one's own decisions and Council's decisions and always seeking to promote understanding of those decisions in one's archdeaconry and across the diocese.  
    • Respect established Diocesan Council norms.