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Diocesan and Deanery Synods
The Diocesan Synod is composed of the Houses of Bishops, Clergy and Laity. It has a number of functions:
- To consider matters concerning the Church of England to make provision for these matters in relation to the Diocese of Blackburn
- To consider and express an opinion on other matters of religious or public interest
- To advise the Bishop on any matters on which he may consult the Synod
- To consider and express an opinion on any matters referred to it by the General Synod
- To consider the proposals for the annual budget for the diocese and to approve or dissapprove them
- To consider the annual accounts of the diocesan board of finance
The Bishop has a duty to consult the Diocesan Synod on matters of general concern and importance to the Diocese.
The Diocesan Synod informs the Deanery Synods of the policies and problems of the Diocese and of the business to be dealt with by Diocesan Synod. Through Deanery Synods Diocesan Synod should keep itself informed of events and opinions in the parishes and to give opportunities at its meetings for the discussion of matters raised by Deanery Synods and PCCs.
Diocesan Synod Standing Orders
Deanery Synods consist of a House of Clergy and a House of Laity and, at Deanery level, they exercise similar powers to those of the Diocesan Synod. In addition, they bring together the views of the parishes in the Deanery on common problems, make known provisions made by Diocesan Synod, consider the business of Diocesan Synod and raise such matters with it as the Deanery Synod considers appropriate.
Diocesan Synod may delegate functions to Deanery Synods in relation to the parishes of the individual Deanery, in particular the determination of parochial shares (the amount each parish is requested to contribute towards the diocesan budget).