Last updated 19th February 2019
The General Synod considers and approves legislation affecting the whole of the Church of England, formulates new forms of worship, debates matters of national and international importance, and approves the annual budget for the work of the Church at national level.
The General Synod comprises the Convocations of Canterbury and York, joined together in a House of Bishops and a House of Clergy, to which is added a House of Laity.
It meets in February in London and in July in York, and occasionally in November in London.
As well as the Bishop of Blackburn (ex-officio member) the following are elected members of General Synod:
Elections to General Synod happen every five years. The next election process commences in spring 2020.