About General Synod
The national assembly of the Church of England
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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.
Houses of the General Synod
There are 483 members of General Synod. Members are arranged into three Houses:House of Bishops
Diocesan bishops, along with a few suffragan or assistant bishops, make up the House of Bishops. The House also regularly meets separately from the Synod to discuss issues of episcopal ministry, mission and national issues affecting the Church of England.
Excluding bishops, all ordained members of the General Synod form the House of Clergy.
The House of Laity consists of lay members from every diocese of the Church of England. Nearly all lay members of Synod are elected by deanery synods (or annual meetings of the chaplaincies, in the case of the Diocese in Europe) or are chosen by and from the lay members of religious communities.
The Synod Office
The General Synod is supported by staff of the National Church Institutions. The Synod Office is located at Church House, Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3AZ. The Church House switchboard number is 020 7898 1000.Synod Staff
William Nye, Secretary General
020 7898 1361
Dr Jacqui Philips, Clerk to the Synod
020 7898 1385
Stephen Slack, Chief Legal Adviser and Joint Registrar of the Provinces of Canterbury and York
020 7898 1366
The Revd Alexander McGregor, Deputy Legal Adviser to the General Synod
020 7898 1748
Adrian Iles, Legal Adviser
020 7898 1377
Christopher Packer, Legislative Counsel
020 7898 1799
Andrew Brown, Head of Events (House of Bishops and General Synod)
020 7898 1374
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