Private Members' Motions

Private Members' Motions explained

Private Members' Motions (PMMs) are one of a number of ways debates can be brought to the attention of the General Synod.

Any member of the General Synod can write and submit a PMM. In order to decide whether a PMM should be put on the General Synod's agenda the Business Committee requires a minimum of 100 expressions of interest in support for the motion to be debated in the form of signatures. By putting their name to particular motions, members are signalling that they think they should be debated. Information on how Synod members can sign PMMs can be found on the Members' Resources page.

When putting together the agenda for the next meeting of the Synod, the Business Committee thinks about the number of signatures each motion has received. Generally there is only space for one or two PMMs to be debated in each meeting of the General Synod (group of sessions). While the motion with the most signatures is often the one selected there can be reasons for selecting another that has also attracted considerable support (it might, for example, be more time-critical).

Once a motion has been open for signature for three groups of sessions, if it has not attracted 100 signatures, it expires.

Below are the current Private Members' Motions. They can be signed electronically by emailing to [email protected].

Current Private Members' Motions

Bullying by lay officers
Church of England Youth Synod
Clergy pensions
Declaration of Christian Incompatibility of Pride
Disinvestment in fossil fuel
Further use of churchyards
Future of Central Church Institutions
Grooming of children
Independent Commission on accountability
Inquiry into allegations of abuse within the Soul Survivor network
LGBTQIA+ and relationship education
Parochial fees and scheduled matters amending order 2019
Reform of Diocesan Working Practices
Remove divorce impediment to ordination
Synodical approval of budgets and spending plans
Vocations process and issues in human sexuality

By filling in and submitting the following form, Synod members are including his or her name on the list of members who support a debate on the selected PMM.

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The Archbishops' Council, Church Commissioners and Church of England Pensions Board are the three main operating bodies of the Church of England. The other National Church Institutions can be found on our website.

Private Members Motions fall under Special Agenda III. The other Special Agendas are: Legislative Business (Special Agenda I); Liturgical Business (Special Agenda II); and Diocesan Synod Motions (Special Agenda IV)