The Church Representation Rules are a vital tool for all those involved in parochial, diocesan and national Church governance. In particular, the Rules govern the preparation of the church electoral roll, the conduct of annual parochial church meetings, and the membership and election of PCCs, deanery synods and diocesan synods.

The current version of the Rules was produced for 2017 and can be purchased as a book or EPUB eBook from Church House Publishing using this link. A Kindle edition can be purchased from Amazon.

If you need advice regarding the Rules you should contact your diocesan registrar. Contact details for all diocesan registrars can be found here.


Relating to a church parish


The Parochial Church Council - each parish has this executive committee, which is made of clergy, church wardens and lay members.

Deanery Synod

A body consisting of clergy working in a deanery and lay representatives elected from every parish.

Diocesan Synod

Body consisting of clergy and lay representatives elected from across the diocese


The legal officer for a diocese who gives legal advice to churches and clergy on matters relating to their work, preparing legal documents for the diocese and more.

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