Diocesan elections


Elections

There are many ways in which you can support the mission and ministry of the church across our 445 parishes and one of them is to help us to exercise sound governance.  We are encouraging a wide and diverse cross section of our members to become involved.  If you feel called to work collaboratively, assisting in openness of communication and ensuring clarity of decision making, then please do come forward to offer your time and talents. Current elections include:

Bishop’s Council

Following the summer elections to Bishop’s Council there remains one clergy elected vacancy and five laity elected vacancies.  Therefore, a second election is being run and nominations will be welcome from Thursday 21 October 2021, closing on 18 November 2021.  If you would like to know about what the Bishop’s Council does and the type of person being looked for click here.

Who can stand?

Those eligible to stand are members of the House of Clergy and of Laity from the Diocesan Synod.   A candidate must be proposed and seconded by two individuals of the same house (clergy or laity).   A hard copy of the nomination form, with the relevant signatures must be received by midday Thursday 18 November 2021. 

Nomination form | WordPDF 

The voting period will be from 22 November – 8 December 2021.  Electors are the members of the House of Clergy and Laity from the Diocesan Synod.  Results will be announced on Thursday 9 December 2021.  Membership will run for the term of the triennium, ending on 31 July 2024.

Vacancy in See (VIS)

This committee considers the appointment of the new Diocesan Bishop and only meets when a vacancy occurs.  The current membership will end on 31 December 2021 and therefore elections need to be held this autumn.

There are two clergy elected posts and four lay elected posts on the VIS committee.   The election is being run and nominations will be welcome from Thursday 21 October 2021, closing on 18 November 2021. 

Who can stand?

Those eligible to stand for the clergy posts is any clergy beneficed or licensed in the diocese by the Diocesan Bishop.

Those eligible to stand for the lay posts is any person aged 16 or over who is an active communicant and either a member of an electoral roll of a parish within the Diocese or declared as being part of the worshipping community of a mission initiative in the Diocese by the leader of the initiative.

A clergy nominee must be proposed and seconded by two individuals of the House of Clergy.

A lay nominee can be proposed and seconded by two individuals of the House of Laity of Diocesan Synod. 

If a nominee does not know any Diocesan Synod members (see current membership list here), please send the nomination form to Lorna Todd at the diocesan office by Monday 15 November 2021 and we will try to find willing supporters for you.  (4 Cutler Street, Ipswich, IP1 1UQ).

A hard copy of the nomination form, with the relevant signatures must be received by midday Thursday 18 November. 

Nomination form | WordPDF 

The voting period will be from 22 November – 8 December 2021.  Electors are the members of the House of Clergy and Laity from the Diocesan Synod. Results will be announced on Thursday 9 December 2021.  Members will take up their office from 1 January 2022 for three years, until 31 December 2024. 

The Diocesan Board of Patronage

Is patron to a number of benefices within the diocese acting either solely or jointly with others.  There are currently two laity vacancies on the Board.    Elections will be held in the new year.  Further details will be added in due course.

Diocesan Synod

There are numerous vacancies on Diocesan Synod, both clergy and lay.  The membership for this triennium runs from 1 August 2021 to 31 July 2024. 

Who Can Stand?

Those eligible to stand are members of deanery synods.  There is a set number of representatives for clergy and laity allocated to each of the sixteen deaneries.  Elections take place at deanery synods. 

If you are interested in representing your deanery at diocesan synod, please speak to your Rural Dean.

 

For any further queries 

Please contact Lorna Todd in the first instance or tel: 07485 348888.

 


Page last updated: 2nd November 2021 2:30 PM