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June Diocesan Synod

Monday 13th June 2016

Diocesan Synod June 2016 Presidential Address

In his Presidential Address (watch via the link above) Bishop Martin began Synod by asking members to express their thanks and convey their prayers to Canon Nicholas Edgell who, after 20 years of dedicated service, has taken the difficult decision to leave the role of Diocesan Secretary and Chief Executive. Kidney failure has recently resulted in daily dialysis and the prospect of a transplant in the near future. Synod gave a warm welcome to Mr Charles Darley who will serve as Interim Diocesan Secretary for the next 6-9 months. Synod also expressed their delight at hearing Bishop Tim Stevens had been awarded a CBE in HM The Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Diocesan finances were the main topic of discussion during the first half of the agenda. In describing the on-going financial deficit, The Venerable Ian Morgan, Chairman of the Diocesan Board of Finance said, “Enough is enough” and explained that considerable work is now happening to ensure we are better stewards of our resources. A discussion followed about the Centenary Share review and allocation for 2017 which was agreed by Synod – the word ‘generosity’ rather than ‘formula’ was emphasised. A draft budget for 2017 was discussed and agreed and it was noted that, for the first time in several years if the Centenary Share is paid in full, expenditure and income will balance.
Vision & Strategy
During the second half of Synod Bishop Martin presented the Vision and Strategic Plan for our diocese. This will be the road map for how we live out God’s call to us for the next five years. The core of it being ‘Growing in God’ which has been taken on board by many parishes and benefices across the diocese. Synod discussed the proposed document and voted in favour of it. This will be communicated to parishes shortly. 
Synod closed with prayers.
Full minutes of the meeting will be available in due course.