This is a statutory body established under the Synodical Government Measure 1969. It acts as the Standing Committee of the Synod and carries on the work of the Synod between sessions. It advises the Bishop on matters where he seeks guidance and has, since its inception in 1970, gradually assumed an important role in the formulation of diocesan policy. The Council has normally met four times each year. Meetings are held at 7pm until approximately 9pm in the Diocesan Office.
The Council receives regular reports from the Board for Mission and Ministry, Agenda Group and Policy Sub-Committee. It also responds to national consultations e.g. on the Clergy Pension scheme. It has four main sub-committees:
i) The Agenda Group which advises the Council on the agenda and arrangements for Synod
ii) The Policy Sub-Committee which is made up of the chairmen of the main Boards and Committees, the House of Clergy and House of Laity. Its role is “to recommend policy options, to develop and monitor goals, and to consider the future plans of diocesan boards”.
iii) The Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Executive Committee which is made up of the three Archdeacons, one Rural Dean and two Lay Chairs, plus a member nominated from the Property Committee of the DBF. Its role is to make better provision for the cure of souls in the Diocese and to consider proposals for pastoral reorganisation.
iv) The Closed Churches Uses Committee which is charged with finding uses for churches closed for regular worship. It usually meets twice a year on a weekday afternoon at Holywell Lodge, with occasional site visits as required.
Membership: (2019 – 2021)
Ex Officio: The Bishop; The Bishops Suffragan; The Dean; The Archdeacons; The Chairs of the Houses of Clergy and Laity of the Diocesan Synod; The Chairs of the Board of Finance, Board of Education and the Board for Mission and Ministry.
Elected by the House of Clergy: The Reverend Dr Sam Cappleman, the Reverend Fiona Gibson, the Reverend Canon Jo Loveridge.
Elected by the House of Laity: Mrs Janet Bird, Mr Nigel Challis, Dr David Dallinger, Dr Mark Eaton, Dr Jacob Kurien, Mr John Robinson, Mr Michael Taylor and two vacancies.
Bishop’s Nominations: Mr Simon Baynes, Mr Tim Fleming and two vacancies.
Secretary: Miss Susan Pope
Dates of meetings in 2019:
Monday 14 January
Monday 1 April
Monday 15 July
Monday 21 October