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Vacancies in the House of Clergy of General Synod

First published on: 5th March 2024

Two casual vacancies have arisen in the House of Clergy of General Synod. This is an opportunity to represent the concerns of your community and our diocese at a national level by standing for election to the legislative body of the Church of England. 

Nominations are invited for clergy representatives from the Diocese of Manchester to General Synod for the remainder of this General Synod term 2021-2026. The closing date for nominations is Thursday, 4th April 2024. As a member of General Synod you can have a say in national legislation that affects all parts of the Church of England. You can also raise issues and contribute to debates on social and policy matters.

The General Synod has three houses: bishops, clergy and laity. Diocesan bishops are automatically members of Synod by virtue of their office. In addition, each province of the Church of England elects two suffragan bishops from each province. Each diocese is allocated a number of seats in the Houses of Clergy and Laity – the number of seats varies according to the size of each diocese. 

As the two vacancies relate to the House of Clergy, any member of clergy who holds ecclesiastical office in a diocese or cathedral or who has permission to officiate can stand in an election to the House of Clergy for the diocese. Clergy representatives (known as “Proctors”) are elected by their peers, i.e. other clergy persons in that diocese. 

For further information about standing for these casual proctorial vacancies in the General Synod, contact



Monday, 4th March 2024

Nominations open

Thursday, 4th April 2024

Nominations close

Thursday, 11th April 2024

Election addresses close

Friday, 19th April 2024

Ballot opens

Monday, 13th May 2024

Ballot closes*

* A date for both a hustings and the election count will be announced once the need for an election has been confirmed, which will be at the close of the Nomination period.

Election addresses should be no longer than 1,000 words. 

More information about elections to General Synod are available here Elections to Synod

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