The Diocese is divided into 29 deaneries or groups of parishes. Every Deanery is required to have a Synod. This is chaired by the Area Dean and an elected Lay Chair.
The Area Dean and Lay Chair work closely with the Area Bishop and Archdeacon. Their priorities include Mission Action Planning and the allocation of the ‘share’ from the deanery to the parishes.
Under the Synodical Government Measure 1969 deaneries also have the power to bring proposals and motions to Diocesan Synod for debate. Any deanery wishing to bring a motion to the Diocesan Synod should contact the Diocesan Secretary (link).
Deanery Synod members also act as the electorate for all elections to Diocesan Synod and General Synod.