About Truro Diocesan Synod

Truro Diocesan Synod considers matters referred from General Synod, Deanery Synods, PCCs and from individual diocesan synod members. It formulates diocesan policy on a wide range of issues, assists the Bishops and their staff to support and oversee the work of the diocese, approves the budget, and debates important local and national issues affecting the Church.


The functions of the Truro Diocesan Synod are set out in the Synodical Government Measure 1969:

  • Consider matters concerning the Church of England and to make provision for such matters in relation to their diocese, and to consider and express their opinion on any other matters of religious or public interest;
  • Advise the bishop on any matters on which he may consult the Synod;
  • Consider and express their opinion on any matters referred to them by the General Synod and, in particular, to approve or disapprove provisions referred to them by General Synod;
  • Consider proposals for the annual budget and to approve or disapprove them;
  • Consider the Annual Report and Accounts of the Diocesan Board of

The Truro Diocesan Synod may not make any statement purporting to declare the doctrine of the Church; this role is reserved for the General Synod.

It is important to note that these roles are strategic; more detailed decisions fall under the responsibility of the Bishop’s Diocesan Council and other diocesan committees.

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