WHO ARE THE DELEGATES TO SYNOD?
- Clergy of the diocese, who are licensed to a definite sphere of work within or without the diocese, and are not members of another Anglican diocese
- Retired clergy who are serving as interim priest-in-charge
- Clergy who have retired from active work in the diocese within the six months preceding the electoral synod
- Ministers of other denominations who are licensed by the bishop for special work in ministering to congregations, provided that denomination is in full communion with the Anglican Church of Canada.
- Chancellor, the vice-chancellor, the registrar, the lay secretary and the treasurer.
- Diocesan president of Anglican Church Women
- Lay delegates elected by parishes or congregations
- Youth delegates elected by the regions
As a member of Synod you are to:
- Fully apprised of the challenges and opportunities facing our diocese
- Knowledgeable about the competencies and tasks required of a bishop
- Informed about the gifts and abilities of each candidate
Additionally, you are to:
- Faithfully discern, implement, monitor and adjust the priorities and plans for our shared vision and ministry within the diocese.
- Serve as an active, contributing member of your parish council, providing a critical link between your congregation and the diocese.
Before an electoral synod
- Participate in regional gatherings (this is where youth delegates are elected to Synod) and report back to your parish in a timely manner about these gatherings.
- Read all materials prepared for the synod including candidate information (available June 17 -tentative).
- Acquaint yourself with the Canons and Regulations of the diocese, paying particular attention to Canon 1.2 Election of a Bishop.
- Acquaint yourself with Canon 4(b) of the Canons of the Ecclesiastical Province of British Columbia and Yukon.
- Read the Episcopal Ministry document that outlines the role of a bishop in the life of a diocese.
- Meet with the other delegates from your parish to discuss the candidate profiles and how well they reflect the needs, challenges, opportunities of our diocese at this time and how well suited to the role of bishop you believe them to be.
- Pray for the delegates and other diocesan leaders.
- Be on time! Once registration closes, if your name is not on the list you will not be allowed onto the floor of Synod and you will not be allowed to vote.
- Participate in worship--this is not a supplement to a synod, it is an integral part of our coming together, as the body of Christ, to do the work of the church.
- Vote—and remember, you are representing only yourself. Cast your vote based on your understanding and opinion on the matter, not as a representative from your parish. Abstention (not voting) is not permitted.
- Be a positive ambassador for Synod in your parish
- Report back to the congregation on the events and outcome of the election
- Support Synod decisions even when you personally disagree
- Read and share information with your parish from Diocesan Council minutes (found on the diocesan website) and what highlights found in the “Fly on the Wall” column in the Diocesan Post.
- If you are a member of a committee or Diocesan Council, attend regularly and report back to your parish.
DELEGATE OR MEMBER?
You are a delegate only if you are lay person elected to Synod by a parish or region. A delegate (or substitute) becomes a member of Synod when they arrive at Synod and register. All licensed clergy are members.
KNOW WHAT YOU'RE SIGNING UP FOR
Be sure you understand the time commitment required as a member of any committee prior to saying “yes". Speak to your parish clergy or warden for more information.
Lay Delegate Position Description (for parish office use)