Winchester Diocesan Synod is the primary governing body of the diocese. The Synod is formed of the Bishops of the diocese along with elected representatives of clergy and lay people from across the diocese. Members are elected every three years by those on Deanery Synods and meets three times yearly, usually in March, June and November. The Diocesan Synod is made up of three Houses : the House of Bishops, the House of Clergy, and the House of Laity (i.e. the non-clerical members). The Houses of Clergy and Laity also meet separately informally about three times a year for fellowship and to discuss issues pertaining particularly to their Houses.
Whilst this remit is both wide ranging and critical, it is also important to note that these roles are of a strategic or ‘big picture’ nature. More detailed policy level or operational decisions fall under the responsibility of the Bishop’s Council & Standing Committee, the Diocesan Bishop, and other Diocesan committees.