The Diocesan Board of Finance is the administrative company (and registered charity) of the Diocese. It aims to promote, facilitate and assist with the work and purpose of the Church of England for the advancement of Christian faith in the Diocese of Sheffield and elsewhere. A number of structures exist within the Diocese to manage it on a daily basis. This structure, and the committees that make them up, allocate responsibility and accountability for decisions in a democratic way. An overview of the functions of these committees is provided below.

Diocesan Meeting Dates 2019

Annual Reports of Boards, Committes and Departments 2017

General Synod

The General Synod is the national assembly of the Church of England. It decides on key issues in the life of the Church, ranging from legislative and policy decisions, such as the ordination of women as bishops or the approval of new forms of liturgy, to more routine matters like the fees for church weddings.  The Synod is given power by Parliament to pass ‘Measures’ which, on approval by Parliament, become part of the law of the land.  General Synod also has a strong interest in current affairs and social issues.

General Synod is elected every five years by a system of proportional representation. It is made up of three Houses: Bishops, Clergy and Laity with a maximum total number of members of 467. The House of Bishops includes all diocesan bishops plus seven suffragan (or assistant) bishops. In addition to clergy elected from the dioceses, the House of Clergy also includes cathedral deans, a representative of prison chaplains and clergy employed in the universities. The House of Laity is composed chiefly of lay people elected from the dioceses.  General Synod meets two or three times a year in London or York. Current elected members of General Synod from Sheffield Diocese are:

  • Clergy representatives: The Venerable Malcolm Chamberlain, The Revd Canon Geoffrey Harbord and The Revd Eleanor Robertshaw.
  • Lay Representatives: Mark Russell, Jane Patterson and Canon Elizabeth Paver.

More information about General Synod 

Diocesan Synod

Meeting three times a year, usually in April, June and November, Diocesan Synod is the statutory governing body of the Diocese.  It is elected with representation across the Diocese with broadly equal members of clergy and lay (not ordained) people meeting together with the bishops and archdeacons quarterly.

Diocesan Synod Members

Diocesan Synod Standing Orders

Diocesan Synod Members' Guide

Bishop's Council

The Bishop’s Council is the Standing Committee of the Diocesan Synod. It plans the business of the Synod, advises it, and transacts its business when not in session. As Bishop's Council, it advises the Bishop, appoints members to various committees, and formulates, discusses and co-ordinates policies relating to the life and work of the diocese. 

For further information contact the Diocesan Secretary at Church House.

Board of Finance

The Sheffield Diocesan Board of Finance is a Registered Charity, number 245861. The Board is also a company limited by guarantee, company number 196087 with the members of the Bishop’s Council as Directors. The Diocesan Board of Finance aims to finance stipendiary ministry and fund the mission of the Church in this Diocese through the re-distribution of funding from Common Fund, the use of Church Commissioners’ selective allocation to the poorer Dioceses and the application of other resources and investment income wherever possible.  Common Fund is an approach to provide mutual support from those relatively wealth parishes to those with low income, often in areas of social deprivation, in order to ensure that the ministry of the Church is provided in every place.  The Board of Finance through its Business Committee, Bishop’s Council and Diocesan Synod agrees an annual expenditure budget.

Annual Report and Financial Statements 2017

Annual Reports and Financial Statements 2016

Summarised Financial Statements 2017

Summarised Financial Statements 2016

Board of Education

Overseeing Church Schools within the Diocese.  

Diocesan Advisory Committee

The role of the Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) is to work with and advise churches on how to make the best use of their buildings so that they are a positive and valued part of their mission and outreach. In offering advice, the DAC has to balance legislative requirements with the desire to preserve heritage and the need to make church buildings valued and useful spaces fit for the liturgies and technologies of the twenty-first century.

Board of Faith & Justice

Aims to develop a passionate, confident and prophetic vision of the distinctive contribution that churches in our Diocese can make towards establishing communities which are more just, sustainable, hospitable, and places of sanctuary

Vacancy in See Committee

This is required to be in existence at all times in every diocese. The Committee only meets when there is a vacancy in the See. In other words, in the case of the Diocese of Sheffield, when the post of Bishop of Sheffield has become vacant. 

Mission and Pastoral Committee

Deals with reviewing arrangements for pastoral supervision and care in the diocese; preparing strategies or proposals which may include reorganisation, and making recommendations to the Bishop; carrying out responsibilities in relation to the future of churches no longer required for public worship.

List of committee members