Melbourne’s Anglican Synod contemplated its own future – and that of the way the Church prepares candidates for ordination and provides continuing professional development for clergy – on its third night, Friday 19 October.
Synod commended a review of its own size and composition that proposed that lay parish representatives be in proportion to full-time equivalent ministry staff in each parish. It endorsed the principle that its House of Laity should have at least as many members as its House of Clergy and asked the Diocesan Council, which meets regularly between sessions of Synod, to bring recommendations on clergy representation to next year’s Synod with a view to introducing new representation in time for the 52nd Synod, which is to meet from 2016-18.
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