Over two days, member’s discussed matters on a range of Diocesan business and learnt from a number of Diocesan colleagues on matters ranging from schools, Changing Market Towns and financial outlook and governance.
What is Bishop’s Council?
The functions of the Bishop's Council are set out specifically in Standing Order 47 of the Diocesan Synod Standing Orders as follows:
Members of the Bishop's Council act as the Company Directors and Charity Trustees of Ely Diocesan Board of Finance. Its members have legal duties to comply with company and charity law in terms of the running of the Diocese as a charitable business.
Membership of Bishop's Council is set out in Standing Order 44 of the Diocesan Synod Standing Orders, and comprises ex officio members, lay and clergy members elected from each archdeaconry, Bishop's appointees and co-opted members. The term of office three years, starting on 1 January following the reconstitution of Diocesan Synod.
The Bishop's Council meets up to six times each year, usually on a Thursday evening from 7 - 9pm, with supper served beforehand at Bishop Woodford House. A residential meeting also takes place once a year for which overnight accommodation and meals are provided.
The dates for 2019 have been set as follows:
All members of the Bishop's Council are expected to attend and participate fully in all meetings. It is also expected that each member will also be an active member of at least one of the sub-committees or other statutory committees of the Diocese, including: Council for Ministry, Council for Mission, Diocesan Board of Education, Finance Committee, Houses Committee and the Assets Committee.