For A Synodal Church

Communion, Participation and Mission
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The Synod in Northampton Diocese

‘The purpose of the Synod… is not to produce documents, but “to plant dreams, draw forth prophecies and visions, allow hope to be nourished, inspire trust, bind up wounds, weave together relationships… and create a bright resourcefulness that will enlighten minds, warm hearts, give strength to our hands.”’ Synod Preparatory Document


In April the first phase of the universal Synod came to an end.  An extraordinary number of parishes took part, and our diocese published the Diocesan Synod Report

Bishop David has said that it is imperative that we become a Synodal diocese, so that we can listen to the Holy Spirit as we head into the future.  In Phase 2 of our process, we continue to journey together to Gospel filled community, participation and mission.  As was promised in the diocesan report, we will be establishing a series of working parties to reflect further on the main themes arising from the listening.  We will also encourage participation in this process through a series of themed webinars and in-person meetings.

This is all in tandem with parishes responding to their own local process and plans. On the Parish Focus page you will find new resources: Listening to the Listening, and our One Step challenge.  As we grow together, we become more practised at listening and speaking graciously, and discerning the Holy Spirit at work among us.

We are very excited to announce a Diocesan Assembly on 15th July 2023 to bring together all our Synod listening, and discern next steps for the future. 

For resources from Phase 1, click here.